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Appeals Panels

Ms Drown: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that NHS trusts establish appeals panels promptly. [40018]

Mr. Hutton [holding answer 12 March 2002]: The Department is currently discussing new doctors' disciplinary procedures with the British Medical Association. This will include the handling of local appeals by NHS employers.

The aim is to develop a national system that will provide for fair, quicker and more effective local procedures.

Blood Donation

Mr. Havard: To ask the Secretary of State for Health who, on behalf of his Department, is conducting the assessment into the possible exclusion of transfusion recipients giving blood; and how many years in retrospect the assessment will cover. [42794]

Yvette Cooper [holding answer 12 March 2002]: The Advisory Committee on the Microbiological Safety of Blood and Tissues has asked the Department's Economics and Operational Research Division to assess the impact of excluding transfusion recipients from donating blood on possible secondary infections of variant CJD, assuming blood to be infective. This risk assessment is still in progress and consequently no decision has been taken into the possible exclusion of transfusion recipients giving blood.

Health Expenditure

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the answer given to the hon. Member for Oxford, West and Abingdon (Dr. Harris) of 5 March 2002, Official Report, column 391W, on health expenditure, if he will list the expenditure on health by weighted head of population in real terms for each health authority area, to include expenditure accounted for by (a) the Dental Practice Board and (b) the Prescription Pricing Authority. [42800]

Mr. Hutton [holding answer 12 March 2002]: Expenditure per weighted head of population is not a reliable indicator to compare different health authorities. Allocations per weighted head are a much more reliable indicator.

Expenditure by the Dental Practice Board and the Prescription Pricing Authority is not attributed to individual health authorities in their annual accounts.

Public Appointments

Fiona Mactaggart: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many appointments to public bodies have been made through his Department (a) from April 2000 to March 2001 and (b) since 31 March 2001; and how many of these were (i) men and (ii) women. [42158]

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Mr. Hutton [holding answer 12 March 2002]: The number of men and women appointed, or re-appointed, to bodies sponsored by this Department during the period in question is as follows.

PeriodMen appointedWomen appointed
1 April 2000–31 March 20011,125942
1 April 2001–28 February 2002836693

As well as appointments made by Ministers, the figures include appointments made by the National Health Service Appointments Commission to NHS trusts, health authorities and primary care trusts since the Commission's estalishment in April 2001.


Parliamentary Questions

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many answers to parliamentary questions, are more than (a) two weeks and (b) three months outstanding; and if he will make a statement. [43926]

Ms Blears: I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave to the right hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst (Mr. Forth) on 13 March 2002, Official Report, column 1147W.

As at the end of business on 25 March there were 22 parliamentary questions outstanding that were due for answer on or before 28 February.

Correspondence

Joyce Quin: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Gateshead, East and Washington, West dated 19 November 2001 relating to Dr. Sheikh, a constituent. [44291]

Mr. Hutton: A reply was sent on 15 March.

Sir Teddy Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he intends to reply to the letter dated 4 December 2001 addressed to the Minister for Local Government and transferred to his Department on 10 January about the availability of benefits to the disabled within unitary authorities. [44305]

Jacqui Smith: A reply was sent on 12 March.

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reason the letter of 26 September 2001 to him from the hon. Member for Fareham was answered on 15 March. [45802]

Jacqui Smith: I apologise for the delay in replying to your letter of 26 September. This was caused by the letter being mislaid within the Department.

Home Care

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 12 March 2002, Official Report, column 1022W, on home care, how many households, in each of the last five years for which figures are available received (a) up to five contact hours, (b) five to 10 contact hours and (c) more than 10 contact hours of intensive home care during a survey

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week (i) per thousand head of population aged 65 or over and (ii) per total number of people aged 65 or over. [44673]

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Jacqui Smith [holding answer 21 March 2002]: The available information is shown in the following table.

Households receiving home help/home care by contact hours Rates per 1,000 households and 1,000 population aged 65 or over

Percentage of households receiving
Up to 5 hours6965625958
5 to 10 hours3020212523
More than 10 hours15171919
Number of households receiving intensive home care161,20067,00072,10076,400
Rate per 1,000 households 65+12131415
Rate per 1,000 population 65+ (C28)7.88.89.2

1 From 1998 intensive home care/home help is defined as six or more visits with more than 10 contact hours, prior to this the criterion was six or more visits with five or more contact hours

— Not available

Source:

DH HH1 Return


Hospital Patients

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 13 March 2002, Official Report, column 1141W, on people remaining in hospital, what estimate he has made of the cost of, and what assessment he has made for the case for, social services departments being charged by the NHS for people who remain in hospital, after being medically discharged; and if he will make a statement. [44675]

Jacqui Smith [holding answer 21 March 2002]: I refer the hon. Member to the response I gave him on Wednesday 13 March 2002, Official Report, column 1141W.

Primary Health Care Trusts (Wirral)

Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the membership of the two primary health care trusts for the Wirral. [44994]

Mr. Hutton [holding answer 21 March 2002]: The non-executive members of the Primary Care Trusts are as follows:















Hospital Readmissions

Mr. Paterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many readmissions within 30 days there were to hospitals in Shropshire in (a) 1999, (b) 2000 and (c) 2001. [44678]

Jacqui Smith [holding answer 21 March 2002]: The Department of Health publishes statistics on emergency re-admission to hospital within 28 days of the last, previous discharge from hospital.

The figures in the table are from The Royal Shrewsbury Hospital. This is the only hospital within the Shropshire Health Authority that has data that meets this statistic.

Number of dischargesNumber of re-admissionsPercentage of re-admissions, indirectly age and sex standardised
2000–0142,7862,8216.53
1999–200041,2122,4956.00
1998–9940,2932,3605.85

Care Home Beds

Mr. Paterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many care home beds were available in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999, (d) 2000 and (e) 2001 in Shropshire. [44680]

Jacqui Smith [holding answer 21 March 2002]: The information on the number of residential and nursing care beds in Shropshire is shown in the table at 31 March each year.

Residential and nursing care beds in Shropshire1, 1997 to 2001
At 31 March   Rounded numbers

Total number of registered care bedsResidential care bedsNursing care beds2
199735,0003,0901,920
19985,9504,0301,920
19995,4303,4701,970
20005,3203,3901,930
20015,3103,4301,880

1 Information on residential care for 1999 onwards is presented for Shropshire County Council and Telford and Wrekin Unitary Authority.

2 Includes beds in private hospitals and clinics.

3 Nursing beds relate to the period 1 October 1996 to 31 March 1997.

Source:

Department of Health's annual returns.


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