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Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many prescriptions of (a) dextroamphetamine saccharate, (b) amphetamine aspartate, (c) dextroamphetamine sulfate and (d) amphetamine sulfate (dexidrine) were issued in each of the last five years for (i) attention deficit disorder and (ii) attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder dispensed in the community broken down by (A) health authority and (B) region. 
Jacqui Smith [holding answer 24 June 2002]: We have no prescribing records for drugs named dextroamphetamine saccharate and amphetamine aspartate. Amphetamine sulfate (dexidrine) was last prescribed in the community in 1997 when two items were dispensed.
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|Prescription items (thousands)|
|Health authority and region(29)||1999||2000||2001|
|Total for Eastern region||8.6||7.5||7.2|
|Barking and Havering||0.3||0.3||0.3|
|Barnet, Enfield and Haringey||0.5||0.5||0.6|
|Bexley, Bromley and Greenwich||0.6||0.7||0.7|
|Brent and Harrow||0.8||0.8||0.7|
|Camden and Islington||1.2||1.2||0.9|
|Ealing, Hammersmith and Hounslow||0.7||0.9||0.8|
|East London and the City||0.6||0.5||0.5|
|Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster||1.1||1.1||1.0|
|Kingston and Richmond||0.3||0.3||0.3|
|Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham||0.8||0.8||0.7|
|Merton, Sutton and Wandsworth||0.6||0.5||0.4|
|Redbridge and Waltham Forest||0.4||0.5||0.5|
|Total for London region||8.4||8.6||8.0|
|North West region|
|Bury and Rochdale||1.9||1.0||0.9|
|North West Lancashire||1.4||0.7||0.6|
|Salford and Trafford||1.8||0.9||1.0|
|St. Helens and Knowsley||0.2||0.1||0.1|
|Wigan and Bolton||1.6||1.5||1.2|
|Total for North West region||16.4||9.8||10.1|
|Northern and Yorkshire region|
|Calderdale and Kirklees||0.7||0.8||0.7|
|County Durham and Darlington||0.3||0.3||0.4|
|East Riding and Hull||0.3||0.3||0.2|
|Gateshead and South Tyneside||0.2||0.2||0.2|
|Newcastle and North Tyneside||0.9||0.5||0.4|
|Total for Northern and Yorkshire region||4.7||4.5||4.3|
|South East region|
|East Sussex, Brighton and Hove||1.1||1.2||1.0|
|Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and South East Hampshire||4.5||1.3||1.3|
|North and Mid Hampshire||0.9||1.1||1.1|
|Southampton and South West Hampshire||4.3||2.9||2.3|
|Total for South East region||17.9||13.2||12.2|
|South West region|
|Cornwall and Isles of Scilly||3.0||2.7||2.5|
|North and East Devon||2.1||1.4||0.7|
|South and West Devon||1.5||1.4||0.9|
|Total for South West region||10.1||9.3||8.2|
|Total for Trent region||4.8||5.0||4.8|
|West Midlands region|
|Total for West Midlands region||19.4||18.1||17.5|
(29) In which prescription items were dispensed.
1. Dexamphetamine sulphate is defined within the British National Formulary (BNF) section 4.4, central nervous system stimulants.
2. The data are from the Prescription Cost Analysis system and cover all prescriptions dispensed by community pharmacists and dispensing doctors in England. The system covers prescriptions originating from general practices and also those written by nurses.
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Mr. Lammy [holding answer 3 July 2002]: We are currently considering reform of the NHS complaints procedure following the independent evaluation in 19992000 and the subsequent listening exercise completed in October 2001, as well as the Chancellor's Budget statement and the subsequent publication of "Delivering the NHS Plan" in April this year. "Delivering the NHS Plan" set out the proposal to establish a new Commission for Health Care Audit and Inspection among whose responsibilities will be the independent scrutiny of complaints. The Chief Medical Officer is also considering the scope for closer links between the systems for dealing with complaints and clinical negligence claims among the possible alternatives for clinical negligence reform. We hope to be able to indicate the way forward on the reforms soon.
Changes to the complaints procedure will need to take place in the context of the wider measures to empower patients and increase patient involvement in the development of health services. For example, patient advice and liaison services have already been or are being established in NHS and primary care trusts to help sort out problems on the spot.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his estimate is of the annual growth rate of emergency admissions for people aged over 75 years for each year since 199798 to the latest date for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. 
|Year||Emergency admissions for people aged 75 and over||Percentage increase on previous year|
Data in this table are adjusted for both coverage and unknown/ invalid clinical data, except for 200001, which are not yet adjusted for shortfalls.
Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), Department of Health.
Mr. Wilshire: To ask the Secretary of State for Health by how much the funding of NHS services in west Surrey has been reduced since 1997 to bring it into line with the requirements of the Resource Allocation Working Party. 
Ms Blears [holding answer 5 July 2002]: Actual funding for the national health service in west Surrey has risen from £369.8 million in 199798 to £485.9 million in 200203. This represents an increase of 31.4 per cent.
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|Year||Real terms increase||Average increase in England|
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