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Baroness Noakes asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: No further amounts have been made available beyond those set out in the earlier answer.

Baroness Noakes asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: For 2003–04 the shadow bank will continue to be overseen by four strategic health authority chief executives.

The legal form and management arrangements beyond 2003–04 are still under consideration.

NHS: Independent Reconfiguration Panel

Baroness Noakes asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: The Independent Reconfiguration Panel Chair, Dr Peter Barrett, was appointed by the Secretary of State for Health from a shortlist of candidates drawn up for his consideration. The appointment was announced on 22 August 2001. The National Health Service Appointments Commission was not involved as the commission did not at that time cover appointments to either public sector working groups or non-departmental public bodies.

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Baroness Noakes asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will publish the names and expertise of the members of the Independent Reconfiguration Panel; and what appointment procedures were followed.[HL1264]

    Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: Members of the Independent Reconfiguration Panel are being appointed in accordance with the Commissioner for Public Appointments Code of Practice for Ministerial Appointments to Public Bodies.

    We will be announcing the membership shortly.

Health Professions Council

Lord Morris of Manchester asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Before the Privy Council considers the Health Professions Council's proposed rules, whether they consider it satisfactory that no subsections are proposed for chiropody and podiatry; and whether they consider that in these cases profession-specific modalities of care should be distinguished; and[HL1291]

    Whether they consider the Health Professions Council's proposed rules for its register, as they affect titles, should, in the case of chiropody and podiatry, allow for significant differences in the qualifications, knowledge, clinical expertise and experience of registered practitioners, so as to enable the public to differentiate between them.[HL1292]

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: The aim of registration is to assure the public of the competence of healthcare professionals and, when necessary, to protect them. The Health Professions Council consulted about which titles should be protected by law and has undertaken extensive market research to understand the public's perception of titles currently in use by health professionals. The HPC's decision to propose the protection of both chiropodist and podiatrist reflect the general public perception that these titles are used interchangeably. The HPC believes that the introduction of large numbers of subsections would be confusing and unnecessary. It is for the HPC to propose and the Privy Council to determine the protected titles that will be associated with the parts and subsections of the Health Professions Register.

Lord Morris of Manchester asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they accept that transitional entrants to the register under the Health Professions Council's proposed "three out of five years" rule should be provided with the additional training required to meet minimum proficiency within a two-year period; and what training they believe will be necessary.[HL1293]

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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: It is for the Health Professions Council to decide on standards for proficiency to be attained by all new entrants to the register. Training requirements may vary for individual applicants depending on their current proficiency.

Lord Morris of Manchester asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How the Health Professions Council's proposal for its key decision document that "even where an applicant does not meet the 'three out of five years' rule, they may still be eligible for registration" can be reconciled with the stipulation in the statutory order of a "three out of the previous five years" rule; and whether such a relaxation of the statutory order is in the public interest.[HL1294]

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: The Health Professions Order is clear that an applicant may be registered under the transitional provisions in the statutory order by either satisfying the three out of five years rule or by undergoing such additional training and experience that will satisfy the council that the correct standard of proficiency for admission to the relevant part of the register has been attained.

Lord Morris of Manchester asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether, in the light of the undertakings given by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath in regard to Professional Advisory Committees on 13 December 2001 (HL Deb, col. 1526), they consider that ad hoc time-and-task-limited professional liaison groups, as proposed by the Health Professions Council, match the spirit of those undertakings.[HL1295]

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: On 13 December 2001 I said that the council may set up any other committees and panels that it needs. The Health Professions Order 2001 allows the council to set up professional advisory committees to advise the council or its statutory committees on matters affecting relevant professions. It is for the HPC to decide how best to obtain the necessary advice and also the mechanism for supplying it. HPC has decided to propose professional liaison groups on the basis of widespread support obtained during consultation.

Lord Morris of Manchester asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether, in connection with the Health Professions Council's proposed rules, they are satisfied that the statutory order's section on the transitional arrangements period is being adhered to.[HL1296]

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: The Health Professions Council has published its key decisions document on its proposals which it will put before the Privy Council. There is no reason to believe that transitional arrangements within the Health Professions Order are not being adhered to.

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NHS Trusts: Retained Deficits

Baroness Noakes asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What information covering periods since the last audited accounts they or strategic health authorities hold about the retained deficits of National Health Service trusts.[HL1339]

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: Unaudited information on the in-year income and expenditure position of National Health Service trusts is collected centrally by the Department of Health. We have no plans to publish unaudited information.

Baroness Noakes asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 27 January (WA 134), for each of the National Health Service trusts listed in the answer, what its cumulative surplus or deficit was at 31 March 2001 and at 31 March 2002.[HL1340]

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: The information requested is in the following table.

Income and Expenditure Reserve (Cumulative Surplus/Deficit))

NHS Trusts with retained deficit in 2001–20022001–02 £000s2000–01 £000's
Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals NHS Trust(5,991)(4,882)
Avon and Wiltshire MHP NHS Trust(1,643)590
Bedford Hospitals NHS Trust(843)2,306
Bedfordshire and Luton Community NHS Trust(1,357)(324)
Birmingham Heartlands and Solihull Trust963964
Bromley Hospitals NHS Trust2,2083,599
Cornwall Partnership NHS Trust1121,248
Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust(3,823)(2,747)
Dorset Health Care NHS Trust2,494319
East Berkshire Community Health Trust7,8618,902
Frimley Park Hospital NHS Trust(377)(47)
Gloucestershire Ambulance Services NHS Trust285244
Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS Trust671891
Hounslow and Spelthorne Community and Mental Health Trust(189)193
Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust(1,880)(1,053)
Isle of Wight Healthcare NHS Trust132(238)
Kettering General Hospital NHS Trust2,3832,470
Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust(3,874)195
Mid Sussex NHS Trust(1,601)(202)
N Essex Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust(1,294)
New Possibilities NHS Trust837630
North Bristol NHS Trust(2,235)1,750
North Hampshire Hospitals NHS Trust(999)(406)
North West Anglia Health Care NHS Trust(94)(213)
Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust1,8762,100
Nuffield Orthopaedic NHS Trust(2,753)(2,747)
Portsmouth Health Care NHS Trust6,954305
Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust3,9734,569
Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust(633)16
Riverside Community Healthcare NHS Trust3,5693,679
Royal Berkshire Ambulance Service Trust965689
Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust(12,434)(8,441)
Royal Shrewsbury Hospitals NHS Trust392788
Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Trust3,3213,252
Royal West Sussex NHS Trust(4,432)(2,710)
Somerset Partnership NHS and Social Care Trust(3,498)(1,284)
South Warwickshire Combined NHS Trust(577)127
Southampton Community Health Services Trust(1,090)(746)
Southampton University Hosps NHS Trust2,3552,405
Stoke Mandeville Hospital NHS Trust507760
Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust(6,122)(5,985)
Surrey Hampshire Borders NHS Trust(290)630
Sussex Weald and Downs NHS Trust(3,380)(1,594)
The Princess Royal Hospital NHS Trust2,7433,075
United Bristol Healthcare NHS Trust3,8748,933
West Hampshire NHS Trust(12)
West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust(11,049)17
West Suffolk Hospitals NHS Trust2,8983,003
Weston Area Health NHS Trust1,5201,955
Worthing Priority Care Services Trust(445)146


NHS Trust Audited Summarisation Schedules 2000–2001 and 2001–2002

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