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Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord McIntosh of Haringey: The Department of Work and Pensions, Inland Revenue and Customs and Excise.

Haemophilia Patients: vCJD Blood Donors

Lord Morris of Manchester asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Andrews: Information on the number of haemophilia patients who have been informed that they were treated with blood products from donors diagnosed with variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease is currently not known.

Private Finance Initiative: Acute Hospitals

Earl Howe asked Her Majesty's Government:

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Baroness Andrews: Listed as follows are the acute hospitals currently subject to bids from private sector service providers.

Information on the date the bidding process began (that is the date bids appear in the Official Journal of the European Communities (OJEC)) is only collected for major prioritised schemes.

Major Prioritised Schemes

TrustCapital Value £ Million OJECProjected Financial Close
Barts & The London62014/02/200210/2004
Bradford Teaching Hospitals19115/05/200309/2005
Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals4419/07/200204/2004
Hull & East Yorkshire Hospitals5631/12/200206/2004
Lewisham Hospital4730/06/200202/2004
Mid Essex Hospital Services11030/11/200210/2004
Mid Yorkshire Hospitals21131/10/200209/2004
North Middlesex University Hospital7405/12/200211/2004
North West London Hospitals—Central Middlesex6931/05/200209/2003
Oxford Radcliffe Hospital9431/10/200210/2004
Salford Royal Hospitals19415/05/200305/2005
Sherwood Forest Hospitals12529/04/200304/2005
St Helens & Knowsley Hospitals22931/10/200210/2004
Tameside & Glossop Acute Services8431/07/200309/2005
University Hospital Birmingham37930/04/200207/2004
University Hospital of North Staffordshire26931/08/200209/2004
University Hospitals of Leicester40331/12/200201/2005

All other schemes over £10 million (OJEC dates not collected centrally)

TrustCapital Value £ MillionProjected Financial Close
Addenbrookes NHS Trust7601/2004
Daventry & South Northamptonshire PCT2401/2004
East Lancashire Hospitals—Burnley3011/2003
Kingstone Hospital2810/2003
New Forest PCT—Lymington3608/2004
Newham Healthcare4210/2003
Northgate & Prudhoe1409/2004
Nottingham Healthcare1901/2004
Queen Mary's Roehampton4310/2003
Salisbury Healthcare2201/2004
Sheffield Teaching Hospitals3006/2004
Stoke Mandeville4710/2003
Taunton & Somerset1803/2004

Department of Health guidance assumes an indicative timetable from OJEC to financial close of 18 months for major schemes, but this is dependent upon the complexity and value of the scheme. Since March 2002 process improvements have been introduced to streamline the procurement process and ensure that the NHS obtains the best value from the current market.


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Earl Howe asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether and to what extent the introduction of rules relating to retention of employment has been a contributory factor to delays in finalising private finance initiative contracts for acute hospitals since May 2001.[HL4346]

Baroness Andrews: A delay of five months was experienced in assessing the retention of employment model (RoE) at the three pilot site trusts (Havering, Stoke Mandeville and Queen Mary's Roehampton). Although not included in the pilot schemes, Walsgrave had received bids and was therefore evaluated alongside them.

The model was approved in March 2002 and endorsed by Unison's health group executive in July 2002.

Walsgrave was the first project to use the new RoE model and signed contracts in November 2002.

Earl Howe asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether, in respect of private finance initiative projects currently in the bidding process, all outstanding issues between private sector service providers and acute National Health Service trusts concerning retention of employment have now been satisfactorily resolved; if not, what issues remain to be resolved; and what is their estimate of the timescale for reaching financial close. [HL4347]

Baroness Andrews: There are no outstanding issues between private sector service providers and acute National Health Service trusts concerning retention of employment (RoE model).

The model was approved in March 2002 and endorsed by Unison's health group executive in July 2002.

Walsgrave was the first project to use the new model and signed contracts in November 2002, followed by Southern Derbyshire in September 2003.

The retention of employment model has now formally been launched and is incorporated into the standard form contract (version 3) which all trusts must adhere to when incorporating "soft" FM services.

Professor Sir Roy Meadow

Earl Howe asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether Professor Sir Roy Meadow has acted as a consultant adviser to the Department of Health during the past 10 years; if so, when; and to what areas of policymaking his advice related.[HL4348]

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Baroness Andrews: Professor Sir Roy Meadow was invited, during his tenure as President of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, between April 1997 and December 1998, to act as consultant adviser in paediatrics for the then Chief Medical Officer, Sir Kenneth Calman.

Smoking

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will ban smoking within 20 yards of the entrance to public buildings.[HL4351]

Baroness Andrews: The Government have no plans to ban smoking within 20 yards of the entrance to public buildings.

Smallpox Vaccination: Medical Staff

Lord Jopling asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many of the 116 doctors and 112 nurses who have been vaccinated for smallpox work in each area health authority.[HL4357]

Baroness Andrews: The total number of doctors in England who have been vaccinated for smallpox has now risen to 126, and the number of nurses in England who have been vaccinated has been revised to 110. It is the policy of the Department of Health not to release any personal information about the vaccinees, including their locations.

Care Homes

Lord Steel of Aikwood asked Her Majesty's Government:

    When they intend to meet, as requested, the representatives of English Care to discuss the financial problems of independent care homes.[HL4368]

Baroness Andrews: Department of Health officials met with representatives of English Care on 15 September. English Care used the opportunity to put forward a broad outline proposal on how to take the issue of care home fee levels forward in the future.

NHS: Administrative Posts

Lord Jones asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What measures have been taken to eliminate unnecessary administrative posts in the National Health Service with a view to spending government funding on front-line services.[HL4417]

Baroness Andrews: The programme of reform set out in the Government's NHS Plan is already ensuring that more resources get to front-line services, and bureaucracy is being cut. From April 2003, 75 per cent.

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of the total National Health Service budget is now allocated directly to primary care trusts. We have reduced management bureaucracy through the abolition of regional offices and the replacement of 95 health authorities with 28 strategic health authorities. The number of managers in strategic health authorities in 2002 was around 1,400 compared with 5,700 in health authorities in 2000.

We remain committed to reducing unnecessary bureaucracy in the NHS. Our programme of reform, for example through the introduction of a modern information technology system into the NHS, will support this process. lynne

Tuberculosis

Lord Skelmersdale asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many cases of human tuberculosis were reported in each of the past seven years for which they have figures.[HL4419]

Baroness Andrews: Notifications of tuberculosis are made to the Health Protection Agency. The number of notifications reported in England and Wales for the last seven years are as follows:


    1996: 5,654


    1997: 5,859


    1998: 6,087


    1999: 6,143


    2000: 6,572


    2001: 6,714


    2002 1 : 6,891


    1 Provisional figure.


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