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NHS Staff (Worcestershire)

Mr. Michael J. Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list for each year from 1992 to date the number of (a) nurses, (b) doctors and (c) consultants, employed by NHS trusts in Worcestershire; and if he will make a statement. [112809]

Mr. Denham: The table illustrates that the number of nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff, together with hospital medical staff employed in Worcestershire, has increased during the period 1992 to 1998. While the figures are not directly comparable due to hospital reconfigurations throughout the period, the figures for 1997 and 1998 clearly demonstrate the Government's commitment to continue to increase the number of doctors and nurses working in the National Health Service.

NHS Hospital and Community Health Services: Nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff and hospital medical staff, employed within North Worcestershire HA and Worcester and District HA (10)(11) as at 30 September each year

Nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff (12)(13)Hospital medical doctors (14)
Whole time equivalentsNumbers (headcount)Numbers (headcount)Of which medical Consultants

(10) Staff from the health authorities and other trusts within both HAs are included in these figures.

(11) In 1993, 1994 and 1995 there was also North Worcestershire HA in the Worcestershire Region.

(12) 1992 figures exclude agency staff and include learners.

(13) 1993 to 1998 figures exclude agency staff and learners.

(14) Before 1996, some hospital medical staff were employed directly by West Midlands Regional Authority, and so are not included in these figures.

(15) Five or less and greater than zero.


A new classification of the non-medical workforce was introduced in 1995.

Information based on this classification is not directly comparable with earlier years.

Figures are rounded to the nearest 10:--zero.


Department of Health Non-Medical Workforce Census.

Department of Health Medical and Dental Workforce Census.

Health Visitors (London)

Mr. Gardiner: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the reasons for the disparity in the allocation of whole-time equivalent health visitors employed by Parkside Community Health Trust between the health authority in Brent and Harrow and the Chelsea and Westminster Health Authority. [112811]

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Mr. Denham: Decisions about the level of investment in health visiting services are made by health authorities, in discussion with Primary Care Groups and/or Primary Care Trusts and National Health Service trusts, and take account of the identified health needs of the local population. It would, therefore, be misleading to compare the service provided by Parkside Community Health Trust to these two health authorities on the basis of whole time equivalents only. The three Primary Care Groups in Brent are currently developing integrated nursing strategies which will take a broader view of population need and review the current deployment of all nursing and therapy provision, including health visiting.

Lynton Cottage Hospital

Mr. Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the suitability of Lynton Cottage Hospital, North Devon, for the provision of the new intermediate care he has announced. [112945]

Mr. Denham: It is the responsibility of local health authorities, National Health Service trusts, and Primary Care Groups to devise local plans to meet the intermediate care needs of the people of North Devon is a matter for the North and East Devon Health Authority, North Devon PCG and Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust to assess.

NHS Direct

Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many callers to NHS Direct in November 1999, December 1999, January 2000 and February 2000 were advised (a) to visit an accident and emergency unit, (b) to contact a general practitioner and (c) to call on the emergency services. [112734]

Ms Stuart [holding answer 2 March 2000]: Between November and January, on average 36 per cent. of callers were directed to self-care. During this period, NHS Direct helped to take pressure from other busy NHS services, and directed people to the most appropriate level of care.

The table shows the number of callers from NHS Direct who were advised (i) to visit and accident and emergency unit, (ii) to contact a general practitioner, (iii) to call on the emergency services during November, December and January. The information for February is not available.

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MonthTotal callers999 emergency servicesAccident and emergencyGeneral practitioner

(16) December data do not include information from South West London or East Midlands

Health Authorities

Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list in rank order the allocations per head of population to each health authority in England in each year for (a) 1996-97, (b) 1997-98, (c) 1998-99 and (d) 1999-2000. [113313]

Mr. Denham: [holding answer 6 March 2000]: The information requested has been placed in the Library.

Allocations for 1999-2000 are not comparable with those for 1996-97 to 1998-99 which cover hospital and community health services (HCHS) only. 1999-2000 was the first year of unified allocations which cover HCHS, prescribing and discretionary general medical services.

1999-2000 allocations include increases for targeted funding for health authorities with health action zones.

Committee on Safety of Medicines

Mr. Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the members of the Committee on Safety of Medicines who have, in each year from 1987 to date, declared outside interests in (a) SmithKline Beecham, (b) SmithKline and French laboratories, (c) Merck Sharpe and Dohme, (d) Pasteur Merieux and (e) the Wellcome Foundation. [112835]

Ms Stuart: This information is published annually in the "Medicines Act 1968 Advisory Bodies--Annual Reports" copies of which, dating back to 1987, are available in the Library, The reports include lists of interests in the pharmaceutical industry declared by each committee member. The 1999 report, which is due to be published in July this year, will include the entries in the table relating to members of the Committee on Safety of Medicines (CSM) (this information is correct as at 6 March 2000). In addition, Professor J. H. Scarffe is Head of Programmes (Career Development) at the Wellcome Trust.

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CMS memberName of companyNature of interest
Professor J. ChipmanSmithKline BeechamNon-personal--research grants
Professor J. DarbyshireSmithKline BeechamNon-personal--support for clinical trials
Professor H. DargieSmithKline BeechamPersonal--consultancy and non-personal--clinical trial
Dr. M. DonaghySmithKline BeechamPersonal--shareholder
Dr. B. EvansSmithKline BeechamPersonal--fees and shares
Professor E. Gordon-SmithPasteur-MerieuxNon-personal--research grants
Professor M. LangmanMerck Sharpe and DohmeNon-personal--support/research collaborations
Dr. A. MacGowanSmithKline BeechamPersonal--consultancy and non-personal--fellowship
Professor B. ParkSmithKline BeechamNon-personal--lectureship
Professor J. F. SmythSmithKline BeechamPersonal--occasional meetings and non-personal--clinical trials support
Professor I. WellerSmithKline Beecham Non-personal--trials and study
Professor K. WoodhouseSmithKline BeechamNon-personal--clinical research trials
Merck Sharpe and DohmeNon-personal--clinical research trials

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Hospital Complaints (London)

Mr. McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many formal complaints were made by (a) patients and (b) their families against each of the London hospitals for the years (i) 1996, (ii) 1997, (iii) 1998 and (iv) 1999. [112683]

Ms Stuart: Figures on National Health Service complaints are not collected in the format requested. Data are collected for written complaints and by financial year. These figures are published annually in a statistical report, "Handling complaints: monitoring the NHS complaints procedures--England" and copies of the reports for 1996-97 and 1997-98 have been placed in the statistical section of the Library.

Data for these years was collected for NHS trusts and health authorities on the basis of the old NHS Executive Regional Office boundaries for North and South Thames. Figures for 1998-99 will be published later this month and will be based on the NHS Executive London Regional Office boundaries.

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