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Mr. Clelland: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what options for bariatric surgery for the morbidly obese are provided by (a) Gateshead and South Tyneside Primary Care Trust and (b) Liverpool Primary Care Trust in their respective areas; 
(2) how many morbidly obese patients in (a) the Gateshead and South Tyneside Primary Care Trust area and (b) the Liverpool Primary Care Trust area have been offered a duodenal switch in (i) 2005, (ii) 2006, (iii) 2007 and (iv) 2008 to date. 
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence has published Guidance on the prevention, identification, assessment and management of overweight and obesity in adults and children. This is available at:
It is up to primary care trusts as local commissioners and providers of services to determine the most appropriate methods to deliver health care to their populations, based on clinical need and effectiveness, and following medical advice.
Ann Keen: Expenditure data relating to Problems of Vision, covering both primary and secondary care services, are collected as part of the annual programme budgeting returns to the Department by primary care trusts. Programme budgeting data for 2007-08 are not scheduled to be collected from primary care trusts until December 2008 and therefore are not currently available.
Ann Keen: The information is not held centrally. The Information Centre for health and social care will publish the numbers of General Ophthalmic Services ophthalmic practitioners per 100,000 population, as at 31 December 2007, in the General Ophthalmic Services: Workforce Statistics for England and Wales, 31 December 2007 report. It is anticipated that the report will be published in November 2008, with information available by primary care trust and strategic health authority.
Ann Keen: A Programme Delivery Board, Chaired by Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, NHS Medical Director, has been established to bring together all those with a role in implementing the recommendations, including representatives from all four UK Health Departments, NHS Blood and Transplant, Human Tissue Authority, National Commissioning Group, Healthcare Commission and the relevant professional organisations. The Board will be responsible for ensuring that all recommendations are fully implemented.
In addition, Chris Rudge took up his appointment as the first National Clinical Director for Transplantation in September, with a remit of driving forward the implementation of the Taskforce recommendations.
Phil Hope [holding answer 20 October 2008]: This information is only collected at primary care trust (PCT) level. The number of community pharmacies open in Lancashire PCTs at 31 March 2007 is shown in the following table.
|Number of community pharmacies|
The Information Centre for health and social care
Dr. Richard Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost has been of investigations into alleged wrongfully claimed exemptions from prescription charges in the last 12 months; and how much the NHS received in penalty charges during that period. 
The number of people prescribed a medicine is not held centrally. The number of prescription items for methylphenidate hydrochloride dispensed in the community in England for the period requested is shown in the following table.
|Calendar year||Number of prescription items dispensed ( Th ousand)|
Prescription Cost Analysis (PCA) Data
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in each local authority area were in receipt of the social care personal expenses allowance in each of the last five financial years for which figures are available. 
Care home residents who are supported by local authorities contribute most of their income to pay for the cost of their care, but to ensure they have money to spend on personal items, they are guaranteed a weekly personal expenses allowance (PEA). The PEA is not a benefit paid to residents, but the minimum amount of their own money they must be left with, after their contribution to the cost of their care has been deducted from their income. All care home residents who are supported by local authorities in residential accommodation under section 21 of the National Assistance Act 1948 will, therefore, receive at least the PEA each week.
|Local authority supported residents in registered accommodation, at 31 March 2003 to 2007, England|
Paul Holmes: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting times were for (a) heart and (b) cancer operations in (i) Chesterfield, (ii) Derbyshire and (iii) England in each year since 1997. 
|Mean and median days waited for a heart operation 1997-98 to 2006-07|
|England||Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust||Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation trust|
|Mean days waited||Median days waited||Finished Consultant Episodes||Mean days waited||Median days waited||Finished Consultant Episodes||Mean days waited||Median days waited||Finished Consultant Episodes|
|(1) Denotes very few heart operations were performed in Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust between 1997-98 and 2001 02. Those heart operations that did take place were likely to be emergency procedures.|
(2) Denotes 1997-98 data have not been provided for Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust due to a complex merger that occurred during this time.
Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), The NHS Information Centre for health and social care.
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