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Heavy Equipment Transporter

Earl Attlee asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Lord Bach): The staff requirement states that, in the normal travelling position, the combined height of the transporter and a main battle tank must not exceed 4.2 metres. The heavy equipment transporter vehicle meets this requirement without the driver needing to make any adjustments en route.

Thimerosal

Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbots asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Hunt of Kings Heath): The recommended vaccine for routine immunisation of children against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis remains diphtheria, tetanus and wholecell pertussis (DTwP) vaccine. A course of primary immunisation with DTwP vaccine consists of three doses starting at two months, with an interval of one month between each dose. Each dose of the standard DTwP vaccine contains 50 micrograms of thimerosal (containing 25 micrograms of ethylmercury). Therefore, by 16 weeks the total thimerosal exposure would be no more than 150 micrograms (75 micrograms ethylmercury).

Multiple Sclerosis Treatment: North West London

Lord Dubs asked Her Majesty's Government:

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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: The designation of centres is a matter for local agreement. The eight primary care trusts (PCTs) in North West London have been funding beta-interferon and glatiramer for relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis for many years.

The two main neurology centres to which patients are referred are at Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust (Charing Cross) and the National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery, Queens Square (Part of University College London Hospital NHS Trust). Due to historical referral patterns and the proximity of many trusts in central London, patients are also being treated by Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, Royal Free Hospital, North West London Hospitals Trust and Guys & St Thomas' Hospital.

The North West London Strategic Health Authority is working with PCTs and trusts to ensure that all centres are registered to supply recommended treatments.

GPs: Elderly and Disabled Patients

Lord Ashley of Stoke asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many old or disabled people have been deregistered by general practitioners in each of the last three years.[HL1095]

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: The Department of Health collects information on the number of patients removed from the lists of general practitioners or personal medical services pilot providers and on whether there has been an act or threat of violence but does not collect information on the characteristics of the patients concerned. There is therefore no information on the numbers of such people who are elderly or disabled.

Lord Ashley of Stoke asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether there is any right of appeal for old or disabled people who are deregistered against their will by a general practitioner.[HL1096]

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: There is no right of appeal for any patient in such circumstances. This is because the relationship between the general practitioner and patient is mutual and usually cannot be sustained if either party loses confidence in the other.

NHS Trusts: Retained Deficits

Baroness Noakes asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 19 December 2002 (WA 157), whether they will break down the retained deficit of each of the National Health Service trusts listed in the Answer into the retained deficit as at 31 March 2001 and the retained deficit for the year ended 31 March 2002.[HL1145]

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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: This information requested is given in the following table.

NHS Trusts with a Retained Deficit in 2001–022001–02 Retained Deficit £000s2000–01 Retained Deficit £000s
West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust(11,487)
United Bristol Healthcare NHS Trust(7,659)(1,150)
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)(807)
Sussex Weald and Downs NHS Trust(2,316)(1,271)
Avon and Wiltshire MHP NHS Trust(2,298)
Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust(1,798)(704)
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)(4,846)
Bromley Hospitals NHS Trust(1,392)
Bedfordshire and Luton Community NHS Trust(1,221)(360)
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)(35)
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)(35)
Isle of Wight Healthcare NHS Trust(431)
Hounslow and Spelthorne Community and
Mental Health Trust(382)
Southampton Community Health Service 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)(4,573)
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 NHST(14)
West Hampshire NHS Trust(12)
Nuffield Orthopaedic NHS Trust(7)(3,459)
New Possibilities NHS Trust(4)
Dorset Healthcare 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)(17,330)

Source:

NHS Trust Summarisation Schedules 2001–02 and 2000–01.


Baroness Noakes asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 19 December 2002 (WA 157), whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the audited accounts for the year 2001–02 of each of the National Health Service trusts listed in the Answer. [HL1146]

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: Copies of individual National Health Service trust annual accounts are published locally and can be obtained from the NHS bodies directly. It is not therefore intended to place copies in the Library.

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Baroness Noakes asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 19 December 2002 (WA 157), whether they will provide all the information they have about the retained deficit expected or forecast to arise during 2002–03 of each of the National Health Service trusts listed in the answer. [HL1147]

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: The audited information in respect of the 2002–03 financial performance of all National Health Service trusts will be published in their individual annual accounts. The audited information will be available centrally in autumn 2003.

Baroness Noakes asked her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will (a) name the nine National Health Service trusts which had been granted an extension to their recovery periods as shown on table 6 of Chapter 4 of the Comptroller and Auditor General's Report on the National Health Service Summarised Accounts 2000–01 (HC 766); and (b) state for each of those National Health Service trusts the recovery period which has been granted. [HL1149]

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: The information is given in the following table.

(a) NHS Trusts Granted an Extension to their Recovery Periods(b) Recovery Period Extended to
Warwickshire Ambulance Service Trust31 March 2002
East Somerset NHS Trust31 March 2002
Kings College NHS Trust31 March 2002
Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Trust31 March 2002
Chelsea & Westminster Healthcare Trust31 March 2002
Pinderfields & Pontefract Hospital NHS
Trust31 March 2002
Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust31 March 2002
University College London Hospital
NHS Trust31 March 2002
Wakefield & Pontefract Community
Health Trust31 March 2003


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