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Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he last met the (a) chairman of the council of the BMA, (b) president of the Royal College of Physicians, (c) president of the Royal College of Surgeons, (d) president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, (e) president of the Royal College of General Practitioners, (f) president of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and (g) president of the Royal College of Nursing. 
Ms Blears [holding answer 12 November 2001]: Dates of the latest meetings with my right hon. Friend are shown. Where there have been no meetings with my right hon. Friend, the latest meetings with other ministerial colleagues are shown.
Jacqui Smith [holding answer 12 November 2001]: The estimated projected overspend across Hertfordshire in 200102 is £8 million of which £5.1 million is for East and North Hertfordshire National Health Service Trust and £2.9 million in respect of prescribing. There are long standing financial issues that affect Hertfordshire and the NHS eastern regional office is actively involved in agreeing a financial recovery plan.
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Mr. Dalyell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the World Health Organisation regarding contingency plans for combating an outbreak of smallpox in the UK. 
Jacqui Smith: Ministers and officials have frequent formal and informal contacts with the World Health Organisation on a range of health-related topics including issues around the health threats posed by a bioterrorist threat. Within the framework of these ongoing contacts, we have had no specific discussions on contingency planning for combating an outbreak of smallpox in the United Kingdom, although we are aware of the guidance WHO has published on these matters. As part of our contingency planning we will keep open our contacts with WHO so that we can call upon their advice and technical assistance as necessary.
Ms Blears: The merger of Stoke Mandeville Hospital national health service trust and South Buckinghamshire NHS trust has been proposed by the trusts and Buckinghamshire health authority. The proposal is currently with Ministers for consideration.
Mr. Hutton: At present my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State allocates resources to health authorities. Health authorities then allocate resources to their primary care trusts. In the future, as part of our programme to devolve power to frontline organisations, we intend that the Secretary of State will allocate resources direct to primary care trusts. The National Health Service Reform and Health Care Professions Bill, currently before Parliament, seeks to give effect to this.
Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what arrangements have been made to ensure the continuity of employment of staff transferring from district health authorities to component PCTs. 
Mr. Hutton: For staff transferring from health authorities to primary care trusts under Transfer of Undertakings Protection of Employment (TUPE) Regulations 1981 or by terms reflecting TUPE principles (Transfer Orders), continuity of service will automatically
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apply. This means that there will be no break in service and existing pay and terms and conditions of employment will be protected at the point of transfer.
Mr. Hutton: The process of approving applications for primary care trust status is contained in Health Service Circular 1999/167. Primary care trust applications are currently being assessed and will be considered for approval against the published national criteria over the next two months.
Jacqui Smith: Guidance on the training and qualifications that all social care staff should undertake is given in the National Training Strategy document: "Modernising the Social Care Workforce" which the National Training Organisation for Social Care published, with endorsement from the Minister of State, my right hon. Friend the Member for Barrow and Furness (Mr. Hutton), in July 2000.
In March 2001 we also announced the development of a three-year degree level qualification in social work to replace the current two-year Diploma course. The degree level qualification will be introduced in England from September 2003.
Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) for what reason Worthing is not included in areas eligible for his new incentive scheme for recruiting GPs to work in areas of high shortages; 
Mr. Hutton: There are incentives for all areas of up to £5,000 per eligible general practitioner. Those areas deemed as underdoctored will attract an additional payment of up to £5,000 more per eligible GP.
The primary care trusts/groups eligible for the underdoctored additional payment are those that have fewer than the national median number of GPs (GP principals or equivalent on whole-time equivalent basis) per 100,000 weighted population. The national PCT/G median is 52.695 GPs per 100,000 weighted population, Worthing PCG has 54.35 GPs per 100,000 weighted population and therefore each newly appointed GP will receive up to £5,000.
