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Dr. Evan Harris: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information his Department collates on how many applications for pre-registration nursing courses are rejected on the ground that the supply of places cannot keep up with demand; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Hutton: The Department does not collect or collate information on the number of applications to nursing programmes that are rejected. Applications for entry to nurse education are processed by the nursing and midwifery admissions service who operate a clearing system for those individuals who are not immediately placed with a university. The number of undergraduate pre-registration training places available each year are determined through work force planning processes led locally by work force development confederations.
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Mr. Steen: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will list abattoirs in the South West and South East of England which will slaughter animals over the age of 30 months but less than 42 months under the Government's Beef Assurance Scheme; and if he will make a statement on the Government's support of organic farming; 
Ms Blears [holding answers 5 November 2002]: I am advised by the Food Standards Agency that licensed abattoirs are free to slaughter animals reared under the beef assurance scheme, but only a number choose to do so. There is no legislation to prevent abattoirs from slaughtering such cattle, but there are controls in place relating to the removal of vertebral column from animals over 30 months of age.
Ms Blears: Community Health Councils (CHCs) will be abolished once the new arrangements for patient and public involvement are functioning. There is no abolition date for CHCs as yet, but we will make an announcement as soon as a date is set.
Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 23 October to the hon. Member for East Worthing and Shoreham, column 400W, whether NHS patients will have a choice of all the listed hospitals for their heart operations. 
If a patient would prefer to go to a local hospital that is not included in these options for the treatment their patient care advisor will have up to date information on all the hospitals in this country or elsewhere in Europe that are suitable for the patient and should seek to arrange their treatment according to their wishes.
The choices will depend on the nature of the patient's illness. For some patients who are very ill or who have other illnesses as well, it may be that some of the options on offer do not have the facilities or expertise needed to treat them.
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Under Section 1(3) of the Abortion Act 1967, as amended, NHS hospitals do not need the Secretary of State for Health's approval to perform abortion, at any gestation. However, a pregnancy may only be terminated if two registered medical practitioners are of the opinion, formed in good faith that an abortion is justified within the terms of the Act, in the light of their clinical judgement of all the particular circumstances of the individual case.
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The numbers of general practitioners (GPs) and trainee GPs continue to grow, with GP registrar numbers at their highest ever level. In March 2002 there were 1,910 GP registrars. These are the GPs of the future.
|DHSC||Strategic Health Authority||All Practitioners Excl GP Retainers||Of Which NHS Plan||UPEs||All Practitioners Excl GP Retainers||Of Which NHS Plan||UPEs||All Practitioners Excl GP Retainers||Of Which NHS Plan||UPEs||All Practitioners Excl GP Retainers||Of Which NHS Plan||UPEs||All Practitioners Excl GP Retainers||Of Which NHS Plan||UPEs||All Practitioners Excl GP Retainers||Of Which NHS Plan||UPEs|
|North||Cheshire & Merseyside||1,421||1,338||1,316||1,413||1,337||1,316||1,458||1,381||1,318||1,458||1,366||1,334||1,481||1,375||1,328||1,485||1,385||1330|
|County Durham & Tees Valley||648||621||614||650||620||614||656||626||621||661||634||617||696||662||627||685||658||640|
|Cumbria & Lancashire||1,134||1,066||1,070||1,147||1,109||1,081||1,158||1,106||1,083||1,152||1,105||1,079||1,174||1,118||1,087||1,194||1,120||1091|
|North & East Yorkshire & Northern Lincolnshire||999||944||921||991||944||925||1,011||950||926||1,021||948||932||1,039||970||941||1,082||902||953|
|Northumberland Tyne & Wear||836||811||789||856||806||785||864||820||794||875||819||802||907||852||830||928||861||832|
