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Vauxhall

Volume 504: debated on Monday 18 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will set out, with statistical evidence relating as closely as possible to Vauxhall constituency, the effects on the constituency of changes to his Department’s policies since 1997. (310331)

The Government have put in place a programme of NHS investment and reform since 1997 to improve service delivery in all parts of the UK. There is significant evidence that these policies have yielded considerable benefits for the Vauxhall constituency.

For example:

At the end of November 2009, the total number of people waiting more than 26 weeks for inpatient treatment within Lambeth Primary Care Trust (PCT) has fallen to 0, from 1,512 in June 2002.

At the end of November 2009, the total number of patients waiting over 13 weeks for outpatient treatment within Lambeth PCT has fallen to 0, from 954 in June 2002.

In June 2003, at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, 82.4 per cent. of patients spent less than four hours in accident and emergency (A&E) from arrival to admission, transfer or discharge. Figures for September 2009 show an improvement to 98.4 per cent.

In June 2003, at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, 93.8 per cent., of patients spent less than four hours in A&E from arrival to admission, transfer or discharge. Figures for September 2009 show an improvement to 98.3 per cent.

Between September 1997 and September 2008 the number of consultants at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has increased from 140 to 408. Between September 1997 and September 2008 the number of nurses has increased from 1,595 to 2,507.

Between September 1997 and September 2008 the number of consultants at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust has increased from 339 to 432. Between September 1997 and September 2008 the number of nurses has increased from 2,158 to 3,597.

Between September 2001 and September 2008 the number of general practitioners (GPs) per 100,000 within Lambeth PCT has increased from 67.7 to 91.9.

92.7 per cent., of urgent GP referrals to King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, with suspected cancer, are seen by a specialist within two weeks of the referral.

95.9 per cent., of urgent GP referrals to Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, with suspected cancer, are seen by a specialist within two weeks of the referral.

Gracefield Gardens health and social care centre in Streatham is one of London’s first polyclinics, providing faster, more convenient high quality health services to the people of Lambeth.

There are three new private finance initiative and capital funded hospital schemes in the area which includes a £72 million scheme at Lewisham Hospital NHS Trust which opened in November 2006; a £50 million scheme at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust which opened in October 2005; and a £76 million scheme at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust which opened in October 2002.