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Harry Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effect of the price of emergency contraception upon the extent of its use; and if he will make a statement. 
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Yvette Cooper: Direct sale of emergency contraception in pharmacies has provided a welcome additional point of access to emergency contraception. Data are not collected on over the counter pharmacy sales of emergency contraception. Supply of a pharmacy medicine outside national health service arrangements is a private transaction and payment is therefore required. The cost is entirely a matter for the product licence holder and community pharmacies.
We do however recognise that the cost of this product may be a barrier for some women and that emergency contraception must continue to be widely available under NHS arrangements. Emergency contraception continues to be available free of charge, on prescription, from general practitioners, contraceptive clinics, youth clinics, and walk-in centres. In addition pharmacists in some areas are supplying emergency contraception free of charge under a patient group direction. We welcome the introduction of these schemes and have recently provided funding to 14 areas to enable further pharmacy schemes to be developed.
Mr. Hutton: The NHS Plan signals that a key part of modernising the NHS and Personal Social Services is the need to be more responsive to black and minority ethnic groups, and to provide services for each individual which take account of their religious, cultural and linguistic requirements.
Barnet primary care trust (PCT) is already beginning to address the health needs of its diverse local communities. The PCT have established an Inequalities Group which meet frequently and feed into the health improvement programme.
Interpreting services for people attending general practitioners surgeries in Barnet, including the Chinese community, are managed and provided through the Linkworker service at Barnet and Chase Farm hospitals. All GP surgeries are aware of the arrangements for accessing these services and posters and circulars are provided for communications purposes. Interpreting services for clinics and health centres in Barnet are managed and provided through the PCT. The manager for these services is based at Edgware community hospital.
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8,424 patients were seen in the Swindon Dental Access Centre between April 2000 and February 2002. Local management information is that in January 2002 the Centre saw an average of 41.2 patients a day across the three sites. The Centre provides a seven-day service.
It is not possible from the information collected centrally to identify cost and activity information for the individual sites within the Dental Access Centre. For more detailed information on cost and activity the hon. Member should contact the Chair of Wiltshire health authority.
Ms Blears: Approval has been granted for the expansion of the Swindon Dental Access Centre to cover Chippenham. Planning permission has been granted for the development of a clinic and building work is expected to commence in April. The clinic is due to open in December 2002.
Mr. Hutton: We remain confident that the national health service is on course to deliver NHS Plan and NSF commitments. Progress against these commitments is reported annually by the Department in the departmental report.
Mr. Hutton: The introduction of resource accounting and budgeting across all Government Departments from 200102 means that health authorities are no longer required to account on an income and expenditure basis. The concept of accumulated income and expenditure deficits is, therefore, no longer applicable, having been replaced by a measure which seeks to ensure that health authorities live within the approved resource limits set by the Department.
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Mr. Wilshire: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what was (a) the original budgeted expenditure and (b) the actual expenditure of West Surrey health authority in each of the last five years; 
(3) if he will list the land and buildings identified to his Department as the source of funds to pay off the debt of West Surrey health authority. 
|Original planned expenditure||Final budget||Expenditure|
Final budget and expenditure figures as per accounts.
The successor body to West Surrey health authority is the new Surrey and Sussex strategic health authority. It is responsible for the transfer of the balance sheet position, as at 31 March 2002, to the NHS organisations, which assume West Surrey health authority's functions from 1 April 2002. The exact transfer of specific assets and liabilities will be determined by the accounting process that is planned to be completed by 16 May 2002. The new health authority and local primary care trusts will be allocated the main proportion of West Surrey's balance sheet. The funding requirement for these successor organisations into 200203 will be concluded upon the closure of its accounts.
Mr. Wilshire: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what was (a) the original budgeted expenditure and (b) the actual expenditure of the Ashford and St. Peter's Hospitals NHS Trust in each of the last five years. 
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|Ashford & St. Peters||Original budget||Turnover||Expenditure|
1. The Ashford and St. Peters NHS Trust was created 1 April 1998 from the merger of the St. Peters Hospital Trust and the Ashford Hospital Trust. The figures for 19971998 are the sum of the figures for the two Trusts.
2. The original budget differs from the actual turnover of the Trust due to in year contract adjustments.
Ms Blears: Mr. Clive Thompson was appointed to chair the Ashford and St. Peter's National Health Service Trust on 11 March. The appointment was announced by press release on 14 March. A further letter was sent by the trust to all local hon. Members on 20 March informing them of the appointment.
Mr. Wilshire: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) directly employed nurses and (b) agency nurses were employed by the Ashford and St. Peters Hospital NHS Trust on 1 January (i) 1999, (ii) 2000, (iii) 2001 and (iv) 2002; and how much the use of agency nurses added to the expenditure of the Trust in each of the last three years. 
Ms Blears: Information on the number of agency nurses employed by the Trust and the cost incurred are not collected centrally. The number of nurses employed by Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals NHS Trust in the years 1999 to 2001 are given below. Figures for 2002 are not yet available.
|All nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff||980||1,030||1,020|
|All nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff||1,290||1,350||1,340|
Figures are rounded to the nearest 10 due to rounding totals may not equal the sum of component parts Figures exclude learners and agency staff
Department of Health Non-Medical Workforce Census
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