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Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what new hospital schemes were given the go-ahead in (a) 2001 and (b) 2002. [47826]

Mr. Hutton: A list of new hospital schemes (with a capital value of £10 million or greater) which have been given the go-ahead in 2001 and 2002 is given below.

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St. Ebba's Hospital, Epsom

Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans he has for the residual mental health service on the St. Ebba's hospital site in Epsom; [47501]

Ms Blears: Surrey Oaklands national health service trust has plans for a total of 55 residents to be cared for on the reconfigured site with a further six people to be cared for in an adjacent home with easy access to on-site facilities.

Three homes providing continuing care are already open. The proposals for the further use of the St. Ebba's site are still under development. Current proposals envisaged that all building work should be completed and the remaining accommodation available for occupation by early 2004. The St. Ebba's parents and relatives group has been fully involved in all stages of the planning process.

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Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the total savings to public funds of the Private Finance Initiative contract for the adult acute psychiatric unit reprovision for the Thames Gateway NHS trust by comparison with a non-private finance initiative alternative. [49518]

Mr. Hutton: The business case justifying the individual schemes estimated the net savings in present value terms (i.e. all future costs and benefits discounted to their present values) compared with publicly funding the scheme as follows:

Net present costs of PSC v PFI option

Thames Gateway NHS trust
PFI (£000)54,245
Public (£000)55,778
Savings in net present value terms (£000)1,533
Percentage difference2.75

Primary Care Trusts

Harry Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what his estimate is of delays in PCT investment due to the need to obtain private sector partners; and if he will make a statement; [48872]

Mr. Hutton: The NHS Local Improvement Finance Trust (NHS LIFT) initiative was announced in the NHS Plan. The initiative aims to deliver a step change in the quality of the primary care estate. LIFT's initial focus has been to encourage investment in those parts of the country—such as inner cities—where primary care services are in most need of improvement.

In February 2001, the Department prioritised an initial six LIFT schemes, and in January 2002 a further 12 LIFT schemes were identified. We anticipate approving a third wave of schemes later this year.

The Department has earmarked a total of £195 million (over the current spending review period) to support localities develop their LIFT schemes. All LIFT localities will receive significant levels of financial assistance. The level of this funding is dependent on a number of local factors such as size of the scheme.

The Department is also providing technical assistance to help PCTs develop their investment proposals, and is confident that all localities will attract private partners offering affordable solutions.

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Two of the first wave LIFT schemes (east London and the City and Camden and Islington) recently issued tender documentation. The value of the initial investment requirement in east London and the City is £62.5 million, and in Camden and Islington is £17 million.

Once fully established locally, LIFT will help deliver quicker across the piece solutions for primary care. The LIFT approach enables the needs of the whole locality to be considered in a systematic manner, and aims to deliver speedier solutions by using a standardised approach to procurement.

Riding for the Disabled Association

Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the timetable for finalising agreement with the Epsom Riding for the Disabled Association for the sale of land in Epsom. [50689]

Ms Blears: I am pleased to be able to advise that the terms discussed between the district valuer and the Epsom Riding for the Disabled Group have been approved and a draft contract for sale is being prepared.

Health Care International

Mr. Peter Duncan: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients of English health authorities were treated in the last year at Health Care International at Clydebank. [52558]

Mr. Hutton: We are aware that a number of national health service patients from the west midlands and north-west of England have been treated in the last year at the Health Care International medical centre in Clydebank, but we do not hold comprehensive information centrally on the number of NHS patients treated at this, or any other, independent sector hospital in the UK.


Clive Efford: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to publish performance statistics for individual consultants for work carried out in (a) the NHS and (b) the private sector; and if he will make a statement. [52911]

Ms Blears: The Government agreed with the Bristol inquiry recommendation that patients and the public must be able to obtain information as to the relative performance of the trust and the services and the consultant units within the trust (recommendation 155 of the report of the public inquiry into children's heart surgery at the Bristol Royal Infirmary 1984–1995).

The Government made a further commitment that the Department would publish information on individual consultants. As a first step the Department will be publishing outcomes from coronary artery bypass graft operations by individual surgeon. Data collection started on 1 April 2002 and the first set of data will be published in 2004.

The Department is working with the medical profession to extend the number and range of specialities where

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robust, rigorous and risk-adjusted information on both the consultant's and the unit's comparative performance can be published.

On 1 April this year, the National Care Standards Commission took over responsibility for the regulation of independent health care providers, including private hospitals. Data on key clinical indicators that are a reflection on the quality of care received by a patient will be collected by inspection teams, and this will continue when the Commission for Healthcare Audit and Inspection takes over the regulatory system. The approaches to data collection will be tested to ensure that it is robust before publishing the results. It is likely that in due course, data on clinical performance will be published in line with that on national health service hospitals.

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