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The Department has been working closely with PCTs across the country to ensure their plans are robust, and so far the response from PCTs, particularly in areas of sustained transmission, has been very good in challenging circumstances.
Hugh Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much North Yorkshire and York Primary Care Trust spent per capita on mental health services in each year since 2004-05; what proportion of the Trust's expenditure such spending represented in each such year; and where the Trust was placed in national rankings relating to primary care trust expenditure on mental health services in each such year. 
|North Yorkshire and York primary care trust (PCT)-Expenditure on mental health disorders (estimated from programme budgeting data)|
|Financial year||Estimated spend on mental health disorders (£/capita)||Expenditure on mental health disorders as a percentage of total expenditure||PCT ranking for mental health disorders by expenditure per capita|
1. Data are best estimate of expenditure on own population.
2. Continual refinements made to the calculation methodology and to underlying data sources which makes like-for-like comparisons between years difficult.
3. Expenditure across all sectors is included.
4. Disease specific expenditure will not include expenditure on prevention, or GP expenditure, but will include prescribing expenditure.
5. Source of data are PCT financial programme budgeting returns.
6. 2007-08 Programme Data has not yet been published.
7. The population values used to calculate expenditure per capita are those used for PCT resource allocations, and have been weighted for age, sex and need.
8. Total expenditure is total expenditure on own population.
Programme Budgeting Data.
Mr. Bellingham: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the monetary value was of the tax levied on claimant costs in cases involving the NHS Litigation Authority in each of the last five years. 
Mr. Bellingham: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the largest (a) absolute and (b) reduction in claimant costs consequent on the levying of tax in cases involving the NHS Litigation Authority in respect of which legal proceedings have been completed was in each of the last five years; and what the names of the solicitors were in each case. 
Mr. Bellingham: To ask the Secretary of State for Health in how many cases involving the NHS Litigation Authority in respect of which legal proceedings have been completed involving claimant costs of over £50,000 contested those costs in each of the last five years; in how many such cases those costs were reduced in each such year; and what the total monetary value was of such reductions. 
Mr. Garnier: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases involving claimant costs of over £50,000 the NHS Litigation Authority contested in the last 12 months; in how many of those cases costs were reduced following contest by the authority; and what the combined monetary value of such reductions was. 
Ann Keen: While the NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA) contests the value of claimant costs on the vast majority of claims, to provide this answer would be at disproportionate cost as it would involve the NHSLA working through each and every claim within the five-year period where claimant costs were settled above £50,000.
Mr. Bellingham: To ask the Secretary of State for Health in how many cases involving the NHS Litigation Authority in respect of which legal proceedings have been completed claimant costs exceeded the amount of compensation awarded in each of the last five years. 
|Number of claims closed where claimant costs exceeded damages||Total number of claims closed|
Mr. Garnier: To ask the Secretary of State for Health in how many cases involving the NHS Litigation Authority claimant costs have exceeded the compensation awarded in the latest period for which figures are available. 
Accident and Emergency Agency Ltd.
Ambition Recruitment Services Ltd
Arthur Rai Medical Services Ltd.
Britannic Medical Services Ltd.
Capital Care Services (UK) Ltd.
Castlerock Care Services Ltd.
Clinical Employment Services Ltd. (CES)
Corrigan's Door Ltd.
Doctors On Call Ltd.
DRC Locums Ltd.
Evergood Associates Ltd.
First Medical Staffing Solutions Ltd.
Geneva Health International Ltd.
G4S Integrated services (UK) Ltd. (formerly GSL UK Ltd.)
Holt Medical Recruitment
InterAct Consulting (Reality HR)
kcare nursing agency Ltd.
Medacs Healthcare Services Plc
Medical Professional Personnel Ltd.
Medsol Healthcare Services Ltd.
Medteam Healthcare Ltd.
Merco Recruitment Ltd.
Mild Professional Care Ltd.
Minutes Medical Staffing Ltd.
Nationwide Locum Services Ltd.
Northwest Locums Ltd.
Orion Locums Ltd.
Pioneer Recruitment Ltd.
Pulse Healthcare Ltd. trading as Pulse Doctors
Resuscitate Medical Services Ltd.
Richmond Medical Agency
RMR Recruitment Ltd.
Serving The Nation Locums Ltd.
Sonographers Medical Ltd.
Templars Medical Agency
Thames Medics (HCL)
The Anaesthetists Agency
The Consultants Agency Ltd.
Total Assist Recruitment Ltd.
United Medicare Ltd.
Mr. Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what criteria a recruitment agency must meet in order to be approved by the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency to supply the NHS with medical staff; and if he will make a statement. 
an initial pre-qualification check to assess the ability to supply medical staff and to obtain full details of the company requesting inclusion in the tender process;
financial check from Dun and Bradstreet or similar;
reference check from NHS customers;
an audit to check that the policies and procedures are in place to meet NHS Employers standards for recruitment into the NHS covering identity, right to work, qualification, employment history, Criminal Records Bureau and occupational health checks;
agreement with the NHS terms and conditions of contract; and
a pricing structure which offers value for money to the NHS.
Mr. Mike O'Brien: The National Programme for Information Technology (IT) is a long-term programme which presents an unprecedented opportunity to use IT to reform the way the national health service in England uses information, and to improve health services and patient care. As reported by the National Audit Office in May 2008, elements of the programme are already fully deployed across the NHS, some ahead of schedule. The NHS could not now function without the systems and services the programme has delivered.
In line with best practice, the new IT services are being implemented incrementally across the NHS throughout the duration of the programme, with increasingly richer functionality being provided in successive software releases. For example, it is likely to be 2014-15 before all trusts have fully deployed systems to support the NHS care records service, though some should receive final releases of the software much sooner.
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