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Mr. Hutton: Many contracts are negotiated every year between national health service bodies and private sector suppliers for a wide range of services and equipment. Information is only held centrally on private finance initiative (PFI) projects with a capital value of £1 million or greater. These are listed in the table (in negotiation is interpreted as any stage between OJEC notice and financial close).
|Northern and Yorks|
|Newcastle-upon-Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust||Completion of Reconfiguration of Acute Hospital Services in Newcastle|
|Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust||Implementation of Leeds Acute Services Reconfiguration Strategy|
|North Durham Health Care NHS Trust||Chester-le-Street Community Hospital|
|Huddersfield and Calderdale NHS Trusts||EPR (Electronic Patient Record) scheme|
|Leeds Teaching Hospitals||EPR scheme|
|Bradford Hospitals NHS Trust and Airdale NHS trust||EPR scheme|
|Southern Derbyshire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust (2, 3)||Acute Reconfiguration|
|Nottingham Healthcare NHS Trust||Elderly Mental Health|
|Doncaster and South Humber NHS||Mental Health Services|
|Nottingham City Hospital NHS Trust||Staff residences|
|East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust||Ambulatory Care Centre|
|Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust||Staff accommodation|
|Havering Hospitals NHS Trust||Redevelopment of Hospital Facilities|
|Newham Healthcare NHS Trust||Rationalisation|
|The Whittington Hospital NHS Trust||Redevelopment of Acute Hospital Services|
|Parkside Health NHS Trust||Willesden|
|West London Pathology Consortium||Pathology Systems|
|Havering Hospital NHS Trust||EPR scheme|
|King's Healthcare NHS Trust||EPR scheme|
|Guy's and St. Thomas' Hospital NHS Trust||EPR scheme|
|Lewisham Hospital NHS Trust||EPR scheme|
|Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust||Acute rationalisation|
|Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust||Radcliffe infirmary relocation to John Radcliffe Hospital Site|
|Stoke Mandeville Hospital NHS Trust||Partial Redevelopment|
|Newbury Primary Care NHS Trust||Consolidation of sites in Newbury|
|Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre NHS Trust||Orthopaedic/Medicines redevelopment|
|Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Trust||Mental Health Acute Hospital reprovision|
|East Kent Community NHS Trust||West View Reprovision Joint NHS/Local Authority|
|Brighton Health Care NHS Trust||Renal Unit Reprovision|
|Northampton Community Healthcare NHS Trust||Danetre Community Health Centre Joint NHS/Local Authority|
|Invicta Community Care NHS Trust||Mental Health Reprovision|
|Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Trust||Acute Mental Health Ward reprovision|
|Brighton Health Care NHS Trust||Brighton Education Centre|
|Bournewood Community and Mental Health NHS Trust||Walton and Chertsey Health Centres|
|Ashford and St. Peter's NHS Trust||Energy Management Scheme|
|Mid-Sussex NHS Trust||Low Secure Unit|
|Royal Berkshire and Battle Hospitals NHS Trust||RBBH Pas|
|Royal Surrey County Hospital||EPR scheme|
|Heatherwood and Wexham Park NHS Trust||EPR scheme|
|Milton Keynes General NHS Trust||EPR scheme|
|South Buckinghamshire NHS Trust||EPR scheme|
|Stoke Mandeville NHS Trust||EPR scheme|
|North Staffordshire Hospital NHS Trust||EPR scheme|
|Gloucestershire Royal NHS Trust||Site re-development|
|Exeter and District Community Health Services NHS Trust||Tiverton Hospital|
|Cornwall Healthcare NHS Trust||Western Mental Health, Cambourne and Redruth|
|Wiltshire and Swindon Health Care NHS Trust||Bradford-on-Avon Hospital|
|South West Regional Procurement||EPR systems|
|Swindon and Marlborough||EPR scheme|
|University Hospitals Warwickshire and Coventry NHS Trust||New DGH|
|City Hospital NHS Trust||Ambulatory Care Centre|
|Mid-Staffordshire General Hospitals NHS Trust||EPR scheme|
|Central Manchester Healthcare NHS Trust||Service Reconfiguration|
|Blackburn, Hyndburn and Ribble Valley Healthcare NHS Trust||Site Rationalisation|
|Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Trust||Staff Residential Accommodation|
|Christie NHS Trust||EPR scheme|
|Blackburn NHS Trust||EPR scheme|
|Burnley NHS Trust||EPR scheme|
|North Manchester NHS Trust||EPR scheme|
|Chorley and Preston NHS Trust||EPR scheme|
|Salford Mental Health NHS Trust||EPR scheme|
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