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Dr. Evan Harris: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the connection between the level of deprivation in an area and the quality of its primary care facilities. 
Mr. Hutton: Reducing health inequalities is a key Government priority. It is widely recognised that primary care facilities in relatively deprived localities are generally poorer than elsewhere. We are addressing this by targeting resources and management capacity through the National Health Service resource allocation formula, additional specific funding for general practitioners' premises and the NHS local investment finance trust initiative.
Mr. Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many acute psychiatric beds were available for (a) children, (b) the elderly and (c) other ages in secure units within the Newcastle and North Tyneside Health Authority Area in (i) 199697 and (ii) the most recent available period; what the occupancy rate was; and what delayed discharge issues occurred. 
|Available beds||Occupied beds||% occupancy|
|Newcastle City Health NHS Trust|
|Mental IllnessChildrenshort stay||19||11||60.9|
|Mental IllnessElderlyshort stay||62||50||80.1|
|Mental IllnessSecure unitother ages||37||32||87.8|
|Mental Illnessother agesshort stay||169||162||95.6|
|Total Acute Mental Illness beds for NHS Trusts in Newcastle & North Tyneside Health Authority area, 200001||287||255||89.0|
|Available beds||Occupied beds||%|
|Newcastle City Health NHS Trust|
|Mental IllnessChildrenshort stay||23||16||71.0|
|Mental IllnessElderlyshort stay||68||47||69.3|
|Mental IllnessSecure unitother ages||31||29||92.8|
|Mental Illnessother agesshort stay||192||172||89.4|
|North Tyneside Health Care NHS Trust|
|Mental IllnessElderlyshort stay||33||24||73.3|
|Total Acute Mental Illness beds for NHS Trusts in Newcastle & North Tyneside|
|Health Authority area, 199697||347||288||83.0|
KH03Bed availability and occupancy.
1. The figures shown in the table are not a true reflection of beds in the Newcastle and North Tyneside Health Authority area as in its area it may contain hospitals that come under a different NHS Trust whose main site may fall into a different health authority.
2. The mental health services provided by Newcastle City Health and Northumberland Mental Health Trust merged on the 1 April 2001, to form Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland Mental Health NHS Trust.
3. North Tyneside Health Care NHS Trust does not appear for 200001 as it merged in 1998 with Northumberland Community Health and Cheviot and Wansbeck to form Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust. The main site for the newly formed NHS Trust falls into another Health Authority.
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Ms Stuart: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take into account when calculating widowers' pensions for women doctors in the NHS Pension Scheme their service since 25 March 1972. 
Mr. Wray: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assistance has been given to research into myalgic encephalomyelitis since 1997;  (2) what (a) medical, (b) welfare and (c) benefit provisions are made for those suffering from myalgic encephalomyelitis;  (3) what plans he has for a comprehensive epidemiological study into myalgic encephalomyelitis. 
Jacqui Smith: Since 1997 the Department of Health and Medical Research Council (MRC) invested approximately £370,000 on research projects relevant to myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS/ME).
In addition to specific projects, the Department provides support for research commissioned by charities and the research councils that takes place in the National Health Service. Management of much of the research supported by NHS research & development funding is devolved and expenditure at project level is not held centrally by the Department. The total investment is considerably greater than the spend on directly commissioned projects.
It is the role of primary care trusts, to decide what services to provide for their populations including those with CFS/ME. They are best placed to understand local health needs and commission services to meet them.
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Section 2 of the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970 places local authorities under a duty to arrange services for individual disabled people where they are satisfied that they are necessary to meet the person's needs. The services concerned include practical assistance in the home; recreational facilities; assistance in travelling to services; assistance in arranging adaptations to the home, or the provision of additional facilities designed to secure greater safety, comfort or convenience; facilitating the taking of holidays; the provision of meals and the provision of a telephone and any special equipment necessary to enable the disabled person to use it.
Entitlement to benefit is not dependent on a claimant having any particular diagnosis but the resulting care and mobility needs in the case of Disability Living Allowance or its effects on the person's ability to perform prescribed work-related function in the Personal Capability Assessment for incapacity benefits. Where a clinical diagnosis of CFS/ME has been made full account will be taken of its disabling effects.
Miss Widdecombe: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the waiting list times are for (a) CT scans, (b) MRI scans, (c) angiograms and (d) radiotherapy in each NHS trust in England and Wales at the latest date for which figures are available. 
Mr. Hutton: We do not collect data on waiting times for computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, angiograms or radiotherapy. However we are taking action to improve access to services by investing in a programme of upgrading and expansion of diagnostic and therapeutic equipment, as well as in staff training and streamlining of care processes.
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The NHS Cancer Plan targets for waits from urgent general practitioner referral to first treatment cover the diagnostic phase of treatment and for some patients this will involve CT and/or MRI scans. The targets are to meet this standard for breast cancer by the end of 2002 and for all cancers by 2005. We are currently putting in place data collection mechanisms to show performance against this target.
Mr. Breed: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 16 April 2002, Official Report, column 926W, on community hospitals, how much will be spent on establishing the 5,000 intermediate care beds by 2004; and what proportion of funding and beds will be allocated to rural areas. 
Jacqui Smith: The NHS Plan announced an extra £900 million annually by 200304 for new intermediate care and related services to promote independence and improve quality of care for older people, together with targets for additional intermediate care beds and non-residential places and the number of people to benefit.
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