|Midlands & Eastern||Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire||915||883||870||944||902||883||948||903||886||955||903||887||985||907||888||985||904||888|
|Birmingham & the Black Country||1,327||1,293||1,261||1,343||1,301||1,265||1,357||1,313||1,263||1,380||1,317||1,273||1,391||1,315||1,267||1,411||1,322||1255|
|Coventry, Warwickshire Herefordshire & Worcestershire||907||859||832||901||867||840||906||873||844||924||870||847||941||894||857||971||891||861|
|Lancastershire, Northamptonshire & Rutland||908||843||826||902||843||830||896||829||811||877||823||806||894||833||821||895||827||817|
|Norfolk, Sulfolk & Cambridgeshire||1,316||1,263||1,226||1,335||1,276||1,238||1,348||1,283||1,244||1,371||1,293||1,265||1,388||1,302||1,259||1,397||1,323||1288|
|Shropshire & Staffordshire||782||762||747||813||778||765||830||799||786||838||795||775||825||765||768||827||785||773|
|London||North Central London||788||744||671||802||750||687||786||747||880||819||789||694||804||751||682||809||755||864|
|North East London||888||849||768||896||848||800||894||848||802||925||874||809||899||855||794||913||849||798|
|North West London||1,209||1,164||970||1,188||1,128||969||1,134||1,091||972||1,125||1,081||958||1,150||1,093||976||1,121||1,070||967|
|South East London||868||833||774||962||830||794||901||866||807||886||855||807||904||875||817||894||867||828|
|South West London||779||734||666||767||717||681||781||725||686||793||728||685||788||727||681||812||744||683|
|South||Avon, Gloucestershire & Wiltshire||1,325||1,262||1,235||1,374||1,298||1,280||1,404||1,312||1,282||1,424||1,324||1,296||1,442||1,333||1,312||1,447||1,352||1322|
|Hampshire & Isle of Wight||1,080||1,011||998||1,070||1,020||1,005||1,089||1,027||1,012||1,099||1,034||1,021||1,122||1,034||1,024||1,130||1,035||1024|
|Kent & Medway||904||870||548||916||873||842||918||675||853||901||866||847||915||864||648||812||868||848|
|Dorset & Somerset||794||748||731||820||762||747||843||774||757||845||786||767||867||792||771||869||794||770|
|South West Peninsula||1,066||1,004||993||1,063||1,011||1,001||1,060||1,010||1,002||1,093||1,019||1,008||1,121||1,034||1,023||1,112||1,036||1028|
|Surrey & Sussex||1,486||1,412||1,367||1,518||1,432||1,383||1,522||1,431||1,385||1,531||1,442||1,400||1,571||1,455||1,408||1,588||1,470||1414|
(4) All General Medical Practitioners (excluding GP Retainers) include GMS Unrestricted Principal. PMS Contracted GPs. Restricted Principles. Assistants. GP Registers. Salaried Doctors (para 52 SFA) and PMS Other
(5) NHS Plan GPs include GMS Unrestricted Principles. PMS Contracted GPs. PMS Salaried GPs. Restricted Principle, Assistants. Salaried Doctors (Para 52 SFA) and PMS Others
(6) UPEs include GMS Unrestricted Principles PMS Contracted GPs and PMS Selected GPs
Date has been converted to match boundaries as at April 2002
Department of Health General and Personal Medical Services Statistics
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Mr. Hutton: These figures are on a headcount basis rather than whole time equivalent (wte) and take no account of part-time working. Dentists working in more than one dental service are included in each service.
|Health Authority||Salaried service of General Dental Service||Personal Dental Service||Community Dental Service(7)||Hospital Dental Service(7)||Total(7)|
|Camden and Islington||1||1||20||110||130|
(7) Figures are rounded to the nearest ten.
The table below shows data for salaried general practitioners which as been taken from the latest mini census (31 March 2002).
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|England||London RO||Camden & Islington HA|
|Total of which Salaried||Total of which Salaried||Total of which Salaried|
|Unrestricted Principals and Equivalents (UPEs)(8)||27,956||489(9)||3,970||84(9)||224||5(9)|
|Salaried Doctors (Para 52 SFA)||100||100||35||35||6||6|
(8) Unrestricted Principals and Equivalents (UPEs) includes GMS Unrestricted Principals, PMS Contracted GPs and PMS Salaried GPs.
(9) Salaried UPEs data are to be treated with caution Salaried PMS Principals data were not submitted by the majority of Health Authorities. This is likely to be an underestimate.
General and Personal Medical Services Statistics
Jeremy Corbyn: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his Department's estimate is of the average number of patients allocated to each general practitioner in the Camden and Islington area. 
|UPEs||Average List Size|
|Camden & Islington HA||225||2,039|
(10) UPEs include GMS Unrestricted Principals, PMS Contracted GPs and PMS Salaried GPs.
General and Personal Medical Services Statistics
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