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Residential Care Homes

Mr. Burns: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 23 October 2001, Official Report, column 159W, how many individuals (i) of pensionable age and (ii) 75 years or older in each year since 1 May 1997 to the latest available date have been living in (a) residential care homes and (b) residential nursing care homes; and in each category how many were (i) self-funding the fees, (ii) partially funding the fees and (iii) being funded wholly by the state in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. [11945]

Jacqui Smith [holding answer 2 November 2001]: I apologise to the hon. Member for the delay in responding to this question. I refer the hon. Member to the reply that my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State gave my hon. Friend the Member for Blackpool, North and Fleetwood (Mrs. Humble) on 5 March 2002, Official Report, column 192W.

The information available centrally for people aged 65 and over in England is in the table. The number of people who are resident in residential care homes and paying for

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their own care is not collected centrally. A survey conducted in June 2001 estimated the number of people in nursing homes who were paying wholly for their own care, but no information was collected on age.

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Information on the number of homes and beds in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland is a matter for the devolved Administrations.

Number of places/registered beds in residential and nursing homes for older people (aged 65 and over)(40) with Local Authority Supported residents in these homes, 1997 to 2001, England
Rounded numbers

As at 31 March 1997(41)1998199920002001
Number of places in residential care homes(42)261,600268,600265,100263,400260,100
Number of LA supported residents in residential care homes(43) 129,400135,300137,800140,100138,100
Number of registered beds in nursing homes(44)154,200160,000153,500149,600142,500
Number of LA supported residents in nursing homes60,80067,50067,50067,60065,500

(40) Includes older people who are mentally infirm.

(41) Refers to the period 1 October 1996 to 31 March 1997 for number of registered beds in nursing homes

(42) Residential places in local authority staffed, voluntary, private, small (homes with less than four places) and dual registered homes

(43) Local authority supported residents in local authority staffed and independent residential care homes. A local authority supported resident is a resident whose fees are paid in part or in full by the local authority. This does not include the number of people who are supported by the NHS or the Department for Work and Pensions.

(44) General and mental nursing homes including private hospitals and clinics.

Source: Department of Health returns.


Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what meetings he has had with representatives of the private residential care homes since April 2001. [24341]

Jacqui Smith [holding answer 8 January 2002]: I apologise to the hon. Member for the delay in responding to this question. I refer the hon. Member to the reply that my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State gave my hon. Friend the Member for Blackpool, North and Fleetwood (Mrs. Humble) on 5 March 2002, Official Report, column 192W.

I have met with: Coalition on Charging on 4 September 2001; Rescare on 26 September 2001; and numerous individual care home owners.

The Under-Secretary, Lord Hunt of Kings Heath met with Lord Haskel and Rosalind Preston, Chair of the Residential Nursing Home for the Jewish Community on Monday 30 April 2001.

Influenza

Dr. Evan Harris: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he has taken to minimise the effects of a flu epidemic on hospital resources; and if he will make a statement. [13116]

Yvette Cooper [holding answer 7 November 2001]: I apologise to the hon. Member for the delay in responding to this question. I refer the hon. Member to the reply that my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State gave my hon. Friend the Member for Blackpool, North and Fleetwood (Mrs. Humble) on 5 March 2002, Official Report, column 192W.

As with winter 2000–01, we ran a high media profile publicity campaign targeting all those aged 65 years and over as well as those in at risk groups. These are people of all ages with: chronic respiratory disease, including asthma; chronic heart disease; chronic renal disease; diabetes; immunosuppression due to disease or treatment; and those living in long-stay residential and nursing homes or other long-stay facilities.

These people would be most at risk of high morbidity, and would be the people most likely to need hospitalisation if they caught flu.

We ran a national television advertising campaign, again featuring Sir Henry Cooper, following market research on last year's successful media programme. In addition, there were many other media adverts targeting people aged 65 years and over as well as people in the various clinical risk groups, encouraging them to be immunised.

This year, 12.2 million doses of influenza vaccine were available for the United Kingdom, some 1.3 million doses more than last year, and enough to achieve our increased minimum target in England of immunising at least 65 per cent. of people aged 65 years and over.

Final monitoring figures received at the end of December 2001 showed that 68 per cent. of those aged 65 years and over received their flu immunisation. This is three percentage points higher than the target set at the start of the campaign.

Press Officers and Special Advisers

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) press officers and (b) special advisers are employed by his Department; what the numbers were in each of the last five years; and what the cost was in each case. [24676]

Mr. Hutton [holding answer 8 January 2002]: I apologise to the hon. Member for the delay in responding to this question. I refer the hon. Member to the reply that my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State gave my hon. Friend the Member for Blackpool, North and Fleetwood (Mrs. Humble) on 5 March 2002, Official Report, column 192W.

The information requested is shown in the tables.

YearNumbersCost (£)
Press officers
1996–9715(45)
1997–98161,061,664
1998–99181,122,393
1999–2000211,252,509
2000–01221,232,937
Special advisers
1996–972(46)
1997–982(46)
1998–992(46)
1999–20002(46)
2000–012(46)

(45) Details of the costs for press offices are given for the periods 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999–2000 and 2000–01. For the period of 1996–97, could be provided only at disproportionate costs.

(46) Details of costs for Special Advisers within the individual Departments are not given, in order to protect the privacy of the individuals concerned.


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Older People (Social Services)

Mrs. Calton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the methodology used to derive the 2002–03 allocation as indicated in the document entitled "Improving Social Services for Older People". [28289]

Jacqui Smith [holding answer 15 January 2002]: I apologise to the hon. Member for the delay in responding to this question. I refer the hon. Member to the reply that my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State gave my hon. Friend the Member for Blackpool, North and Fleetwood (Mrs. Humble) on 5 March 2002, Official Report, column 192W.

All councils received additional funding through the Building Care Capacity Grant. The 55 councils with the highest rates, and the most severe problems, with delayed discharge received extra funding. The extra funding to these councils reflected the rate of delayed discharge in that council's area in summer 2001.

The same criteria were used to distribute the £190 million available for councils through this Grant in 2002–3.

Golden Jubilee

Mr. Yeo: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what events (a) he is and (b) other Ministers in his Department are planning to attend as part of the golden jubilee celebrations; and what events his Department is planning to arrange to celebrate the golden jubilee. [33251]

Mr. Hutton [holding answer 4 February 2002]: I apologise to the hon. Member for the delay in responding to this question. I refer the hon. Member to the reply that my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State gave my hon. Friend the Member for Blackpool, North and Fleetwood (Mrs. Humble) on 5 March 2002, Official Report, column 192W.

I refer the hon. Member to the reply given by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on 11 February 2002, Official Report, columns 58–59W.


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