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Departmental Expenditure

Mr. Llwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list his Department's total expenditure by month in each financial year since 1997–98. [32795]

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Mr. Hutton: The monthly expenditure by the Department for the period 1 April 1997 to 31 December 2001 is shown in the table.




1. Figures represent the actual monthly cash expenditure in round £000.

2. Figures are shown gross of income receipts.

Rape Victims

Mr. Willis: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures he has in place to provide support to victims of rape; and what funding he provides to support rape victims. [22448]

Jacqui Smith: The first step for most people will be to discuss the problem with their general medical practitioner. We have set out clear national standards in the National Service Framework for mental health. It describes how people should be able to get quicker access to more effective treatments in and through primary care, with support from specialised services where necessary. Some people may also seek help through other routes, including specialised services in the charitable and voluntary sector. We support a selection of such services each year.

People who have been raped need access to a variety of services including forensic examination, counselling and treatment to prevent sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy. These services are provided by a number of agencies including general medical practitioners and genito-urinary medicine clinics. Counselling provision will be strengthened by the clear national standards in the National Service Framework for Mental Health.


Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government are taking to promote breast- feeding. [24446]

Yvette Cooper: We take very seriously our responsibility to protect infant health in the United Kingdom, and support the promotion of breast-feeding. It is important that women and their partners are able to make a fully informed choice on how to feed their babies based on accurate and consistent information. This means that women should have access to information about all infant feeding practices through the relevant health care professional.

The Infant Feeding Initiative was established in May 1999 with the aim to increase the incidence and duration of breast-feeding among those groups of the population where breast-feeding rates are the lowest, as well as to

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help all women to make informed choices about how they feed their infant. Breast-feeding rates are low in lower socio- economic groups. A total budget of nearly £3 million over three years from Public Health Development Fund has been allocated for this initiative and reflects our commitment to tackle health inequalities that was highlighted by the Acheson report.

It included the appointment of two part-time National Infant Feeding Advisers and funding of 79 "best practice" projects to date to enable effective communication and evaluation of current good practice, to address the barriers to breast-feeding, and thereby lead to improved breast- feeding rates among those least likely to breast-feed. This has resulted in joint working efforts between health professionals and voluntary organisations. Sure start initiatives also support local projects on breast-feeding.

Other departmental activity includes support for an annual National Breastfeeding Awareness Week, support to four main voluntary organisations involved in the promotion of breast-feeding, research into breast-feeding through quinquennial surveys of infant feeding practices, and maintaining close links with UNICEF's Baby Friendly Initiative.

The forthcoming Children's National Service Framework will address maternity services that can help to give all children a good start in life to grow into healthy adults.

GPs (London)

Mr. Burns: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many GPs are practising in Greater London; and what the figure was in 1997. [24628]

Mr. Hutton [holding answer 8 January 2002]: The information requested is provided in the table.

All practitioners (excluding GP retainers)(40) and unrestricted principals and equivalents (UPEs)(41)
London region and England, 1997 and 2000   headcount

All practitioners (excluding GP retainers)
London Region4,5324,548
of which:
London Region3,8493,951

(40) All Practitioners (excluding GP Retainers) include GMS Unrestricted Principals, PMS Contracted GPs, PMS Salaried GPs, Restricted Principals, Assistants, GP Registrars, Salaried Doctors (para 52 SFA), and PMS Other.

(41) UPEs include GMS Unrestricted Principals, PMS Contracted GPs and PMS Salaried GPs.


GP Retainers figures were first collected in the 1999 census. In September 2000, there were 1,117 GP Retainers in England and 146 in London Region.

1997 data have been converted to correspond with April 1999 regional boundaries.

Data as at 1 October 1997 and 30 September 2000.


Department of Health General and Personal Medical Services Statistics

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Hospital Waiting Times

Mr. Burns: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many paediatric patients who received hospital treatment in each health authority area between 1 September 2000 and 1 September 2001 waited (a) under four weeks, (b) under three months, (c) under six months,

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(d) under eight months, (e) under 12 months, (f) under 18 months and (g) over 18 months for admission to hospital. [24627]

Mr. Hutton [holding answer 8 January 2002]: The data requested for the latest available period 1 April 2000 to 31 March 2001 are in the table.

