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Community Health Services

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 1 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many primary care trusts had submitted advanced plans for community health services to strategic health authorities as of 31 September, 2006; and if she will make a statement; (93460)

(2) how many representations her Department has received from North and East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire strategic health authority regarding the implementation of the White Paper “Our Health, our Care, our Say” with specific reference to community hospitals; and if she will make a statement;

(3) how many primary care trusts had bid for a portion of the £750 million of capital made available by her Department for community hospitals as of 30 September 2006; and if she will make a statement;

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many applications have been received from primary care trusts for money from the Community Hospitals Fund; and if she will make a statement. (94152)

The Department is committed to allocating £750 million of capital to primary care trusts (PCTs) for new community hospitals and services over the next five years. For the first allocation round, the deadline for PCTs to submit bids to their respective strategic health authorities (SHAs) was 30 September 2006. The deadline for SHAs to submit to the Department any bids they support is 21 October 2006.

Informal dialogue between the Department and SHAs has indicated that at least nine PCTs had submitted bids to their respective SHAs by 30 September 2006.