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Adult Protection

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what allocation of (a) staff and (b) cash resources has been given to each police force in England for the referral of cases of adult abuse under the No Secrets guidance; and if he will make a statement. [45636]

Jacqui Smith [holding answer 26 March 2002]: The local implementation of the 'No Secrets' guidance is unlikely to have significant resource consequences for local police forces and therefore no additional resources have been allocated.

User Consultation

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what new steps his Department took in 2001–02 to consult the users of its services about their wishes and expectations; and if he will publish the findings. [47305]

Ms Blears [holding answer 10 April 2002]: A programme of National Health Service trust-based patient surveys began in January this year, with all acute hospital trusts carrying-out a specially designed survey which seeks the views of a randomly selected group of patients—about 500 in each trust. This will become an annual survey. The main areas covered include; admissions, nature of the hospital ward, staff attitudes, care & treatment (pain management etc), leaving hospital and how the patient feels after their experience.

The acute survey results will be used to:



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Performance Targets

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the target has been in each of the last five years for efficiency savings as a percentage of total running costs for each of the non-departmental public bodies for which he is responsible; and if the target was met. [49635]

Ms Blears: The information sought is available in the annual reports and accounts of these bodies, which are available in the Library.

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of whether the target to reduce by 20 per cent. by 2001–02 the number of absences by staff caused by violence will be met. [47362]

Ms Blears [holding answer 10 April 2002]: The Department conducted a survey of sickness absence, accidents and violence in national health service trusts in England in 1998–99. The survey found that there were approximately 65,000 violent incidents against NHS trust staff recorded each year. A further survey of recorded violent incidents in 2000–01 has been conducted, and the figures are currently being analysed by the Department. The figures will be published as soon as the Department is satisfied the figures are sufficiently robust and reflect NHS trust mergers and other organisational changes in the NHS. The 2000–01 figures will form the baseline for measuring progress against the Government's national improvement targets.

Information on levels of sickness absence resulting from violence at work is not collected centrally, but may be held at a local level by individual national health service employers.

Overtime

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on overtime payments for staff in his Department. [49128]

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Mr. Hutton: The policy of the Department is to recompense staff who work more than their contracted hours either by payment of overtime or by giving time off in lieu of the hours worked. Overtime is not paid to Senior Civil Servants and other senior managers.

PFI/PPPs

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the total savings to public funds of the Private Finance Initiative contract for the Hereford Hospitals NHS Trust by comparison with a non-Private Finance Initiative alternative; [49539]

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Mr. Hutton: I refer the hon. Member to my answers of 11 March 2002, Official Report, columns 833-34W and of 22 November 2001, Official Report, columns 411-13W in which are listed all the major private finance initiative contracts that have reached financial close since May 1997, with figures for the projected savings on each.

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the difference was between the price offered in reaching preferred bidder stage and the final contract price for PPP contracts let by his Department in each of the last four years; and if he will make a statement. [45606]

Ms Blears [holding answer 25 March 2002]: To collect this information for all contracts let by NHS trusts other than for the major PFI schemes would involve disproportionate cost. I refer the hon. Member to the response I gave him on 19 April 2002, Official Report, column 1245W.

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the total savings to public funds of the Private Finance Initiative contract for new facilities for the Newham NHS Trust by comparison with a non-Private Finance Initiative alternative; [49535]

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Mr. Hutton: The business cases justifying the individual schemes gave the estimates of the net savings in present value terms (with all future costs and benefits discounted to their present values), compared with publicly funding the scheme, shown in the table.

Net present costs of PSC v. PFI option

TrustPFI £000Public £000£000% difference
Newham Healthcare NHS Trust(20)
Mayday Healthcare NHS Trust2,4952,564692.7
Oxleas Healthcare NHS Trust227,325234,8487,5233.2
North West London Hospitals NHS Trust5,3855,483981.8

(20) The project at Newham Healthcare NHS Trust has not yet received final approval and therefore no final assessment has been made of the comparative costs of the project.



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