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Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures his Department has put in place to assess patient satisfaction with hospital meals. 
Ann Keen: The Department is able to measure and assess patient satisfaction with hospital meals via the Care Quality Commission's annual national in-patient survey.
This survey asks a sample of patients how they rate hospital food, as well as whether they were offered a choice of food and whether they got enough help from staff to eat their meals. Trusts may also conduct their own patient questionnaires to assess patient satisfaction with hospital meals.
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospital inspections were carried out by the Care Quality Commission and its predecessors in each of the last three years; and how many visits to hospital premises were made by inspectors from the Care Quality Commission and its predecessors in each of the last three years. 
Mr. Mike O'Brien: The Care Quality Commission has provided the following information.
The information is not available in the format requested.
Since 1 April 2009, there have been 84 inspections of national health service trusts against core standards and 74 inspections of non-NHS acute hospitals. In addition, the Commission has completed 186 health care associated infection inspections of NHS trusts.
The total number of inspections of independent health care providers for the previous three years carried out by the Healthcare Commission were:
This includes all independent health care providers regulated by Healthcare Commission, not all of which are hospitals.
The total number of NHS trusts inspected by the Healthcare Commission against core standards were:
This is not the number of individual visits. Some trusts had more than one visit as part of an inspection.
The number of health care-associated inspections of NHS trusts carried out by the Healthcare Commission were:
This does not include follow up visits.
These figures do not include service reviews, clinical audits, or any of the investigations undertaken by the Healthcare Commission.
Anne Main: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spent on hotel accommodation for (a) Ministers, (b) special advisers and (c) officials of his Department in each of the last five years. 
Phil Hope: Travel by Ministers and civil servants is undertaken in accordance with the Ministerial Code and the Civil Service Management Code respectively and all expenditure has to be incurred in accordance with the principles of managing public money and the Treasury handbook on Regularity and Propriety.
The amount spent on these expenses is not easily available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
The Cabinet Office publishes an annual list of overseas visits made by Cabinet Ministers costing in excess of £500 dating from 1997 onwards. Details on all Health Ministers overseas travel for 2008-09 can be found on the Cabinet Office website:
Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent by Leicestershire primary care trust on (a) diabetes prevention measures, (b) treatment of diabetes and (c) treatment of diabetes-related illnesses in each of the last three years. 
Ann Keen: The information is not available in the format requested.
Estimated expenditure on diabetes for Leicester City Teaching Primary Care Trust (PCT) and Leicestershire County and Rutland PCT for 2005-06 to 2007-08 is shown in the following table.
|Programme budgeting estimated expenditure on diabetes 2005-06 to 2007-08|
|Programme budgeting category 04a diabetes|
|Expenditure on own population||Leicester City Teaching PCT||Leicestershire County and Rutland PCT|
1. The programme budgeting data collection is complex. Therefore, expenditure figures are best estimates rather than precise measurements. Year on year comparisons are not straightforward due to annual refinements to the data collection methodology and changes to underlying data sources.
2. Diabetes is a subcategory of endocrine, nutritional and metabolic problems. Subcategory level data tend to be less robust than main category data as they are smaller categories and are therefore subject to greater variation.
3. Figures include expenditure across all sectors. Disease specific expenditure does not include expenditure on prevention, or GP expenditure, but does include prescribing expenditure.
4. Programme budgeting data for 2004-05 to 2007-08 are published on the Department website. 2008-09 expenditure data have been collected and are undergoing validation prior to publication.
Annual PCT programme budgeting financial returns
Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how the new patient right to maximum waiting times proposed for the NHS Constitution will apply to (a) mental health services, (b) consultant-led community mental health teams, (c) psychological therapies for lower level anxiety and depression and (d) psychological therapies for severe mental illnesses. 
Phil Hope: Much of mental health activity will be outside the scope of 18 weeks. However, where these services are consultant-led, the 18-week operational standard applies to referrals to mental health services, consultant-led community mental health teams, psychological therapies for lower level anxiety and depression and psychological therapies for severe mental illnesses.
Subject to the outcome of "The NHS Constitution: A consultation on new patient rights", it is intended that the right will be applied in the same way as the 18 week operational standard.
John Battle: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what provision for psychotherapy is available under the NHS. 
The Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme aims to improve access to evidence-based psychological therapy for people with
depression or anxiety disorders, Launched in autumn 2009 and currently delivered in 109 primary care trusts (PCTs), by 2010-11 every PCT in the country will have begun to establish a service.
Although the IAPT programme had focused initially on cognitive behavioural therapy, the national health service has recently extended a commitment to deliver the full range of National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence-approved interventions including interpersonal therapy, couples therapy, brief dynamic therapy, counselling and collaborative care as services develop from 2010-11.
Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the assessed value of (a) NHS-owned land and property in England was in each of the last three years and (b) NHS-owned land and property in England is that is currently unoccupied. 
Mr. Mike O'Brien: The information is not collected in the precise format requested. However, the following information is provided.
The value of land and buildings owned by the national health service is published in their annual financial accounts. These data have been collated centrally and give values for 31 March as:
|Land||Buildings excluding dwellings||Dwellings||Assets under construction|
The data are based on that provided electronically to the Department by NHS trusts and primary care trusts and manually collated data from the financial accounts of foundation trusts. The availability and formatting of the foundation trust data means that they will not be complete.
Information is not collected centrally on NHS owned land and property that is currently unoccupied.
Chris McCafferty: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent discussions he has had with patient representative groups about generic drug substitution; 
(2) if he will take steps to prevent pharmacists from automatically substituting prescribed drugs with their generic equivalents until the proposed generic substitution scheme has been introduced. 
Mr. Mike O'Brien: We have received representations from a number of patient representative groups about our proposals to implement generic substitution in England but have not met with any in advance of the formal consultation, due very shortly.
Currently, pharmacists are not able to dispense a generic product where a branded product has been prescribed and this will remain the position until the generic substitution arrangements are introduced.
Mr. Crausby: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have given up smoking through NHS programmes in each of the last three years. 
Gillian Merron: Information on the number of people in England who have given up smoking(1) in each year from 2006-07 to 2008-09 is provided in table 3, of the national tables published in "Statistics on NHS Stop Smoking Services: England, April 2009 to June 2009 (Q1-Quarterly report)". The table is replicated as follows.
This publication has already been placed in the Library and the relevant table is also available on the NHS Information Centre website at:
www.ic.nhs.uk/webfiles/publications/Health%20 and%20Lifestyles/sss09q1/Stop_Smoking_Services_England _April_09_June_09_Q1_National_Tables.xls
|Table 3: Number setting a quit date, successful quitters( 1) , total spend on smoking cessation services and cost per quitter, quarterly and annually from April 2003, England|
|Number setting a quit date||Number of successful quitters||Percentage who successfully quit||Total expenditure (£000)( 2)||Cost per quitter (£)( 2)|
|(1) A client counted as having successfully quit smoking at the four-week follow-up if he/she has not smoked at all since two weeks after the quit date.|
(2) These figures exclude expenditure on pharmacotherapies (NRT, bupropin and varenicline).
NHS Information Centre, Lifestyle Statistics.
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