HC Deb 27 February 2003 vol 400 cc705-6W
Mr. Damian Green

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what provisions he has made in his departmental budget for the spending entailed in the Sustainable Communities plan on healthcare in Ashford; and if he will make a statement. [98635]

Ms Blears

Sustainable Communities Plan is an initiative of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and has indicated a sum of £164 million available over the next three years for Milton Keynes/South Midlands, Ashford, London-Stanstead and Cambridge.

Table 1: Completed primary courses: percentage of children immunised by their first birthday and second birthday
Number of children
Year Thousands Diphtheria Tetanus Polio Pertussis MMR1
Year of first birthday
1996–97 609 93 93 93 92
2000–01 578 91 91 91 90
2001–02 556 91 91 91 90
Year of second birthday
1996–97 620 96 96 96 94 92
2000–01 592 94 95 94 94 87
2001–02 573 94 94 94 93 84
1Immunisation is recommended between 12 and 15 months of age


Department of Health, Statistics Division SD3G, Cover data

Table 2: Percentage of children immunised by their 5th birthday
Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio Pertussis MMR
Year Number of children age five1 Primary Primary and booster Primary First dose First and second dose
2000–01 616 94 80 92 92 75
2001–02 608 94 81 93 91 74
2 Information about uptake age five was collected for the first time in 1999–2000


Department of Health, Statistics Division SD3G Cover data

Ashford Borough Council and strategic partners have been working for some time on an "Ashford's Future" study, and I am advised that in December 2001, key capacity issues were examined including a health profile of Ashford together with a health and modernisation plan produced by Ashford Primary Care Group. The study addressed current deficits and the vision for primary and community care looked at how many general practitioner surgeries would be needed over the growth period. "Ashford's Future The Overarching Report", published December 2002, included an indication of the number of primary care centres that would be required, phased over time.

Ashford Primary Care Trust and the Kent&Medway Strategic Health Authority will be key partners in the planning process as action planning becomes more detailed. The PCT will use the local delivery plan process and the StHAs capital funding process to progress development in Ashford.

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