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HEALTH

NHS Funding

Ms Jowell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what were the outturn figures for each district health authority in respect of revenue and capital expenditure for each year since 1992; and what were the revenue and capital allocations. [1125]

Mr. Horam: Under the National Health Service Act 1977, health authorities are required to keep only total attributable expenditure within the sums allotted by my hon. Friend the Secretary of State. Health authorities may spend more on revenue or capital provided providing this is contained within the overall cash limit. That may give rise to anomalies when revenue and capital are considered separately. Additional columns have therefore been provided in a table on the comparison of spending with cash limits, to record the overall position on cash limits. Copies of this table have been placed in the Library.

Dentists

Mrs. Wise: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists are now contracted for national health service work; and how many of them handle only children and exempt categories for national health service work. [1361]

Mr. Malone: The information is contained in the following table:

General dental service: number of dentists(7) (9) (10) who have received payment for national health service treatment from May 1996 to October 1996, and the number (9) (10) receiving no payment for treatment involving a patient charge
England

Number of dentists(7) who received payment May-October 1996Number of dentists (8) (9) (10), who received no payment for treatment attracting a patient charge
May 1996- October 199615,738658

(7) This is the number of dentists who received a payment schedule in respect of an adult or child patient in the last six months rather than the number who have carried out NHS treatment during this time.

(8) There are a small number of treatments which do not attract a patient charge even for charge payers.

(9) The above figures exclude dentists whose payment schedule was either nil or negative.

(10) The number of dentists in this column includes orthodontists whose practices focus solely on children.

Salaried dentists are excluded.


Nottingham District Health Authority

Mr. Allen: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of Sheffield Centre for Health and Related Research's report on the funding of health districts; and if he will make a statement on its conclusion regarding Nottingham district health authority. [1421]

Mr. Horam: The report provides no major new insights into the funding of Nottingham health authority.

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Car Leasing Costs

Mr. Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the NHS spent on leasing cars for use by NHS managers in the latest year for which figures are available. [2579]

Mr. Malone: This information is not collected centrally.

Private Medical Insurance

Mr. Redmond: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will collate information on how many persons are covered by private medical insurance; and if he will make a statement. [2740]

Mr. Horam: The Association of British Insurers already collates this information.

Mentally Disordered Offenders

Mr. Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many mentally disordered offenders are currently receiving treatment in each health authority area; how many are estimated to have received treatment in each health authority area in each year since 1991; of these, how many have received or are receiving care in (a) private and (b) NHS facilities; and at what cost in each health authority area. [2659]

Mr. Burns: Information available centrally relates to admissions of mentally disordered offenders. National data are published in the Statistical Bulletin "In-patients formally detained in hospitals under the Mental Health Act 1983 and other legislation, England: 1989-90 and 1994-95", copies of which are available in the Library; data will be published shortly giving information at trust level for 1994-95. Reliable information on numbers of mentally disordered offenders in hospital at any given time is not available centrally. Information about the costs in each health authority is not held centrally.

Agency and Bank Nurses

Mr. Chris Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is the total number of (a) agency and (b) bank nurses currently employed by NHS trusts; and what is the average weekly cost of one of each to a trust. [2661]

Mr. Horam: There were 5,560 whole-time equivalent agency nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff employed in national health service trusts and 14,730 whole-time equivalent bank nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff employed by NHS trusts at September 1995--the latest date for which figures are available. The average weekly cost of an agency nurse and bank nurse to an NHS trust is not available centrally.

Adoption

Mr. Redmond: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to amend the law in respect of contact between adults after adoption to enable the birth parent to have information identifying the adoptee once the adoptee is aged over 25 years; and if he will make a statement. [2720]

Mr. Burns: The Adoption Act 1976 as amended by the Children Act 1989 introduced the Adoption Contact Register. The Adoption Contact Register, which is

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operated by the Registrar General, enables adopted people, their birth parents and other relatives to be put in touch with each other when that is the wish of the parties concerned. The register is open to people who are at least 18 years of age. Proposals contained in the draft Adoption Bill make no changes to these arrangements.

Day Care (Yorkshire)

Mr. Redmond: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what provision he has made in (a) Doncaster and (b) South Yorkshire to support school leavers with physical disabilities with day care facilities. [2678]

Mr. Burns: The latest figures available, from September 1995, show that, in South Yorkshire, 1,430 day centre places were available for those aged 16 to 64 with physical and/or sensory impairments. In Doncaster, 197 day centre places were available to the same client group.

Hepatitis C

Ms Walley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many haemophiliacs have been infected with hepatitis C. [2761]

Mr. Horam: The figure of just over 3,000 for haemophiliacs infected with hepatitis C through blood products which has been quoted by the Haemophilia Society is substantially in line with the Department's own estimates.

Prescribed Drugs

Mr. Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) diuretics, (b) analgesics, (c) night sedations, (d) digoxins, (e) non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, (f) laxatives, (g) corticosteroids, (h) beta blockers, (i) beta agonists, (j) long-acting nitrates and (k) aminophyllines have been prescribed to people in the United Kingdom broken down by age bands of 10 years in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. [2882]

Mr. Malone: Information on the number of prescription items listed alphabetically within therapeutic class for England 1995 is available in a publication entitled "Prescription Cost Analysis, England, 1995", copies of which are available in the Library. For previous years' data, I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave the hon. Member for Southwark and Bermondsey (Mr. Hughes) on 18 June, at column 415.

Questions relating to Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are matters for my right hon. Friends the Secretaries of State for Wales and for Scotland and my right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland respectively.

Motor Neurone Disease

Mr. Richards: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress is being made in the treatment of motor neurone disease; and if he will make a statement. [2878]

Mr. Horam: A new drug called riluzole is, so far, the only treatment shown to slow the progression of one type of motor neurone disease. Other drugs to treat motor neurone disease are currently undergoing clinical

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investigation. The national health service and local social services authorities assist sufferers from motor neurone disease through symptom control and by provision of services such as speech and language therapy and domiciliary support.

Mr. Richards: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the methods of treatment of motor neurone disease in the United States of America; and if he will make a statement. [2879]

Mr. Horam: Riluzole was available in the United States of America before the marketing authorization in Europe was granted. The assessment of riluzole, to determine its availability in Europe, was undertaken by the United Kingdom licensing authority on behalf of the European Medicines Evaluation Agency.


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