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Continuing Care: Direct Payments

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people received continuing care payments in (a) England, (b) each strategic health authority and (c) each NHS trust in each of the last five years. [236944]

Phil Hope: Data on the total number of people in receipt of continuing care in each year are not collected centrally.

Departmental Co-ordination

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department has received from HM Treasury in the last six months. [235724]


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Mr. Bradshaw: The Treasury issues a wide range of policy and financial guidance to Departments. This includes guidance on the publication of 2008 Autumn Performance Reports, and aspects of accounting including the implementation of International Financial Reporting Standards.

Departmental Land

Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has for each of the sites owned by his Department and registered on the Register of Surplus Public Sector Land; what construction projects are planned for each site; and when he expects each site to be returned to use. [236442]

Mr. Bradshaw: The Department is actively pursuing the disposal of all the sites in its control that are currently included on the Register of Surplus Public Sector Land. It will be for the purchasers of these sites to determine the use to which they are put and when they are returned to use.

Departmental Public Relations

Mr. Maude: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Rochford and Southend East (James Duddridge) of 6 October 2008, Official Report, columns 406-7W, on departmental public relations, which firms were employed; and what topic of work each undertook. [233879]

Mr. Bradshaw: The public relations (PR) agencies which were employed through the Central Office of Information (COI) framework agreement and the topics of work were as follows:

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

Disabled People: North East

Mrs. Hodgson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many young people in (a) Gateshead and (b) Sunderland are registered as physically disabled. [235963]

Phil Hope: The information requested is not held centrally.


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Elderly: Mentally Incapacitated

Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) care homes and (b) beds for the elderly mentally infirm there were in (i) England and (ii) each local authority in each of the last five years. [234362]

Phil Hope: I am informed by the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI) that it does not register care homes according to the age of residents. CSCI inspectors will decide at the time of an inspection whether to inspect a home against the national minimum standards (NMS) for care homes for older people or younger adults. This decision is based on the age profile of the residents of the home at the time of inspection.

CSCI does not register care homes according to the client groups, such as those suffering from dementia, which they may accommodate. CSCI will register a home as being able to care for at least one service user from a particular client group. These client groups do not include the "elderly mentally infirm". CSCI registers homes as being able to care for people with dementia, people with learning disability and people with a mental disorder—not including a learning disability or dementia.

Information on the numbers of care homes with at least one place registered to care for older people with dementia and/or mental disorder which were active in each local authority area and England on 31 March at the end of each financial year shown, that had been inspected at some point prior against the NMS for older people (though not necessarily during the year in question), has been placed in the Library.

Health Services: Crosby

Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what expenditure his Department has incurred on the establishment of new health service facilities in Crosby constituency since 1997. [236691]

Mr. Bradshaw: This information is not collected centrally. However, the Sefton Primary Care Trust is a partner in the Liverpool and Sefton Local Improvement Finance Trust scheme which has delivered six primary care centres for patients. This includes the Litherland Town Hall Health Centre which was redeveloped at a cost of £5.1 million and opened to patients in September 2005.

Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what capital expenditure his Department has incurred on health service projects in Crosby constituency since 1997. [236692]

Mr. Bradshaw: The information is not available in the format requested. However, the following table shows the total expenditure on purchased additions of fixed assets by national health service body. The Department does not hold information relating to the reasons for this expenditure, or for the geographical areas in which it is spent.


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£000

2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08

Sefton Primary Care Trust

886

743

Aintree Hospitals NHS Trust

8,994

14,751

5,329

4,645

917

Royal Liverpool Children's Hospitals NHS Trust

3,898

3,885

2,852

3,790

3,781

5,848

Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

4,740

20,302

18,702

13,279

6,790

6,498

Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital NHS Trust

2,605

6,584

14,417

20,406

8,173

8,815

Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery NHS Trust

975

1,537

3,390

1,458

1,439

3,989

Total purchased fixed assets

21,212

47,059

44,690

43,578

21,986

25,893

Notes:
1. Data are not available for foundation trusts, so the information for Aintree Hospital NHS Trust only covers the period to 31 July 2006.
2. Sefton Primary Care Trust came into existence in 2006-07, so data prior to this is not available.
3. Levels of capital expenditure vary from year to year depending on local investment decisions.
Source:
Audited summarisation schedules

Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many finished consultant episodes there were in Crosby constituency in 1997; and how many there have been in 2008 to date. [236700]

Mr. Bradshaw: The information is not available in the format requested. However, the following table shows finished consultant episodes (FCEs) at the Aintree University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Sefton primary care trust (PCT), and the former Southport and Formby and South Sefton PCTs.

PCT of responsibility

Aintree University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust as a provider Sefton PCT Southport and Formby PCT South Sefton PCT

2006-07

100,008

95,548

2005-06

97,945

28,118

56,691

2004-05

91,900

25,360

53,478

2003-04

86,747

26,363

52,619

2002-03

78,117

26,613

47,269

2001-02

74,542

2000-01

78,248

1999-2000

74,910

1998-99

73,596

1997-98

80,535

Notes:
1. The Southport and Formby PCT and the South Sefton PCTs merged in 2006-07 to create the Sefton PCT—these two PCTs can be added together to compare with 2006-07.
2. As a result of the merger of the Southport and Formby PCT and the South Sefton PCT, figures are provided for these PCTs from 2002-03 to 2005-06. A complex merger occurred prior to 2002-03 and it is not possible to trace which trusts should be included in order to get an accurate comparable figure.
3. Ungrossed data—figures have not been adjusted for shortfalls in data.
4. A FCE is defined as a period of admitted patient care under one consultant within one health care provider. FCEs are counted against the year in which the FCE finishes. The figures do not represent the number of patients, as a person may have more than one episode of care within the year.
5. It is also important that the PCT and trust figures are not added together, as the same FCEs may be counted under both organisations. This is because the trust data look at activity provided by the trust, whereas the PCT activity looks at activity commissioned by the PCT (which may then be provided at Aintree University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust).
6. Data Quality—HES are compiled from data sent by more than 300 NHS trusts and PCTs in England. Data are also received from a number of independent sector organisations for activity commissioned by the English NHS. The Information Centre for health and social care liaises closely with these organisations to encourage submission of complete and valid data and seeks to minimise inaccuracies and the effect of missing and invalid data via HES processes. While this brings about improvement over time, some shortcomings remain.
Source:
Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), the Information Centre for health and social care.

Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients in Crosby constituency waited more than six months for treatment in 1997; and how many have done so in 2008 to date. [236701]

Mr. Bradshaw: The information is not available at constituency level.

At quarter 4 1996-97, there were 2,946 patients waiting more than six months for treatment in the former health authority area, which includes the Crosby constituency.

During 2008, no patients within the Sefton primary care trust area have waited more than six months for treatment.

Hospitals: Admissions

Mr. Syms: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of the average length of stay in hospital of a patient in days in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement. [235461]

Mr. Bradshaw: The median length of stay is two days. This figure relates to 2006-07 activity in NHS hospitals in England, and activity performed in the independent sector in England which was commissioned by the NHS in England. This is the most recent year for which information is available.


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