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Ambulance Staff

Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the turnover rate for ambulance staff is, broken down by trust area. [85769]

Mr. Hutton: Information on ambulance staff turnover is not collected centrally.

Ambulance Staff (Vacancies)

Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many vacancies there are for (a) paramedics and (b) ambulance staff, broken down by NHS trust area. [85784]

Mr. Hutton: Separate information for paramedic vacancies is not collected centrally. Information for all ambulance staff is shown in the table.

Between March 2001 and March 2002 the three month vacancy rate for ambulance staff fell from 1.4 per cent., to 0.5 per cent.

Department of Health Vacancies Survey, March 2002—ambulance staff vacancies in NHS trusts, by DHSC and NHS trust—three month vacancy rates, numbers and staff in post

Ambulance staff (excluding HA staff)
Three month vacancy rate (percentage)Three month vacancy numberStaff in post (whole-time equivalent)Staff in post (headcount)
England (excluding HA staff)0.59016,32016,920
Midlands and Eastern0.9404,8505,060
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Ambulance and Paramedic Service NHS Trust2.410470480
East Anglian Ambulance NHS Trust0.00810890
East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust0.00900910
Essex Ambulance Service NHS Trust0.00640720
Hereford and Worcester Ambulance Service NHS Trust11.830220220
Lincolnshire Ambulance and Health Transport Services NHS Trust0.00410410
Shropshire's Community and Mental Health Services NHS Trust0.00190190
Staffordshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust0.00260270
Warwickshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust0.00290290
West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust0.00670670
Guy's and St. Thomas' NHS Trust0.002020
London Ambulance Service NHS Trust0.002,2802,300
North West London Hospitals NHS Trust0.001010
Parkside Health NHS Trust(29)(29)(29)(29)
Christie Hospital NHS Trust(29)(29)(29)(29)
Cumbria Ambulance Service NHS Trust0.00230260
Greater Manchester Ambulance Service NHS Trust0.00730740
Lancashire Ambulance Service NHS Trust0.20580620
Mersey Regional Ambulance Service NHS Trust0.00560560
North East Ambulance Service NHS Trust2.520580590
North Manchester Healthcare NHS Trust(29)(29)(29)(29)
North Tyneside PCT(29)(29)(29)(29)
South Manchester PCT(29)(29)(29)(29)
South Yorkshire Metropolitan Ambulance and Paramedic Service NHS Trust 0.00420450
Tees, East and North Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust0.00580590
West Yorkshire Metropolitan Ambulance Service NHS Trust0.008701,010
Avon Ambulance Service NHS Trust0.00320340
Cornwall Healthcare NHS Trust(29)(29)(29)(29)
Dorset Ambulance Service NHS Trust0.00230230
Gloucestershire Ambulance Service NHS Trust2.910210210
Hampshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust2.810390400
Isle of Wight Healthcare NHS Trust0.006060
Kent Ambulance NHS Trust0.810610650
Oxfordshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust0.00130140
Royal Berkshire Ambulance NHS Trust(30)(30)280290
South Devon Health Care NHS Trust(29)(29)(29)(29)
Surrey and Hampshire Borders NHS Trust(29)(29)(29)(29)
Surrey Ambulance Service NHS Trust0.00340350
Sussex Ambulance Service NHS Trust0.00670680
Two Shires Ambulance Service NHS Trust0.00340340
West Country Ambulance Service NSH Trust0.40820820
Wiltshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust0.00200210

(29) Figures where sum of staff in post and vacancies is less than 10.

(30) Did not receive a return

Key notes:

1. Three month vacancy information is at 31 March 2002.

2. Three month vacancies are vacancies which trusts are actively trying to fill, which had lasted for three months or more (whole time equivalents).

3. Three month vacancy rates are three month vacancies expressed as a percentage of three month vacancies plus staff in post.

4. Three month vacancy rates are calculated using staff in post from the Vacancy Survey, March 2002.

5. Staff in post data are from the Non-Medical Workforce Census, September 2001.

6. Staff in post data exclude staff employed by health authorities, as vacancy information was only collected from trusts, PCTs and special health authorities.