Waiting times for waiting list and booked admissions for all paediatric specialties NHS hospitals, England 2000–01(42)

Duration of elective wait
Up to 4 weeks4 weeks to 3 months3–6 months6–8 months8–12 months12–18 monthsOver 18 months
Hillingdon HA18163164410
Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster144137684027260
Enfield and Haringey HA27912666261761
Redbridge and Waltham Forest HA1528669181420
Bedfordshire HA2129330151020
Berkshire HA22911635102860
Buckinghamshire HA64120454232132
Bexley and Greenwich HA43219471161810
Bromley HA27714958141030
Croydon HA3021013971691
East Kent HA31888267710
West Kent HA426337101222140
Kingston and Richmond HA13713646141651
Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham1,0666192325041110
Merton, Sutton and Wandsworth HA5077282366250196
East Surrey HA16817868292291
West Surrey HA15875521716101
East Sussex, Brighton and Hove HA67439922911352161
West Sussex HA3112211445136101
Barking and Havering HA101785216410
Barnet HA1651014916930
Brent and Harrow HA236162672615140
Camden and Islington HA285198102191240
Ealing, Hammersmith and Hounslow716229704144182
East London and The City HA498312199454760
North Essex HA15711557131040
South Essex HA3821816012841
South Lancashire HA9651163540
Liverpool HA291343126262051
Manchester HA566987027318012
Morecambe Bay HA96112237484
St. Helens and Knowsley HA268206598640
Salford and Trafford HA20367491421624
Sefton HA181125459510
Stockport HA972921912296
West Pennine HA14579261418829
Northamptonshire HA50114031121992
Oxfordshire HA616335841921172
Suffolk HA279149325750
Barnsley HA128117354300
North Derbyshire HA220130476430
South Derbyshire HA231195162844390
Doncaster HA1141093712300
Leicestershire HA328395220932991
Lincolnshire HA11361245830
North Nottinghamshire HA172116305910
Nottingham HA389296791927165
Rotherham HA132119342210
Sheffield HA1,006407123282110
Bury and Rochdale HA57760341514738
North Cheshire HA7890384651
South Cheshire HA1607839121684
East Lancashire HA4368224219528
North West Lancashire HA12453104271
North and Mid Hampshire HA839066201452
Portsmouth and South East Hampshire HA7511060151240
Southampton and South West Hampshire HA1502962318152149
Isle of Wight HA1021225941
Somerset HA77093205730
South and West Devon HA1,56177175200
Wiltshire HA39914140141491
Avon HA1,301507152442300
Birmingham HA4903531664699192
Wigan and Bolton HA2223819211343
Wirral HA7266282400
Bradford HA787272441523113
County Durham HA172120792519111
East Riding HA51720784323592
Gateshead and South Tyneside HA577139190431
Leeds HA7512631084136329
Newcastle and North Tyneside HA34400100
North Cumbria HA2216671020
South Humber HA9363263400
Northumberland HA12100000
Sunderland HA611170621310
Tees HA30921000
Wakefield HA372492835142
North Yorkshire HA675132551715163
Calderdale and Kirklees HA4638136161292
Cornwall and Isles of Scilly HA28354134500
Dorset HA214137101191061
North and East Devon HA10445249530
Gloucestershire HA97016148101240
Coventry HA7943167510
Dudley HA7038213520
Herefordshire HA12770182330
Sandwell HA18759267940
Shropshire Ha24750223311
Solihull HA402572450
North Staffordshire HA78550153560
South Staffordshire HA97018648121150
Walsall HA20078416860
Warwickshire HA110902941530
Wolverhampton HA7333541430
Worcestershire HA1771162911950
East and North Hertfordshire HA1728936141200
West Hertfordshire HA1651015391560
Cambridge HA223129322620
Norfolk HA3685377610901

(42) 1 April to 31 March


1. Waiting time statistics from HES are not the same as the published waiting list statistics. HES provides counts and waiting times for all patients admitted to hospital within a given period whereas the published waiting list statistics count those waiting for treatment at a given point in time and how long they have been on the waiting list. Also, HES calculates the waiting time as the difference between the admission and decision to admit dates. Unlike published waiting list statistics, this is not adjusted for self-deferrals or periods of medical/social suspension.

2. Figures in this table have not yet been adjusted for shortfalls in data.


Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), Department of Health

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