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Lord Alton of Liverpool asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has issued no licences for the creation of human embryos via cell nuclear replacement.

Lord Alton of Liverpool asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority is increasingly open in its processes, with due regard to confidentiality when this is appropriate. The authority is currently reviewing procedures for handling research applications with the aim of making the process as open and transparent as possible.

Blood Donors: vCJD

Lord Morris of Manchester asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What details they have of the blood donor in Scotland found recently to have vCJD and from whom plasma had been used to manufacture haemophilia treatment by the National Health Service; and what guidance they are giving patients who could be affected.[HL639]

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: Questions relating to Scotland on this particular issue are for the devolved administration. My noble friend may wish to write to the Scottish Executive about this matter.

Health Visitors

Lord Northbourne asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many health visitors are trained to offer advice and support to young parents and prospective parents in relation to the emotional

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    needs of young children; and what proportion of all health visitors this represents.[HL656]

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: Current specialist practice programmes leading to health visitor registration include components that help to prepare practitioners to support young families. These include providing counselling and support for individuals and carers and assessing, planning, providing and evaluating healthcare interventions to meet the health-related needs of individuals, families, groups and communities. New requirements for health visitor programmes specify emotional health and well-being and managing changes and transitions such as parenthood as part of the competence framework. Health visiting practice has a strong family focus and this is likely to be reflected in the theoretical and practical elements of most pre-registration courses.

Post-registration training needs are determined locally through skills auditing of teams against priority local needs and through the appraisal process. While a proportion of health visitors will have undergone additional training around the emotional needs of young children and provision of parenting support, there is no centrally held information on this.

NHS Trusts: Retained Deficit

Baroness Noakes asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Which National Health Service trusts had an income and expenditure deficit in their 2001–02 annual accounts; and what was the amount of each trust's deficit for that year.[HL678]

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: the information requested is given in the table. NHS Trusts 2001–2002 retained deficit

NHS Trust£000
West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust(11,487)
United Bristol Healthcare NHS Trust(7,659)
North Bristol NHS Trust(6,232)
Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust(4,225)
Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust(4,153)
Bedford Hospitals NHS Trust(3,149)
Mid Sussex NHS Trust(2,683)
Sussex Weald and Downs NHS Trust(2,316)
Avon and Wiltshire MHP NHS Trust(2,298)
Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust(1,798)
Somerset Partnership NHS and Social Care Trust(1,774)
Royal West Sussex NHS Trust(1,722)
N. Essex Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust(1,502)
Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals NHS Trust(1,409)
Bromley Hospitals NHS Trust(1,392)
Bedfordshire and Luton Community NHS Trust(1,221)
East Berkshire Community Health Trust(1,216)
Portsmouth Health Care NHS Trust(1,154)
Cornwall Partnership NHS Trust(1,149)
Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust(992)
West Suffolk Hospitals NHS Trust(936)
Surrey Hampshire Borders NHS Trust(920)
Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust(880)
South Warwickshire Combined NHS Trust(826)
Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust(755)
North Hampshire Hospitals NHS Trust(625)
Worthing Priority Care Services Trust(591)
The Princess Royal Hospital NHS Trust(545)
Royal Shrewsbury Hospitals NHS Trust(494)
Weston Area Health NHS Trust(450)
Isle of Wight Healthcare NHS Trust(431)
Hounslow and Spelthorne Community and Mental Health Trust(382)
Southampton Community Health Services Trust(344)
Frimley Park Hospital NHS Trust(330)
Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust(280)
Stoke Mandeville Hospital NHS Trust(253)
Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS Trust(220)
Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust(193)
Riverside Community Healthcare NHS Trust(110)
Kettering General Hospital NHS Trust(107)
Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust(50)
Royal Berkshire Ambulance Service Trust(29)
Gloucestershire Ambulance Services NHS Trust(14)
West Hampshire NHS Trust(12)
Nuffield Orthopaedic NHS Trust(7)
New Possibilities NHS Trust(4)
Dorset Health Care NHS Trust(4)
Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Trust(2)
North West Anglia Health Care NHS Trust(2)
Birmingham Heartlands and Solihull Trust(1)
Total Deficit(69,328)

Source:

NHS Trust Summarisation Schedules 2001–02


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Health Protection Agency

Lord Turnberg asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How much transitional funding will be provided for the Health Protection Agency as it takes over the responsibilities currently provided by the Public Health Laboratory Service.[HL710]

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: The Secretary of State for Health has not yet decided on the allocations to the central budgets programme (where the Health Protection Agency will lie) for 2003–04 et seq. This information is therefore not yet available.

Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme

Baroness Gale asked Her Majesty's Government:

    When they will publish the sixth report on the pharmaceutical price regulation scheme.[HL867]

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: The sixth report to Parliament on the pharmaceutical price regulation scheme (PPRS) was published today.

The report, entitled PPRS: Sixth Report to Parliament, covers the management and operation of the 1999 scheme, which was introduced in October 1999, including the delivery of a 4.5 per cent price cut. It explains the Government's objectives for the scheme and gives consolidated information on company annual financial returns. The report sets out the contribution made to the economy by the UK based pharmaceutical industry and sets out the conclusions

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of the joint Department of Health and Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) study into the extent of competition in the supply of branded medicines to the National Health Service.

Copies of the report have been placed in the Library.

Branded Medicines

Baroness Gale asked Her Majesty's Government:

    When they will publish the joint Department of Health and the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry study into branded medicines.[HL868]

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: The joint Department of Health and Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) study into the extent of competition in the supply of branded medicines to the National Health Service was published today.

An integral part of the current pharmaceutical price regulation scheme (PPRS) agreement that took effect on 1 October 1999 is a joint assessment by the department and the ABPI of the scope, pace and change and practical impact of competition in the supply and use of branded medicines for the NHS. The results of this study will be available to both the Government and the pharmaceutical industry in considering the future direction of policy on the PPRS.

The study comprised seven components and work on each of the components was undertaken jointly by the department and the ABPI with some elements of the analysis contracted out to third parties. The study allowed an unprecedented level of shared data collection and analysis between the department and the branded pharmaceutical industry in the United Kingdom.

Copies of the study, entitled PPRS: The Study into the Extent of Competition in the Supply of Branded Medicines to the NHS, have been placed in the Library.


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