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Newcastle Primary Care Trust

Volume 455: debated on Monday 8 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what population assumptions were used for allocations to Newcastle primary care trust in (a) 2004-05, (b) 2005-06 and (c) 2006-07; and what assumptions are planned to be used for the 2007-08 allocation; (107335)

(2) what population figures for the city of Newcastle-upon-Tyne were used as the basis for allocating resources to the Newcastle primary care trust in (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05, (c) 2005-06 and (d) 2006-07; and what figure will be used for the basis of allocation in 2007-08.

Primary care trust (PCT) revenue allocations are based on Office for National Statistics (ONS) census populations adjusted for cross boundary flows where patients are resident in one PCT and registered with a GP practice in another PCT.

2003-04 to 2005-06 allocations used 2001 ONS sub-national population estimates and 2002 GP practice lists. 2006-07 and 2007-08 allocations used 2003-based ONS sub-national population projections for 2006 and 2007 respectively and 2004 GP practice lists.

The ONS populations for Newcastle-upon-Tyne are shown in table 1.

Table 1

Allocation year

Population

2003-04

259,567

2004-05

259,567

2005-06

259,567

2006-07

263,888

2007-08

263,356

The populations for Newcastle PCT, after adjusting for cross boundary flows, are shown in table 2.

Table 2

Allocation year

Population

2003-04

254,380

2004-05

254,380

2005-06

254,380

2006-07

258,859

2007-08

258,398