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Epsom and St. Helier NHS Trust

Sir Archie Hamilton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) for what reason the consultation being carried out by the Epsom and St. Helier NHS Trust recommends a significant transfer of facilities away from Epsom to St. Helier; [148329]

Mr. Denham: The discussion document published by Epsom and St. Helier national health service trust considers ways in which patient services could best be provided for local people. It takes into account Royal College guidelines on the required critical mass of services for these to be provided and also the need to use the accommodation at Epsom hospital to the best advantage of patients.

This is an informal discussion document. Should concrete proposals be developed, there would be a full and formal consultation with all affected parties, including local people and other NHS organisations.

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Paediatric Facilities

Sir Archie Hamilton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy that only accident and emergency departments that are on the same hospital site as in-patient paediatric facilities should accept children. [148331]

Ms Stuart: No. It remains appropriate for accident and emergency departments to offer initial assessment of health status and the options available to achieve best outcome including, if appropriate, transfer to a specialist unit on another site.

Negligence Claims

Mr. Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what were the total amounts paid out by (a) NHS trusts and (b) health authorities in response to negligence claims in each of the last 10 years; if he will break down the amounts by region; and if he will make a statement. [148081]

Ms Stuart [holding answer 1 February 2001]: We do not collect centrally information on clinical negligence payments by national health service trusts or health authorities. The National Audit Office report on the NHS summarised accounts shows that health authorities and NHS trusts charged the following amounts to their income and expenditure accounts for each year:

Year£ million


Figures for 1999-2000 are not yet available.

Complaints Evaluation

Mr. Hepburn: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he intends to publish the findings of the independent United Kingdom-wide evaluation of complaints; and what action he will take on the results of the evaluation. [148615]

Ms Stuart: The evaluation team's report is expected to be submitted by the end of this month. It will be published as soon as possible once we have given proper consideration to the findings. The NHS plan made it clear that we will act on the results of the evaluation and without prejudicing the evaluation we would expect the reform of the complaints procedure to result in a more independent and responsive system.

NHS Staff (Expenses)

Dr. Stoate: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the conclusions of his Department's working group reviewing the reimbursement arrangements for the expenses incurred by NHS staff on NHS business. [148285]

Mr. Denham: We are continuing to work with representatives of staff and employers on options for revised arrangements for reimbursing staff travelling on

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national health service business. The issues are complex, and we will bring the review to a conclusion as soon as possible.

Patient Care Budget

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the value of 1/20th of the patient care budget will be for each health authority in each of the next three years. [148567]

Mr. Denham: Health authority allocations for 2001-02 are shown in the table. Final decisions have not yet been made for 2002-03 and 2003-04 but all health authorities will receive a minimum increase of 6 per cent.


Health authorityTotal allocation 2001-021/20th of total allocation
Barking and Havering303,87815,194
Bexley and Greenwich344,22017,211
Brent and Harrow370,07918,504
Bury and Rochdale297,76714,888
Calderdale and Kirklees436,63321,832
Camden and Islington394,93519,747
Cornwall and Isles of Scilly372,18518,609
County Durham491,14224,557
Ealing, Hammersmith and Hounslow579,51028,976
East and North Hertfordshire347,66217,383
East Kent467,90023,395
East Lancashire415,17420,759
East London and The City596,44529,822
East Riding425,75521,288
East Surrey288,23114,412
East Sussex, Brighton and Hove594,50629,725
Enfield and Haringey386,29319,315
Gateshead and South Tyneside299,71614,986
Isle of Wight108,2985,415
Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster359,72117,986
Kingston and Richmond255,76112,788
Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham692,78534,639
Merton, Sutton and Wandsworth496,84124,842
Morecambe Bay242,07912,104
Newcastle and North Tyneside394,41419,721
North and East Devon353,85917,693
North and Mid Hampshire345,41517,271
North Cheshire235,65711,783
North Cumbria234,65211,733
North Derbyshire269,96013,498
North Essex595,35929,768
North Nottinghamshire282,38014,119
North Staffordshire362,28418,114
North West Lancashire381,45719,073
North Yorkshire510,73225,537
Portsmouth and South East Hampshire396,10019,805
Redbridge and Waltham Forest350,05117,503
Salford and Trafford366,38318,319
South and West Devon451,04022,552
South Cheshire478,71523,936
South Derbyshire404,99420,250
South Essex500,38625,019
South Humber233,84111,692
South Lancashire222,50811,125
South Staffordshire379,65518,983
Southampton and South West Hampshire388,53719,427
St. Helen's and Knowsley278,79813,940
West Hertfordshire373,49518,675
West Kent665,31233,266
West Pennine352,24217,612
West Surrey432,53021,627
West Sussex555,58827,779
Wigan and Bolton444,78622,239

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Charging Policy

Mr. Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what change in charging policy will be brought about by the transfer of local authority health related functions to the care trusts proposed in the Health and Social Care Bill. [148880]

Mr. Hutton: There will be no change in the arrangements for any charging policy which affects services which are delegated to a care trust as proposed in the Health and Social Care Bill. The policy decisions on charging that a local authority can make will continue to be taken by the local authority, and will relate to their delegated functions only.

Waiting Lists (Worcestershire)

Miss Kirkbride: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were on the (a) waiting list

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for operations and (b) waiting list for an out-patient's appointment at the Worcestershire NHS Acute Trust in each month from January 2000 to January 2001. [148752]

Mr. Denham: Worcester acute hospital is a newly merged trust. As a result, data are not available before April 2000. Latest data available are shown.

The trust had planned for and achieved a decrease in both its in-patient and out-patient waiting lists for end of October. It is inevitable that waiting lists would rise due to the evacuation of patients from the Castle street site of Worcester Royal infirmary due to the heavy flooding.

In-patient data

MonthTotal inpatient waiting list
April 20008,294
May 20008,470
June 20008,665
July 20008,878
August 20008,370
September 20008,958
October 20008,911
November 20009,192

Out-patient over 13 week waiters

June 20001,920
September 20002,650

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