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Ms Keeble: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people had been waiting for treatment at Northampton general hospital for (a) over two years, (b) between one and two years, (c) between six months and one year and (d) up to six months in (i) 1997, (ii) 2001 and (iii) the latest year for which figures are available. 
Phil Hope: Information on waiting times for elective admission patients still waiting (weeks) for Northampton general hospital during the time periods 1996-97, 2000-01 and 2009-10 (provider-based) is shown in the following table:
|0 < 6 months||6 < 12 months||12 < 24 months||24 months+||Total|
| Note: In-patient waiting times are measured from decision to admit by the consultant to admission to hospital. Source: DH KH07 and MMRPROV collections.|
Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 16 March 2010, Official Report, column 774W, on medical treatments: waiting lists, what the mean waiting time for all treatments was in each year since 1997. 
|In-patient waiting times-commissioner based|
|Period (March each year)||Mean wait (weeks)|
Department of Health, QF01, MMRCOM
Figures shown relate to March each year, and are a snapshot of the mean wait of patients waiting at the end of each period. The latest data available are for January 2010, and this figure shows the mean wait of those still waiting at the end of that month of 6.2 weeks. It is not unusual to see such increases in the winter months, and in particular this year given the severity of the winter weather.
Phil Hope: In December 2009 the Government launched 'New Horizons: A Shared Vision for Mental Health', a comprehensive programme for improving the mental health and well-being of the population and services for those with poor mental health. It takes a lifespan approach, from laying down the foundations of good mental health in childhood, through promoting and protecting continued well-being into adulthood, to supporting and maintaining resilience in older age.
We want to make sure that mental health services move away from arbitrary distinctions between working age adults and older adults. We are working with the Royal College of Psychiatrists and others to assist mental health service providers to develop age-appropriate non-discriminatory services. As a first step, 'New Horizons' provides the descriptors of such services, to assist in this work.
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has made an estimate of the number of people being prescribed methadone in Gloucestershire primary care trust in (a) the latest period for which figures are available and (b) each of the last five years. 
|Figures on the number of prescription items for methadone prescribed in Gloucestershire primary care trust (PCT) and the other PCTs from which it was formed in October 2006|
|PCT||Methadone classification||2005-06||2006-07||2007-08||2008-09||2009-10( 1)|
|(1) April to September.|
1. Data at PCT level is taken from the ePACT system (Prescribing Analysis and Cost Tool), which stores data for 60 months. Data for the final quarter of 2009 is embargoed until after the publication of the associated National Statistic in April 2010. The ePACT system covers prescriptions prescribed by general practitioners (GPs), nurses, pharmacists and others in England and dispensed in the community in the United Kingdom. For data at PCT level, prescriptions written by a prescriber located in a particular PCT but dispensed outside that PCT will be included in the PCT in which the prescriber is based. Prescriptions written in England but dispensed outside England are included. Prescriptions written in hospitals/clinics that are dispensed in the community, prescriptions dispensed in hospitals, dental prescribing and private prescriptions are not included in PACT data. It is important to note this as some British National Formulary (BNF) sections have a high proportion of prescriptions written in hospitals that are dispensed in the community.
2. The BNF describes three uses for Methadone, as a cough suppressant, for analgesia and for the treatment of substance dependence. Figures for each of these have been given but the classification does not guarantee that it was used for that purpose.
The National Drug Treatment Monitoring System (NDTMS) figures for the Gloucestershire drugs partnership area on the number of people receiving prescribed opioid substitute treatment (mainly methadone or buprenorphine) from specialist community services or their GP, but not which drug they are being prescribed.
1. Figures collected by NDTMS before 2005-06 are not considered robust enough broken down at local level.
2. Figures combine numbers receiving prescribed opioid substitute treatment from a specialist community services or GPs.
3. NDTMS does not record which drug is prescribed (methadone or buprenorphine).
4. Figures for Gloucestershire PCT are not collected centrally but the Trust covers the same area as the drugs partnership.
Mr. Plaskitt: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information the Care Quality Commission holds on the payment of compensation from public funds by health authorities and agencies to private companies and individuals; and if he will place a copy of that information in the Library. 
Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many assaults on NHS (a) doctors, (b) nurses, (c) ambulance personnel and (d) non-clinical staff have been reported in each London primary care trust in each year since 2000; and how many criminal sanctions resulted in each such case. 
Information on the number of reported physical assaults against national health service staff in England is contained in the 'Tables Showing Number of Reported Physical Assaults on NHS Staff from 2004-05 to 2007-08, Broken Down by NHS Trust/PCT' and 'Tables Showing Number of Reported Physical Assaults on NHS Staff in 2008-09, Broken Down by NHS Trust/PCT', which have already been placed in the Library.
cautions and conditional cautions;
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