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"Primary Care" Magazine

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost is of producing and distributing "Primary Care" magazine; and how many copies have been circulated. [42351]

Mr. Hutton: The cost of producing and distributing "Primary Care" magazine and its accompanying website is approximately £38,900 per edition, depending on advertising revenue. It is mailed to 27,000 GPs and practice managers working in primary care and distributed to 1,000 Department of Health managers 10 times a year. A further 1,000 are printed for potential advertisers, requested copies and storage. This is a cost of approximately 1.3 pence per copy.

Hospital Food

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what criteria he uses to judge the success of the Better Hospital Food programme being implemented in NHS hospitals. [42264]

Ms Blears: The Better Hospital Food programme was announced in the NHS Plan and is a long-term initiative designed to improve the quality, availability of and access to food in hospitals. The programme is supported by an additional £38.5 million over four years.

There are two key areas through which success will be judged—patient satisfaction and nutritional outcomes.

The NHS Plan required NHS trusts to secure year-on-year increases in patient satisfaction levels with the standard of food. From this year the National Patient Survey includes questions related to the food served in hospital, and in addition hospitals undertake regular surveys of patients on this issue. Through the Better Hospital Food programme a Patient Catering Survey has been designed to test the quality of the services on offer against criteria designed in consultation with patients which addresses those issues which patients have said are important. This will be available for all hospitals to use shortly.

There are clear links between good nutrition and good health. Through an ad hoc working group which includes nutritional experts, representatives of the British Dietetic Association, NHS dietitians and nurses, principles for nutritional screening are being devised which will facilitate the measurement of both under and over- nutrition on entry to hospital. This will allow early intervention of clinical and dietetic staff to address problems which, unchecked, may lead to prolonged ill health. In addition research will be undertaken to establish the clinical outcomes of improved nutrition and to provide a tool to ensure that the nutritional aims of the Better Hospital Food programme are taking effect.

Assaults on Staff

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to announce the figures for recorded violent incidents against NHS staff for 2000–01. [42199]

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Mr. Hutton: Figures for reported incidents of violence against national health service staff in 2000–01 are currently being analysed by the Department. The figures will be published as soon as the Department is satisfied the figures are sufficiently robust and reflect NHS trust mergers and other organisational changes in NHS.

NHS Leadership Centre

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the answer given to the hon. Member for East Worthing and Shoreham on 8 January 2002, Official Report, column 676W, on the NHS Leadership Centre, when he expects the appointment to be made on a permanent basis. [42387]

Mr. Hutton: The post is still being held on a temporary basis. This arrangement will be kept in place for the time being in order to provide a period of stability for the Leadership Centre. It remains our intention to fill the post on a permanent basis, following open competition, later in the year.

MRSA Superbug

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the answer given to the hon. Member for East Worthing and Shoreham on 26 February 2002, Official Report, column 1087W, to how many in-patient deaths the MRSA superbug has been a contributory factor. [42309]

Ms Blears: I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave him on 26 February 2002, Official Report, column 1087W.

Mid Sussex NHS Trust

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he anticipates spinal cord stimulation treatment will be available in the Mid Sussex NHS Trust. [42211]

Ms Blears: Mid Sussex national health service trust has no immediate plans to provide this treatment. The treatment is, however, available though the trust at St. Thomas's Hospital in London.


Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many qualified radiographers (a) joined and (b) left the NHS in each of the last five years. [42288]

Mr. Hutton: Information regarding the number of radiographers joining and leaving the national health service is not collected centrally.

The number of qualified radiographers increased by 940 (eight per cent.) between 1997 and 2001 (11,770 in 1997 to 12,710 in 2001).

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many qualified NHS radiographers per head of population there are in each health authority area. [42289]

Mr. Hutton: The information requested is shown in the table.

NHS hospital and community health services (HCHS): qualified radiographers working in the scientific, therapeutic and technical area of work by health authority area in England as at 30 September 2001

whole-time equivalentsWhole-time equivalents radiographers per 100,000 populationheadcountHeadcount radiographers per 100,000 population
Northern and Yorkshire1,510241,82029
County Durham and Darlington80139015
East Riding and Hull1101913023
Gateshead and South Tyneside70198023
Newcastle and North Tyneside1703619041
North Cumbria60188025
North Yorkshire1401817022
Calderdale and Kirklees1101914023
North Derbyshire40116015
Southern Derbyshire1102014024
North Nottinghamshire40105013
South Humber30103011
West Midlands1,020191,26024
North Staffordshire1102314029
South Staffordshire801310016
South Lancashire207208
Morecambe Bay702310030
St. Helen's and Knowsley60198023
Salford and Trafford70158017
West Pennine80179019
Bury and Rochdale60146016
North Cheshire702211035
South Cheshire1101614021
East Lancashire1002012023
North-west Lancashire1703620043
Wigan and Bolton1202215026
North Essex1401617018
South Essex1101513018
Kensington, Chelsea and Wesminster2105123055
Redbridge and Waltham Forest409409
Kingston and Richmond50136016
Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham2503226035
Merton, Sutton and Wandsworth1402216025
Barking and Havering902310025
Brent and Harrow901910021
Camden and Islington2807330078
Ealing, Hammersmith and Hounslow1402015022
East London and the City1802818029
Barnet, Enfield and Haringey1101313015
Bexley, Bromley and Greenwich1101513017
East Kent1001611019
West Kent1801822022
East Surrey4095011
West Surrey1602520031
East Sussex, Brighton and Hove1501917022
West Sussex901211015
North and Mid Hampshire60118014
Southampton and South West Hampshire1402517030
Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and South-east Hampshire1201816023
South and West Devon1502418030
Cornwall and Isles of Scilly1002012023
North and East Devon901911023


1. Figures are combined totals for qualified therapeutic and diagnostic radiographers

2. Staff in post figures are round to the nearest 10

3. Radiographers per 100,000 population are rounded to the nearest whole number

4. Due to rounding totals may not equal the sum of component parts

5. The former Solihull HA population figure is included in the Birmingham HA total

6. Population figures are 1998 based population projections for England for 2001 by HA


Department of Health Non-Medical Workforce Census.

Office for National Statistics

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