7. Vacancy and staff in post numbers are rounded to the nearest 10.

8. Percentages are rounded to one decimal place.

Other notes:

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

10. Due to rounding, calculating the vacancy rates using the above data may not equal the actual vacancy rates.

11. Figures may not match previously published data due to a different method of rounding used on the staff in post data.

12. Only those NHS trusts employing ambulance staff are listed.


Vacancy numbers and rates: Department of Health Vacancies Survey March 2002

Non-medical staff in post: Department of Health Non-Medical Workforce census September 2001

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Broadband Connectivity

Mr. Todd: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to provide pharmacies with broadband connectivity; and if he will make a statement. [83902]

Mr. Lammy: There are no specific plans to provide broadband connectivity to pharmacies. Hospital pharmacies will have access to the broadband networking arrangements for hospitals being put in place as part of the national health service modernisation programme. Community pharmacists are of course part of the NHS Xfamily", but apart from those participating in the electronic transfer of prescriptions pilots do not make use of the national NHS network.

The broadband networking plans set out in the Government's X21st century IT" strategy document focus on the needs of NHS trusts and general practitioner practices. As stated in the strategy document, it is anticipated that the trials will continue to grow and involve a sizeable number of GPs and pharmacists with a natural migration into rollout. This project will create greater connectivity to NHSnet for pharmacists allowing the access to the benefits that this service provides. We will review the need for broadband access to pharmacies as the strategy develops.

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Child Dental Health

Mr. Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of children with tooth cavities in (a) Lancashire and (b) the north-west of England; in each of the previous five years. [85330]

Mr. Lammy: The British association for the study of community dentistry (BASCD) carries out surveys to monitor the dental caries experience of five, 21 and 14-year-old children. The survey of five-year-olds is carried out every second year and the surveys of 12 and 14-year-olds are carried out every four years.

The number of children with tooth cavities for five, 12 and 14-year-old children by health authority in Lancashire is shown in table 1 for the years 1995–96 to 2000–01 and for the north-west region in table 2. The percentages of children with dental caries are taken from the BASCD survey results and the number of children with caries are estimated by applying these percentages to estimates of the total population of these children.

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Table 1: Number and percentage of children with tooth cavities in Lancashire 1995–96 to 2000–01—Lancashire health authorities

Five-years-old 12-years-old14-years-old
Health authority areaNumberPercentageNumberPercentageNumberPercentage
East Lancashire3,90055(31)(31)(31)(31)
Morecambe Bay1,80049(31)(31)(31)(31)
North-west Lancashire2,50048(31)(31)(31)(31)
South Lancashire1,80045(31)(31)(31)(31)
East Lancashire(31)(31)2,70038(31)(31)
Morecambe Bay(31)(31)90023(31)(31)
North-west Lancashire(31)(31)1,30025(31)(31)
South Lancashire(31)(31)1,50037(31)(31)
East Lancashire4,00052(31)(31)(31)(31)
Morecambe Bay1,90048(31)(31)(31)(31)
North-west Lancashire2,80047(31)(31)(31)(31)
South Lancashire1,70043(31)(31)(31)(31)
East Lancashire(31)(31)(31)(31)3,20045
Morecambe Bay(31)(31)(31)(31)1,00026
North-west Lancashire(31)(31)(31)(31)2,20041
South Lancashire(31)(31)(31)(31)1,90047
East Lancashire3,60050(31)(31)(31)(31)
Morecambe Bay1,60042(31)(31)(31)(31)
North-west Lancashire2,70049(31)(31)(31)(31)
South Lancashire1,70044(31)(31)(31)(31)
East Lancashire(31)(31)2,60035(31)(31)
Morecambe Bay(31)(31)80020(31)(31)
North-west Lancashire(31)(31)2,10035(31)(31)
South Lancashire(31)(31)1,70037(31)(31)

(31) Data not collected by BASCD for this age group for this year.

Table 2: Number and percentage of children with tooth cavities in the north-west region 1995–96 to 2000–01—north-west region

Five-years-old 12-years-old 14-years-old

(32) Data not collected by BASCD for this age group for this year

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