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Mr. Keetch: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what provision is made for ensuring that patients are not at risk in emergency situations when members of a full emergency medical team are on call rather than on duty on site; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Lammy: The responsibility for ensuring that emergency services, including a full emergency medical team, are staffed according to the demand for emergency care, lies with individual National Health Service trusts.
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Individual trusts have policies and procedures in place to provide an appropriate emergency response for the wide spectrum of emergency care that they may need to provide from individual cases to major incidents.
Mr Keetch: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what regulations are in place to ensure that hospitals that have the facility for full emergency theatre teams have such teams on duty on site during the night; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Lammy: The responsibility for ensuring that emergency services, including the provision of emergency theatres, are staffed according to the demand for emergency care, lies with individual trusts. Normally, trusts who provide a 24 hour emergency service will have a core theatre team to cover emergency surgery and an additional complement of staff Xon-call" to supplement the core team if required. This aspect is not Xregulated" as such, but will form part of trusts' clinical governance and risk management programmes. The Commission for Health Improvement audit and inspection includes the organisation and standards of emergency care provided by trusts.
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and (b) via agencies for which the Department has responsibility to the Luton, South constituency since 1997. 
Mr. Lammy: Monies have been provided to the former Bedfordshire Health Authority and to the Luton Health Action Zone. The funds are not specifically identified to the Luton, South constituency because deployment is a matter for local determination.
In recognition of the time it takes local air ambulance charities to build their fundraising base, short-term government funding of #2.2 million has been made available across 200102 and 200203 to help the five air ambulance charities in England who have asked for temporary assistance in meeting their operational costs. The money will be shared between Yorkshire, Dorset and Somerset, North West, East Anglia and Thames Valley and Chiltern air ambulance.
In addition, in January 2002, guidance was issued to National Health Service ambulance trusts and their commissioners stating that the salary costs of the NHS clinical staff who crew that aircraft should be met from NHS funds. This equivalent to around #150,000 per aircraft each year or a total of around #2.1 million across England.
Mr. Lammy [holding answer 10 May 2002]: Over the last 18 months we have spent #100 million on modernising National Health Service dentistry. #10 million of this was for the dental care development fund and the dentistry action plan fund to support local plans to improve access. This money enables health authorities to assist dentists seeking to set up new practices and to expand and modernise existing ones. Furthermore, the #35 million Modernisation Fund provided grants for dentists to improve facilities.
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Additionally, the commitment payment scheme, introduced from April 1999, provides incentive payments to dentists, depending on how much NHS work they undertake. From April 2002, the scheme was extended to include dentists who have 5 years or more service in the NHS. Officials continue to work with the profession to see how the scheme might be strengthened in the future.
Dr. Evan Harris: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many personal dental services posts were (a) established and (b) filled, broken down by health authority, in each year since 1998. 
Mr. Lammy: The available information is for the number of dentists working in the personal dental service (PDS). This is shown in the table by health authority at 31 March for each year from 1999 to 2002.
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|Barnet, Enfield & Haringey||0||0||0||4|
|Bexley, Bromley & Greenwich||0||3||7||7|
|Bury & Rochdale||0||0||2||5|
|Camden & Islington||0||0||0||1|
|Cornwall & Isles of Scilly||19||23||30||42|
|County Durham & Darlington||0||4||5||7|
|Ealing, Hammersmith & Hounslow||17||16||13||13|
|East London & The City||1||1||1||1|
|East Riding & Hull||0||0||3||10|
|East Sussex, Brighton & Hove||0||0||0||2|
|Isle of Wight, Portsmouth & SE Hampshire||0||5||8||12|
|Lambeth, Southwark & Lewisham||28||35||35||26|
|Newcastle & North Tyneside||0||0||0||6|
|North & East Devon||0||0||0||11|
|North West Lancashire||0||0||1||1|
|Salford & Trafford||0||1||1||5|
|South & West Devon||0||0||0||19|
|Southampton & South West Hampshire||0||18||21||21|
|St Helens & Knowsley||0||7||13||27|
1. Number at 31 March each year.
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Mr. Lammy: The figure for this is not available. Dentists working in dental access centres and other personal dental services pilots are salaried employees of primary care trusts and National Health Service trusts. Their income is not drawn from fees.
Dr. Evan Harris: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the mean number of decayed, missing and filled primary teeth was for children aged five, broken down by health authority, in every year since 1996; and what percentage of children aged five had no experience of tooth decay, broken down by health authority, in each year since 1996. 
Mr. Lammy: The British Association for the Study of Community Dentistry (BASCD) carries out a survey every second year to monitor the dental caries experience of five year-old children. The latest results are for 199900.
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