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GP Surgeries (North Stoke)

Ms Walley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the areas of unmet needs in respect of access to GP surgeries in North Stoke. [26932]

Yvette Cooper: There are 17 general practitioner practices in the locality, and I understand that capacity exists to accept more patients.

In addition, Stoke (Haywood) walk-in centre opened in June 2000 and has proved popular locally, seeing 21,000 patients in the first 12 months.

Private Finance Initiative (West Midlands)

David Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many health-related PFI proceeds are (a) under way and (b) being evaluated in the west midlands; and where they are located. [26746]

Yvette Cooper: the current private finance initiative schemes that are (a) under way and (b) being evaluated in the west midlands are as follows:

PFI schemes commissioned


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Community Pharmacists

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what further plans he has to review the fees paid to community pharmacists for dispensing NHS prescriptions. [26781]

Ms Blears [holding answer 14 January 2002]: We are currently considering representations on this issue from the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee and others.

Hospital Investment (Shropshire)

David Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of hospital investment in the last five years in Shropshire has been allocated to the hospitals in (a) Telford, (b) Shrewsbury and (c) Oswestry. [26750]

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Yvette Cooper: The total capital allocations to the three national health service trusts in Shropshire during the four-year period 1998–99 to 2001–02 are shown in the table.

£ millionPercentage
Telford (Princess Royal Hospital NHS Trust)10.937
Shrewsbury (Royal Shrewsbury Hospital NHS Trust)11.740
Oswestry (Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust)6.623
Total29.2100

Note:

The information requested is only available for the last four financial years (1998–99 to 2001–02 inclusive).


Cancer Patients

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what percentage of patients in each cancer speciality referred by their general practitioners are referred (a) urgently and (b) non-urgently; [27233]

Yvette Cooper: The two-week out-patient waiting time standard was introduced for urgent cases of suspected breast cancer from April 1999 and was extended to all other urgent cases of suspected cancer during 2000. Performance data against the standard are shown in the table. Data for non-urgent referrals are not collected centrally.

Full implementation of the maximum target wait of one month from diagnosis to their first definitive treatment for breast cancer was introduced on 31 December 2001. Central monitoring began on 1 January 2002 and data will be published later in the year.

'Two week wait' performance: Percentage of patients seen within two weeks for first consultant out-patient appointment when referred urgently by their GP for suspected cancer, and the referral is received by the NHS trust within 24 hours: England

2000–01
Quarter 3 Quarter 4
Cancer siteNumber of referralsNumber seen within 14 daysPercentage seen within 14 daysNumber of referralsNumber seen within 14 daysPercentage seen within 14 days
Breast20,54019,69795.920,35619,51395.9
Children's(27)(27)(27)12712598.4
Lung(27)(27)(27)4,3594,14195.0
Haematological malignancies including leukaemia(27)(27)(27)55752995.0
Upper Gastrointestinal(27)(27)(27)5,4294,99091.9
Lower Gastrointestinal(27)(27)(27)9,4588,72392.2
Skin(27)(27)(27)5,9065,49993.1
Gynaecological(27)(27)(27)3,7223,44192.5
Brain/Central Nervous System(27)(27)(27)18516991.4
Urological(27)(27)(27)4,7144,03485.6
Head and Neck(27)(27)(27)2,6132,52496.6
Sarcomas(27)(27)(27)12211493.4
Other Cancers(27)(27)(27)23422294.9

(27) Not collected


2001–02
Quarter 1 Quarter 2
Cancer siteNumber of referralsNumber seen within 14 daysPercentage seen within 14 daysNumber of referralsNumber seen within 14 daysPercentage seen within 14 days
Breast21,91821,00195.823,03921,62493,9
Children's107107100.010510297.1
Lung4,3284,02893.14,2173,99194.6
Haematological malignancies including leukaemia53750794.465062596.2
Upper Gastrointestinal5,7755,29691.76,6046,04191.5
Lower Gastrointestinal10,5629,46889.612,23510,97589.7
Skin8,4197,69091.310,3149,12088.4
Gynaecological4,4004,03591.75,4234,96091.5
Brain/Central Nervous System19918090.526024192.7
Urological5,1854,44485.76,5965,57384.5
Head and Neck3,4523,21293.04,1693,93694.4
Sarcomas13813094.213912589.9
Other Cancers37836095.235333795.5

Source:

Department of Health form QMCW


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Heart Disease

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the death rate per 100,000 among people aged under 65 years due to heart disease was in each of the last five years for which figures are available. [27364]

Yvette Cooper: The European age standardised death rates per 100,000 population from ischaemic heart disease aged under 65 in the United Kingdom is shown in the table.

YearPersons
199641.7
199739.2
199837.3
199934.1
200032.1

Children's Hospices

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding was given to each children's hospice in the last year by his Department. [27249]

Yvette Cooper: The information requested is not collected centrally.


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