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Written Answers

Friday 23 February 2007

Avian Flu

Baroness Byford asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Department of Health (Lord Hunt of Kings Heath): All those who had exposure to the infected premises were offered Tamiflu and all accepted.

Care Services: Bedblocking Charges

Lord Hanningfield asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Department of Health (Lord Hunt of Kings Heath): Information on charges for reimbursements for delayed discharges is not held centrally.

The department holds data on the number of reimbursable hospital bed days by local authority and National Health Service trust. Collection of these data began on 5 October 2003 with the last available data being for the week ending 4 February 2007.

The available data held by the department have been placed in the Library.

Crime: Rape

Lord Campbell-Savours asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Bassam of Brighton: The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) advises that in 2005-06 it made 1,194 awards in respect of “non-consensual vaginal and/or anal intercourse”. The median average award was £11,990, and the mean average award was £14,839.

House of Lords: Membership of Public Bodies

Lord Tebbit asked the Chairman of Committees:



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The Chairman of Committees (Lord Brabazon of Tara): The Register of Lords’ Interests, to which I refer the noble Lord, gives details of the information requested. The Register is available for consultation in the Library of the House and on the parliamentary website (www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld/ldreg.htm).

NHS: IT Strategy

Lord Hayhoe asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Department of Health (Lord Hunt of Kings Heath): Very substantial progress has been and continues to be made in implementing the national programme for information technology.

Of the key centrally funded programme projects, the first elements of the NHS care records service—to provide a transaction messaging service, a personal demographics service, a spine directory service and secure access controls via smartcards—went live on time and to budget in July 2004. The software to support the Choose and Book electronic booking system is complete and went live on time and to budget, also in July 2004. The software to introduce the quality management and analysis system (QMAS) in support of the general medical services contract went live on time and to budget in August 2004 and was fully rolled out within three months, supporting payments to 100 per cent of general practitioners (GPs) under the quality outcomes framework (QOF) every month since. The software to allow electronic prescriptions to be issued went live on time and to budget in February 2005. The rate of connections to the new national broadband network (N3) remains, ahead of schedule, and 98 per cent of general practitioner practices now have a broadband connection. NHSmail was implemented on time in October 2004 and currently has over 230,000 registered users sending 1 million e-mails per day.

The National Health Service has already become a digital organisation that is dependent on IT delivered through the national programme for the diagnosis and treatment of patients. So, for example, the first picture-archiving and communications system under the programme was implemented in April 2005 and 69 systems have now been implemented, and around 160,000 patients are treated each week using the technology. Over 38 million patients can now benefit from Choose and Book, and over 2.54 million bookings have been made to date, with daily bookings now exceeding 18,000. Over 11.8 million prescription messages have been issued electronically, with the daily count exceeding 85,000.

There is no single national start or completion date for the programme as a whole, or for its individual systems and services. The aim is to achieve substantial

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integration of health and social care information systems in England under the national programme by 2010.

The value of contracts let for the core components of the national programme for information technology, which is being delivered by the department's NHS Connecting for Health agency, amounts to £6.2 billion over 10 years. The National Audit Office (NAO) has calculated that the full gross cost of the programme including national contracts and legitimately approved additions, other central expenditure and local implementation costs is some £12.4 billion at 2004-05 prices. However, this figure does not take into account anticipated savings in the price paid by the NHS for information-technology goods and services due to the central buying power of NHS Connecting for Health, or in NHS staff time saved through using the programme's systems and services. The NAO also acknowledges an independent evaluation that confirms that £4.5 billion has been saved by central rather than local procurement, and a further £860 million of savings achieved through centrally negotiated enterprise-wide arrangements.

Young Offender Institutions: Segregation

Lord Carlile of Berriew asked Her Majesty's Government:



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Lord Bassam of Brighton: The information, provided by each establishment from their records, is contained in the following table. Werrington does not have a segregation unit.

FelthamHindley
DateTotalBetween seven and 28 daysOver 28 daysTotalBetween seven and 28 daysOver 28 days

Jan 05

0

0

0

1

0

0

Feb 05

6

1

0

1

1

0

Mar 05

8

1

0

1

1

0

Apr 05

5

0

0

3

0

0

May 05

9

2

0

4

1

0

Jun 05

13

0

0

0

0

0

Jul 05

13

1

0

0

0

0

Aug 05

27

0

0

11

3

0

Sep 05

18

2

0

8

1

0

Oct 05

19

2

0

8

4

0

Nov 05

20

1

0

12

2

0

Dec 05

32

0

0

4

1

0

Jan 06

17

0

0

3

2

0

Feb 06

30

1

0

6

3

0

Mar 06

29

0

0

5

3

0

Apr 06

18

3

0

8

1

0

May 06

33

5

0

12

2

0

Jun 06

35

2

0

4

2

0

Jul 06

28

5

0

9

1

1

Aug 06

34

1

0

12

3

0

Sep 06

26

0

0

11

3

1

Oct 06

14

1

0

14

5

0

Nov 06

24

0

0

9

3

2

Dec 06

5

0

0

11

4

2

Total

463

28

0

157

46

6


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