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West Sussex Health Authority

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what calculation he has made of the cost to West Sussex health authority's budget of his forecast for medical inflation in 2002–03; [24882]

Ms Blears [holding answer 8 January 2002]: For 2002–03 the West Sussex health authority has received an uplift of 9.58 per cent. in its recurrent unified allocation that is an additional £53.8 million. This is to cover both pay and non-pay inflation as well as achievement of access and National Service Framework target.

The West Sussex health authority assesses the impact of pay awards to be £17 million consuming 3.3 per cent. of its 9.58 per cent. uplift.

Medical inflation is not a recognised term as the effect of medical pay awards and price movements on medical and surgical supplies and drugs forms part of the overall inflation increase.

There is no specific addition for pension contributions as there are no changes to the superannuation scheme contributions for 2002–03.

The West Sussex health authority has received additional funding within its allocation to support the achievement of National Service Framework targets. The health authority will receive earmarked additional amounts for:

£
Cancer1,127,000
Coronary heart disease890,000
Mental health1,112,000

In addition the health authority will receive earmarked additional amounts for:

£
Information management and technology823,000
Building capacity6,302,000
Primary care access1,238,000
These six items alone total to:11,492,000

NHS Recipe Book

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health who was responsible for drawing up the nutritional quality standards for hospital food included in the official NHS recipe book. [24686]

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Ms Blears [holding answer 8 January 2002]: The national health service recipe book, issued in May 2001 as part of the better hospital food programme, requires hospitals to meet estimated average requirements for food energy, and reference nutrient intake for all other nutrients. These standards were set by the Committee on Medical Aspects of Food Policy, now known as the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition.

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures are in place to enable patient feedback on the standard and quality of the food they are being served from the NHS recipe book. [24624]

Ms Blears [holding answer 8 January 2002]: Hospitals currently undertake surveys to gain feedback from patients on the standard of their catering services. However, these surveys are designed and implemented locally, do not take a consistent form and do not allow for comparisons to be drawn.

To address this, the better hospital food panel is developing a national patient catering survey. This will ask a range of questions which have been designed through detailed consultation with patients about the standards of service they expect and will complement the questions on catering which will be included in the national patient survey. It will be issued as part of a new "Catering in a modernised NHS" manual of advice and guidance which will be issued to the national health service in 2002.

Drugs (Theft)

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the theft of medical drugs from NHS hospitals and GP surgeries by patients and staff has cost the NHS since 1997. [24307]

Ms Blears [holding answer 8 January 2002]: Only the total value and number of losses from national health service trusts, health authorities and primary care trusts, due to "Damage to property due to theft and fraud" is reported to the Department of Health. Information on the cost to the NHS of theft of medical drugs from NHS hospitals by patients and staff is not reported separately.

No information is collected about theft from general practitioners.

Injury Compensation Claims

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many, and at what cost, injury compensation claims were made against the NHS as a result of non-medical accidents by (a) patients and (b) staff in 2001. [24353]

Ms Blears [holding answer 8 January 2002]: The National Health Service Litigation Authority offers an indemnity to national health service bodies against employer and public liability risks where the relevant incident occurred on or after 1 April 1999. The authority handles those claims which have a potential liability in excess of certain amounts (£10,000 for employers' liability and £3,000 for public liability). In the calendar year 2001 (data available to 6 December 2001) the authority was notified of 2,244 claims made by employees and 732 claims made by third parties (not all of whom will be patients). The total cost of these claims is not yet

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known as the majority have not yet been settled. The authority is however holding reserves of around £23 million for employers' liability and £6 million for public liability claims in respect of these claims.

Better Hospital Food Panel

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list those chefs involved in the better hospital food panel; what the next year's budget for the better hospital food panel will be; and what the remuneration package for the chairman of the better hospital food panel is. [24623]

Ms Blears [holding answer 8 January 2002]: There are seven chefs currently involved in the better hospital food programme—Mr. John Benson-Smith, Mr. Michael Caines, Mr. Anton Edelman, Mr. Shaun Hill, Mr. Mark Hix, Mr. Eugene McCoy and Mr. Cyrus Todiwala. None of these are members of the better hospital food panel.

Loyd Grossman, who is the chairman of the panel, has provided his services free of charge since he became involved in the programme in September 2000, and continues to do so. His involvement stems from a real desire to help the national health service modernise and improve its catering services. Likewise, no other members of the panel are remunerated for their involvement.

The NHS Plan made available £38.5 million over four years to support the programme. The better hospital food panel has no discrete budget, any expenses connected with the panel's meetings and work are met from the better hospital food administrative budget.

Ambulance Response Times

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average response time was in 2001 for the (a) London ambulance service and (b) Sussex ambulance service; and what the Government's target response times were. [24337]

Ms Blears [holding answer 8 January 2002]: Information in the form requested is not collected centrally. Information for London Ambulance National Health Service Trust and Sussex Ambulance NHS Trust about the proportion of emergency calls resulting in an ambulance arriving at the scene of the reported incident within the Government's target response time is contained in the Department of Health Statistical Bulletin "Ambulance Services, England 2000–01". A copy of the bulletin is in the Library and available at www.doh.gov.uk/ public/sb0115.htm.

Security Staff

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many security staff were recruited for hospital accident and emergency departments in each year since 1997. [24355]

Ms Blears [holding answer 8 January 2002]: Security and safety of staff, patients and property in the national health service is of great importance to us.

Guidance on effective management of security in accident and emergency departments was issued by the NHS Executive in 1997 and was an important aspect of the Government strategy when funding the upgrading of accident and emergency departments.

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Security is provided in trusts by "in-house" staff or by private security organisations.

The method of provision and level of staffing is a matter for individual trusts dependant on the size of the hospital, the locality, staffing levels and the general configuration of the buildings.

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many security staff by hospital (a) were recruited to and (b) left West Sussex hospitals accident and emergency departments in each year since 1997. [24356]

Ms Blears [holding answer 8 January 2002]: The information requested is not available centrally.

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many security staff were assaulted in hospital accident and emergency departments by patients in 2001. [24354]

Ms Blears [holding answer 8 January 2002]: Information on the levels of violent incidents against individual staff group is not collected centrally, but may be held at a local level by national health service employers.

The Department conducted a survey of national health service trusts in England in 1998–99. The survey found that, on average, seven violent incidents were recorded each month per 1,000 staff. This is equivalent to approximately 65,000 violent incidents against NHS trust staff each year. Details of the survey can be found in Health Service Circular 1999/229: "Managing Violence, Accidents and Sickness Absence in the NHS", a copy of which is in the Library.

Figures for recorded violent incidents in 2000–01 are currently being analysed by the Department.


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