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Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to recall any of the advance given to BT for work on the implementation of Cerner Millennium in the South of England as part of the efficiency savings to be made from the National Programme for IT. [308775]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: A payment was made earlier this year to BT as working capital to aid with infrastructure, planning and development work in advance of the deployment of systems and services. This is in line with Treasury rules, and in return for a reduction in payments to be earned for future successful delivery. There are no current plans to seek reimbursement of this payment.

NHS: Information and Communications Technology

Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Pre-Budget Report, Cm 7747, what the (a) initial budget and (b) outturn was in respect of (i) revenue and (ii) capital expenditure for (A) the National Programme for IT and (B) each
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element of the National Programme for IT in each year since the inception of the programme; and how much (1) capital and (2) revenue funding has been allocated for each remaining year of the programme. [307703]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: Comprehensive information in the form requested is not available. This is because the overall cost of the national programme for information technology (NPfTT) includes both central costs, and the costs managed by local national health service bodies incurred in implementing the systems, for example in training staff and upgrading computer hardware. Local information is not routinely collected in a way that differentiates expenditure on the IT programme from other local TT-related expenditure.

Within the Department, NHS Connecting for Health, which came into being in April 2005, is responsible both for central expenditure necessary for ensuring delivery of the IT systems under the national programme, and for maintaining the critical business systems previously provided to the national health service by the former NHS Information Authority. NHS Connecting for Health does not prepare annual whole-programme budgets for NPfTT activity separate from those for its wider responsibilities as this would involve the unnecessary apportionment of common management, administrative and support costs. For the same reason, separate outturn figures are not routinely reported for management information purposes.

Information covering all NHS Connecting for Health's responsibilities is shown in the following tables.

Initial Budget
£ million
2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10













£ million
Actual expenditure Forecast Outturn
2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10















1. All sums exclude capital charges.
2. The amounts include the original costs of NPfTT contracts, which have not changed, but also include new and additional requirements that have been added, supported by separate business cases and funding, as reported by the National Audit Office.
3. Expenditure plans for years beyond 2009-10 are currently being reviewed in the light of announcements made in the pre-Budget report, and of the evolving IT needs of the NHS.

Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made on deployment of Lorenzo and Cerner Millennium in each early adopter site for the National Programme for IT. [307706]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: Lorenzo release 1.0 is currently being used for radiology requests and results by the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust in its general surgery and urology wards, and for the same purpose by Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, where, since December 2009, the clinical documentation functionality has also been implemented.
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South Birmingham Primary Care Trust (PCT) has a number of podiatrists using the system, working in eight different physical locations across the PCT.

In October 2009, Hereford Hospitals NHS Trust went live with clinical documentation in rheumatology, and Five Boroughs Partnership NHS Trust went live across their Halton, Wigan, St. Helens, Warrington and Knowsley sites. In December 2009, Stockport PCT was the sixth trust to begin using the Lorenzo system.

The next software release (release 1.9) extends functionality for all patient administration and clinical care management activities. Bury PCT went live with release 1.9 at the beginning of November 2009 and staff are now regularly using the system to manage case notes, view detailed patient records, and administer care activities.

In London there have been five Cerner Millennium deployments, at Barnet and Chase Farm, Queen Mary's Sidcup, Barts and the London, the Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trusts, and since November 2009, at Kingston Hospital NHS Trust. In addition, the London Programme is managing two other sites at Homerton and Newham which were installed systems outside the National Programme, bringing the total Cerner Millennium sites in the capital to seven.

In the south, eight health communities have to date gone live with the system. Each health community typically comprises an acute Trust and the associated PCT sites in its area. The relevant acute trusts are Winchester and Eastleigh Healthcare NHS Trust; Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust; Weston Area Health NHS Trust; Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust; Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre NHS Trust; Milton Keynes General Hospital NHS Trust; Buckinghamshire Hospitals NHS Trust; and Worthing and Southlands Hospitals NHS Trust.

NHS: Internet

Mr. Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost of maintaining NHS websites was in the last year for which figures are available. [307940]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: The cost for maintaining national health service websites that are run. by individual NHS organisations are not held centrally by the Department and cannot be obtained without incurring disproportionate cost.

NHS: North West

Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the salary is of the (a) chief executive and (b) chair of each (i) hospital and (ii) primary care trust in the North West. [308557]

Ann Keen: This information is not collected centrally. The remuneration of board level non executive and executive directors is a matter of public record and published in the annual accounts of national health service organisation.

Northampton Hospital: Waiting Lists

Ms Keeble: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people had been waiting for operations at Northampton General Hospital for (a) between three
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and six months, (b) between six and 12 months, (c) between one and two years and (d) over two years in (i) 1997 and (ii) 2009. [308756]

Phil Hope: The information requested is not available in the format requested.

In-patient waiting list figures for Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust are shown in the following table.

Patient waiting by time waited at period end
Period Total patients waiting for admission 3-6 months 6-12 months 12-24 months 24+ months

March 1997






March 2009






October 2009






Department of Health KH07 and MMR returns from NHS trusts

Nutrition Action Plan Delivery Board

Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) pursuant to the answer of 7 December 2009, Official Report, column 162W, on the Nutrition Action Plan Delivery Board, whether the publication of the report of the Nutrition Action Plan Delivery Board is contingent on the Government's response to its recommendations; [308774]

(2) when he plans to publish the final report of the Nutrition Action Plan Delivery Board. [309121]

Phil Hope: I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave to him on 9 November 2009, Official Report, column 128W.

Obesity: Health Services

Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many finished consultant episodes there have been for (a) paediatric and (b) adolescent obesity treatment in (i) England and (ii) each strategic health authority in each year since 1997. [308092]

Gillian Merron: This information has been placed in the Library.

Social Services

Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 7 December 2009, Official Report, column 165W, on social services, for what reason publication of the interim report of the Personal Social Services Research Unit is considered unhelpful; and what discussions he has had with external stakeholders on the effect of publication of
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the interim report on their engagement with the Big Care Debate. [308776]

Phil Hope: The interim results from the Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU) were not based upon the latest policy assumptions, reflecting, for example, what people have been telling us in the consultation, and the Prime Minister's announcement on free personal care. We have therefore concluded that to release the interim results could be unhelpful and misleading.

The PSSRU continue to model the funding options for care and support based on revised assumptions. We intend to publish more details of this work next year. In the meantime, the whole methodology of the interim report was published on the PSSRU's website in July at:

The top-level costs and benefits are in the impact assessment published with the Green Paper and available on the Big Care Debate website.

Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health in which month of 2010 he plans to publish his Department's White Paper on the future of social care. [309119]

Phil Hope: We consulted on the Green Paper "Shaping the Future of Care Together" between 14 July and 13 November 2009 and received more than 29,000 formal consultation responses. Many thousands more people participated in the debate through stakeholders, who have told us that they obtained input from over 24,000 people in preparing their responses. We are currently analysing the responses to the consultation.

These responses will feed into a White Paper, to be published early this year.

Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many Big Care Debate events have been held since the publication of the Green Paper on Shaping the Future of Care Together; in which constituencies such events have been held; and which hon. Members (a) have been invited to attend and (b) are recorded as having attended such events. [309120]

Phil Hope: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Forest of Dean (Mr. Harper), on 15 December 2009, Official Report, column 1058-59W.

Townlands Hospital

John Howell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions his Department has had with Oxfordshire primary care trust on Townlands hospital in Henley-on-Thames in the last 12 months. [307864]

Phil Hope: The Department has not had any discussions with Oxfordshire primary care trust about Townlands hospital in the last 12 months.

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