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Nhs Advertisement Costs

Volume 410: debated on Friday 19 September 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the NHS spent on (a) advertising and (b) advertising for personnel in each of the last five years.[130226]

Advertising costs in the NHS 1997–98 to 2001–02
NHS trusts45,717,79459,545,52664,666,95191,733,138101,541,324
Health authorities3,092,4943,878,3545,038,7248,942,7827,633,702
Primary care trusts1,279,2629,970,446

A new national mandatory surveillance system for healthcare associated infection started with reporting of methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) blood stream infections (bacteraemias), in April 2001. All acute trusts in England now collect this information and results for the first year of this scheme (April 2001 to March 2002) were published by individual trust in the Communicable Disease Report Weekly on 20 June 2002. They are available at 2002/cdr2502.pdf. Information for 2002–03 will be published later this year.Trust specific data will be published as part of the Chief Medical Officer's longer-term action plan to tackle healthcare associated infections.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Answer of 1 September 2003, Official Report, columns 943–44W, on MRSA, to the hon. Member for Manchester, Central (Tony Lloyd), when each of the research programmes will report; which other projects are included in the wider programme; and what their completion dates are.[129723]

The current research programmes on methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), giving lead researcher, project title and project end date, are shown in the table.

Expenditure for the last five years spent on national health service advertising is listed as follows. Advertising for personnel is included in these figures and not available separately.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many advertisements were placed to recruit extra midwives to avoid closing the Oswestry maternity unit; and what the cost of the advertisements was.[130227]

Over the last two years there have been three national advertisements in the nursing press. These have cost a total of about £1,900.