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Bed Blocking

Mr. Wilshire: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many beds have been blocked in Surrey hospitals in each month in 2002. [67467]

Ms Blears [holding answer 5 July 2002]: Information on delayed discharges is collected at health authority level and has been placed in the Library. The most recent figures available are for quarter 4 of 2001–02.

National Health Service Act

Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he intends to use powers under section 97(6) of the National Health Service Act 1977 to ring-fence funds for the implementation of NICE guidance; and if he will make a statement as to his policy on the use of section 97(6). [67966]

Mr. Lammy [holding answer 8 July 2002]: We have no plans to ring fence funds for the implementation of guidance from the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE). National health service organisations are expected to meet the cost of implementing NICE guidance from their general allocations.

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Anti-psychotic Drugs

Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he intends to restrict the use of typical anti-psychotic drugs to a named patient basis. [67967]

Mr. Lammy [holding answer 8 July 2002]: There are no plans to restrict the use of the traditional or typical anti-psychotic drugs to a named patient basis. The recently published guidance from the national institute for clinical excellence stated that oral atypical anti-psychotic drugs should be considered in the choice of first-line treatments for individuals with newly diagnosed schizophrenia and where there are unacceptable side effects with the typical anti-psychotics in people with a more long-established schizophrenic illness.

Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received concerning the implementation of the NICE guidance on atypical anti- psychotic drugs. [67965]

Mr. Lammy [holding answer 8 July 2002]: The Secretary of State has not received representations concerning the implementation of the National Institute for Clinical Excellence's guidance on atypical anti- psychotic drugs. The national health service has, since 1 January 2002, been required to provide appropriate funding for recommended treatments within three months of the publication of technology appraisal guidance.

Child Welfare

Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many whole-time equivalent national health service (a) consultant child and adolescent psychiatrists, (b) clinical psychologists working with children and (c) psychotherapists working with children there are. [67970]

Mr. Hutton [holding answer 8 July 2002]: The Department's non-medical work force census does not break down the area of work for clinical psychologists and psychotherapists. The information shown in the table for these two professions covers all staff, regardless of whether they work with children.

NHS hospital and community health services (HCHS): consultants working in the child and adolescent psychiatry specialty and qualified scientific, therapeutic and technical staff employed within the clinical psychology and psychotherapy areas of work as at 30 September 2001

Whole time equivalents
Child and adolescent psychiatry consultants420
Clinical psychologists4,400
Psychotherapists470

Notes:

Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.

Source:

Department of Health Non-Medical Work Force Census

Department of Health Medical and Dental Work Force Census


Health Professions Council

Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made as regards grandparent rights for non state-registered chiropodists; and if he

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will make a statement on progress in the negotiations taking place under the auspices of the Health Professions Council. [67978]

Mr. Hutton [holding answer 8 July 2002]: There is a continuing dialogue, facilitated by the Department, between the health professions council (HPC), those bodies representing the currently unregulated chiropody sector and those representing the regulated sector. The arrangements for grandparenting (the assimilation of unregulated practitioners to regulated status) will not be finalised until after the HPC have completed and analysed the results of their public consultation. This is likely to be April 2003.

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Stalybridge and Hyde

James Purnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what impact his Department's policies have had on the Stalybridge and Hyde constituency since 1997. [54335]

Jacqui Smith [holding answer 7 May 2002]: Detailed information on the impact of the Department's policies nationally is set out in the Department's annual reports. A copy of the most recent report 'Department of Health—Government Expenditure Plans 2001–02' is available in the Library and on the Department's website at www.doh.gov.uk/dhreport

The impact of policies are not examined by constituency.