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Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will state in respect of (a) Buckinghamshire health authority, (b) Oxfordshire health authority and (c) Berkshire health authority, (i) their allocations from his Department for 200203 and (ii) the amount by which these allocations differ from their national level if they were funded in accordance with his Department's weighted-capitation funding formula. 
|Health authority||200203 allocation||200203 distances from targets|
Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will make it his policy to collect statistics for the number of patients in each health authority area with chronic pulmonary illnesses; 
Jacqui Smith: Information on the incidence of individual conditions is not routinely collected centrally. We consider that it would not be cost effective to do this, due to the many conditions involved and the large
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investment in manpower and other resources that would be required to collect, maintain and update this type of statistical information.
In 1999, however, the Department commissioned the Wessex Institute for Health Research and Development to produce a report on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The report estimated that, in a typical health authority of 500,000 people, around 3,000 in the 45 plus age group would have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the number of delayed discharges at hospitals in Gloucestershire; and if he will make a statement. 
Ms Blears [holding answer 22 January 2002]: The Gloucestershire Health Community has been working closely with Gloucestershire county council social services and the independent sector in order to reduce the number of patients who although fit to be discharged from hospital are still occupying an acute bed. Since July local information shows the average number of patients waiting for discharge has declined from 109 to 47 on 20 January.
Ms Blears [holding answer 22 January 2002]: The structural reforms proposed for the national health service will mean that as from April 2002, primary care trusts will be responsible for securing services, improving health and integrating health and social care in their areas. PCTs are local organisations led by clinicians and local people. They will work with partners from the local community to ensure that the local health service is responsive to local needs and best represents the needs of patients. By 2004, PCTs will receive 75 per cent. of the NHS budget to help them achieve their new agenda. All three PCTs in Gloucestershire will be located within the newly created Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire health authority, an organisation which will help to develop and performance manage the health service within its borders.
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|Home/domiciliary care/help organizers||58|
|Assistant and trainee home care/help organizers||16|
|Home care staff/home helps||561|
Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of shortages of (a) doctors, (b) nurses and (c) scientific staff in the NHS in Gloucestershire; and if he will make a statement. 
Ms Blears [holding answer 22 January 2002]: Information on the number of vacancies at national health service trusts within Gloucestershire health authority in March 2001 that had been unfilled for more than three months are given in the table.
|Medical and dental staff||0|
|Other doctor and dentists (excluding training grades)||0|
|Qualified nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff||50|
|Qualified Allied Health Professionals||10|
(36) Three month vacancies are vacancies as at 31 March 2001 which trusts are actively trying to fill, which had lasted for three months or more (whole-time equivalents).
1. Numbers are rounded to the nearest 10.
2. Qualified Allied Health Professionals includes qualified staff from the following occupational groups: chiropody, dietetics, occupational therapy, orthoptics/optics, physiotherapy, diagnostic and therapeutic radiography.
Department of Health Vacancies Survey 2001
Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) nursing home and (b) residential care home places there were (i) in May 1997 and (ii) at the latest date for which figures are available, in Gloucestershire; and if he will make a statement. 
Ms Blears [holding answer 22 January 2002]: The table shows the number of registered nursing beds in nursing homes, private hospitals and clinics and the number of places in residential care homes in Gloucestershire in 1997 and 2001.
|Nursing care(37),(38)||Residential care||Total care beds|
(37) Excludes places in childrens' homes
(38) Registered beds in general and mental nursing homes, private hospitals and clinics.
Department of Health Annual Statistical returns
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Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) nurses and (b) doctors were employed in the NHS in Gloucestershire (i) in May 1997 and (ii) at the latest date for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. 
Ms Blears [holding answer 22 January 2002]: The numbers of doctors and nurses employed in the national health service in Gloucestershire are shown in the table and show a 13.8 per cent. rise in the number of doctors and 2 per cent. rise in the number of nurses employed in the NHS in Gloucestershire between September 1997 and September 2000.
|Practitioners (excluding GP retainers)||360||380|
|All nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff||5,420||5,530|
(40) Figures exclude medical hospital practitioners and medical clinical assistants, most of whom are also GPs working part time in hospitals.
(41) All practitioners (excluding GP retainers) include UPEs, restricted principals, assistants, GP registrars, salaried doctors (para. 52 SFA) and PMS others. GP retainers were collected for the first time in 1999, in 2000 there were 1,117 in England, 224 in South West RO and 44 in Gloucestershire HA.
1. Due to the new regional office boundaries in 1999 the 1997 figures are an estimated regional split.
2. Figures exclude learners and agency staff.
3. Due to rounding totals may not equal the sum of component parts.
4. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.
Department of Health Medical and Dental Workforce Census.
Department of Health General and Personal Medical Services Statistics.
Department of Health Non-Medical Workforce Census.
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