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Primary Care Trusts

Volume 448: debated on Wednesday 28 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what population is served by each primary care trust. (77519)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 23 May 2006, Official Report, column 1762W, on primary care trusts, what range of work is in hand; and what arrangements Surrey and Sussex strategic health authority have in place to ensure delivery. (79763)

The Department is supporting the national health service in delivering the Government’s targets on retinopathy screening by supporting local delivery with a United Kingdom national screening committee (NSC) programme, carried out with professional organisations and Diabetes UK, which aims to reduce variability, help the development of a systematic approach where none exists and improve performance and quality. This includes Surrey and Sussex strategic health authority (SHA).

Funds have also been made available to support the purchase of digital cameras and related equipment for diabetic retinopathy screening. The capital funds increase so that the largest sum is available from April 2005—£5 million in 2003-04, £9.6 million in 2004-05 and £12.4 million in 2005-06.

Furthermore, primary care trusts (PCTs) are monitored on their progress towards achieving the target. The target is included within the local delivery agreements between SHA and PCTs, which are reviewed quarterly through a data return to the Department.