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Ms Rosie Winterton: GovNet Expo is organised by GovNet Events, part of GovNet Communications, a commercial media, conference and publications company, which is not funded by Government. Attendance at this event is free to the public sector, so costs will be limited to travel and expenses. The Department however, does not monitor these costs for individual national health service organisations.
Paul Rowen: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the extent to which each spearhead area is on track to meet the 2010 health inequalities target; and if she will make a statement. 
Caroline Flint: The 2010 health inequalities target is based on the performance of the spearhead areas as a whole. The extent to which each individual spearhead area is on track to narrow their local life expectancy gap with England by 10 per cent. by 2010 is shown in the following list. While the national trend is for a continuing widening in the life expectancy gap between spearhead areas and England, the table shows that some 19 per cent. of spearhead areas are on track for males and females with a further 41 per cent. on track for either males or females.
Current activity to support achievement of the target includes improving our understanding of the key interventions to improve life expectancy in spearhead areas. Fast gains in life expectancy can be made by reducing the prevalence of smoking, effective control of blood pressure and cholesterol, and good care of people with long-term conditions such as diabetes. Improving performance management is also important and we have made health inequalities one of the Department's top six priorities for the national health service, and it will be a mandatory target within local area agreements.
Hammersmith and Fulham
Nuneaton and Bedworth
Newcastle upon Tyne
Redcar and Cleveland
Blackburn with Darwen
Barking and Dagenham
Kingston upon Hull, City of
North East Lincolnshire
(1) The assessment is based on modelling a reduction of 10 per cent. in the gap with England for each spearhead area on the assumption that overall public service agreement life expectancy target for England to increase life expectancy at birth to 78.6 years for men, and to 82.5 years for women is reached. Confidence limits on the data mean that there will be a degree of uncertainty in the assessmentsthe assessment is based on the mid-point of the confidence interval of life expectancy for the spearhead areas.
Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations she has received from managers of the South East Coast strategic health authority and the West Sussex primary care trust regarding effects of the funding formula on health funding in Sussex. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The Secretary of State has received no direct representations from managers at NHS South East Coast and Western Sussex primary care trust (PCT) regarding the effects of the funding formula on health funding in Sussex.
Revenue allocations are made to PCTs on the basis of a fair funding formula that directs funding to those areas of greatest need. To ensure equity in resource allocation, the development of the formula is kept under continuous review by the Advisory Committee on Resource Allocation.
Ms Rosie Winterton: The former Surrey and Sussex strategic health authority, now part of NHS South East Coast, is responsible for the Creating an NHS Fit for the Future programme. The NHS South East Coast reports that it is envisaged that patients in Sussex will benefit from having access to a clinically and financially sustainable health system which makes the best use of its resources to improve the health of the population and provide quicker and more convenient care closer to, or inside, peoples homes.
Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research her Department has undertaken on journey times between Worthing hospital and the Royal Sussex county hospital in Brighton; and what projections have been made for (a) five and (b) 10 years time taking account of likely traffic growth. 
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what changes in (a) job numbers, (b) services and (c) beds each primary care and health trust has made in response to this years financial position; and if she will make a statement. 
The provisions data has been provided by national health service organisations to the Department of Health and has not been amended centrally. The completeness and accuracy of this data is the responsibility of the provider organisation.
Steve Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much was allocated to (a) the better hospital food programme and (b) the Eating Well in Hospitals scheme in each year since their inception; and if she will make a statement on her plans for each scheme; 
Between 2000 and 2005, around £34.5 million was spent on the better hospital food programme. This includes funding distributed directly to trusts, central initiatives such as the development of the menu planner and recipe book, and administrative costs for running the better hospital food panel.
Eating Well in Hospital refers to a broad group of activities undertaken by a range of organisations, not to a specific Department of Health or national health service programme. There is no specific funding.
The better hospital food programme closed in April 2006. It set an excellent foundation and resulted in measurable improvements in the quality and availability of hospital food. Taking this work forward is now a matter for local determination.
Steve Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what percentage of people (a) admitted to and (b) discharged from hospital were malnourished in each of the last five years for which figures are available, broken down by (i) age and (ii) strategic health authority. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The information requested has been placed in the Library. The figures do not represent the number of patients, as a person may have more than one episode of care within the year. Information on whether a patient was suffering from malnutrition when discharged from hospital is not held centrally.
Mr. Evennett: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were (a) admitted with malnutrition and (b) treated for malnutrition after admission in London hospitals in each of the last five years for which figures are available. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The information is not available in the form requested. However, the table shows the number of people admitted to hospitals within London strategic health authorities with malnutrition for the years 2000-01 to 2004-05.
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Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people suffering from malnutrition when they were (a) admitted to and (b) discharged from hospital spent (i) up to a week, (ii) between a week and a month, (iii) between one month and three months and (iv) more than three months in hospital in the last period for which figures are available; 
(2) what estimate she has made of the percentage of people suffering from malnutrition when they are (a) admitted to and (b) discharged from hospital who receive regular visits from friends or family throughout their stay. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: Information on whether a patient was suffering from malnutrition when discharged from hospital is not held centrally. Information on the number of people admitted to hospital due to malnutrition in 2004-05, broken down by length of stay, is provided in the table.
|Counts of in-year discharge episodes and counts of individual patients, Primary diagnosis = malnutrition, NHS hospitals in England, 2004-05|
|Length of stay group||Episodes||Patients|
| Source: Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), Health and Social Care Information Centre.|
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