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Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the results and conclusions of the consultation on Specialised Services Commissioning by PCTs and strategic health authorities will be made available. 
Mr. Hutton: Responses to the consultation on commissioning arrangements for specialised services are still coming in. I will be considering the responses and expect to reach conclusions on the way forward by the turn of the year.
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(a) with the NHS and (b) broken down by health authority; and what the figures were for each year since 1997; 
The Department collects data on the number of consultants within medical oncology, clinical oncology, histopathology, clinical radiology, haematology and palliative medicine. Collectively, these are referred to as the cancer specialties.
|Avon, Gloucestershire & Wiltshire||130||140||130||150||170||190|
|Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire||90||100||90||90||90||100|
|Birmingham & The Black Country||150||150||160||160||180||180|
|Cheshire & Merseyside||170||180||190||200||200||210|
|Country Durham & Tees Valley||60||70||70||70||70||70|
|Coventry, Warwickshire, Herefordshire & Worcestershire||90||90||100||90||100||100|
|Cumbria & Lancashire||100||110||110||110||110||100|
|Dorset & Somerset||70||70||70||80||80||80|
|Hampshire & Isle of Wight||110||120||120||130||150||160|
|Kent & Medway||80||80||80||90||90||90|
|Leicestershire, Northamptonshire & Rutland||80||80||90||90||100||100|
|Norfolk, Suffolk & Cambridgeshire||160||170||180||190||190||200|
|North and East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire||80||90||100||90||110||110|
|North Central London||150||160||170||150||170||180|
|North East London||70||70||80||80||110||120|
|North West London||210||200||190||230||230||240|
|Northumberland, Tyne & Wear||120||130||120||130||150||150|
|Shropshire & Staffordshire||70||70||70||80||80||80|
|South East London||130||140||140||140||170||170|
|South West London||70||90||100||100||110||110|
|South West Peninsula||90||80||80||100||100||110|
|Surrey & Sussex||150||150||140||150||150||160|
|National Blood authority||||20||40||40||40||40|
(1) Data for 1997 to 2001 is at 30 September, 2002 data is at 31 March.
''*'' denotes five or less than five
'''' denotes zero
Figures are rounded to the nearest 10
Department of Health medical and dental workforce census.
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The number of cancer specialists employed in the NHS is growing. As at March 2002, there were 3,860 cancer specialists (rounded to the nearest 10). This represents an increase of 22 per cent. since September 1997.
Mr. Hutton: The service increment for teaching reimburses National Health Service organisations the additional costs they incur as result of providing a clinical setting for medical and dental undergraduate students' training. #585 million was made available for this in 200203 and included additional funds to support increased numbers of medical and dental students. Between 1999 and 2001 the higher education funding council (HEFCE) allocated 57 per cent. more medical school places to higher education institutions in England. Actual training costs are met by HEFCE, which is a matter for my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Education and Skills.
Mr. Sanders: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his estimate is of the (a) number of residential care homes that have closed and (b) number of residential care home beds lost in Torbay in each of the past five years for which figures are available. 
|As at 31 March||Care homes||Care home beds|
Mr. Maude: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) private and (b) local authority care homes for the elderly have (i) opened and (ii) closed in each year since 1997 in (A) England and (B) West Sussex. 
Jacqui Smith: The information requested is not held centrally. The table below shows the number of registered and local authority residential care homes for the elderly in England and West Sussex for the years 1997 to 2001.
|At 31 March||Registered care homes(3)||Local authority care homes|
|England||West Sussex||England||West Sussex|
(2) Elderly includes all older people aged 65 or more and older mentally infirm people
(3) Registered homes includes voluntary, private and small homes.
(4) Data is rounded to the nearest 5.
Data on nursing homes does not distinguish age of client. The table below shows the total number of private general and mental nursing homes in England and West Sussex for the years 1997 to 2001. There are no local authority nursing homes.
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|At 31 March||England||West Sussex|
(5) ''..'' indicates data is not available.
(6) Nursing homes includes general and mental nursing homes.
(7) Data is rounded to the nearest 5.
|As at 31 March||Residential||Nursing||All homes|
(8) ''..'' indicates data are not available.
(9) The breakdown of the number of nursing beds for the elderly was not provided by the Health Authority for the years 1997 to 1999.
(10) Residential data refer to West Sussex County; nursing data refer to West Sussex Health Authority.
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