HC Deb 27 March 2003 vol 402 cc401-3W
Mr. Gray

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to her answer of 4 March 2003,Official Report, column 1004W, on Primary Care Trusts, what the equivalent figure is for the Kennett and North Wiltshire Primary Care Trust; and what her definition is of per weighted head of population. [102691]

Ms Blears

Weighted head of population is defined as the primary care trust's population adjusted for age, additional need and market forces factors.

There is no equivalent figure for the Kennett and North Wiltshire PCT as it only became operational on 1 April 2002.

Mr. Hancock

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effect of Government targets on primary care trusts; and if he will make a statement. [104233]

Mr. Hutton

Primary care trusts are responsible for improving the health of their local population. Planning is now undertaken at a local level with primary care trusts leading and agreeing how targets will be met within the three year planning framework. The national health service is being asked to concentrate its planning activity against the priorities in the Priorities and Planning Framework 2003–06. This has resulted in the majority of current planning requirements being replaced by a single three year local delivery plan. There will be routine monitoring of national standards to ensure they continue to be met. Inspection programmes for both health and social care are well established which generate independent performance ratings. These are aligned to the priorities and planning framework and based on the primary care trust's performance against a number of key targets and a wider set of balanced scorecard indicators.

In September 2001 primary care trusts' performance was assessed for the first time against a range of suitable indicators but they were not given an overall star rating.

In December 2002 proposed key targets and performance indicators for primary care trusts for inclusion within 2002–03 performance ratings were announced. This year will be the first time that full performance ratings have been given to primary care trusts. The final indicator lists for primary care trusts will be announced shortly.

The intention is to announce the 2003–04 key targets and performance indicators for all NHS organisations as soon as possible so they know for the start of the performance year in question the basis of the future rating.

Mr. Ruffley

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the income per capita of population is for primary care trusts in(a) Suffolk, (b) Norfolk, (c) Essex and (d) Cambridgeshire. [104813]

Mr. Lammy

Primary care trust revenue allocations per unweighted head of population in 2002–03 in Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire are shown in the table.

Primary care trust 2002–03 allocation per unweighted head(£)
Central Suffolk 677
Ipswich 774
Suffolk Coastal 748
Suffolk West 664
Waveney 823
Boadland 722
Great Yarmouth 822
North Norfolk 833
Norwich 800
Southern Norfolk 707
West Norfolk 779
Basildon 786
Billericay, Brentwood and Wickford 685
Castle Point and Rochford 708
Chelmsford 742
Colchester 664
Epping Forest 765
Harlow 877
Maldon and South Chelmsford 679

Primary care trust 2002–03 allocation per unweighted head(£)
Southend on Sea 835
Tendring 886
Thurrock 764
Uttlesford 661
Witham, Braintree and Halstead Care Trust 683
Cambridge City 680
East Cambridgeshire and Fenland 763
Huntingdonshire 647
North Peterborough 756
South Cambridgeshire 615
South Peterborough 690

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