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16. Mr. Key: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the Ministry of Defence about the impact of Project Allenby on the provision of NHS services in south Wiltshire; and if he will make a statement. 
Ms Blears: Although Ministers have not been directly involved in the discussions that have taken place, I understand that at official level the discussions have been positive. I am advised that the Ministry of Defence planned improvements include the provision of an Army Primary Health Care Team to meet the health care needs of army personnel.
17. Fiona Mactaggart: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his assessment is of the speed and efficiency of procedures to assess the competence of overseas qualified doctors; and if he plans to revise them. 
Mr. Hutton: Assessing the competence of doctors who have qualified outside the European Economic Area is the responsibility of the General Medical Council, the Specialist Training Authority and the Joint Committee on Postgraduate Training for General Practice. At present this process can be unduly lengthy. We are consulting on legislation which will replace two of these bodies with a single new bodythe Postgraduate Medical Education Training Board. The Board will be under a duty to complete the processing of applications from overseas doctors within three months.
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Ms Blears: A decision on the reconfiguration of acute services in East Kent could not be made while the judicial review of the consultation process was under consideration. This has now been completed and Ministers will shortly be considering the recommendation made by Kent and Medway Strategic Health Authority. A decision will be made as soon as possible.
Mr. Lammy: The latest figure, for the financial year 200001, is that national health service expenditure for clinical negligence amounted to #392 million. Figures for the financial year 200102 are being prepared by the National Audit Office and will be available later this year.
Mr. Hutton: The Government are committed to retaining more staff in the national health service. As a result of the action we have taken on better pay, working conditions, and access to training and development vacancy rates for nurses are falling and the NHS Plan target for an extra 20,000 more nurses was met two years early. Since 1997, there are more than 40,000 extra nurses working in the NHS.
Mr. Hutton: Initial discussions have taken place involving Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital NHS Trust, its Private Sector Partner Octagon and the Department of Health about the possible re-financing of the PFI scheme at the trust. If an agreement is reached, the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital NHS Trust will benefit from a 30 per cent. share of resulting gains.
Ms Blears: Surrey and Sussex NHS Healthcare Trust has a budget of #140 million. The Trust has reported a deficit to the end of November of #2.8 million and is projecting a surplus of #193,000 by the year end.
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Jacqui Smith: A survey of Strategic Health Authorities conducted last autumn showed that services were being developed to initiate treatment under the scheme. We understand that the majority of designated specialist centres are now recruiting patients under the scheme.
Ms Blears: I met the Association of Children's Hospices on 9 January to discuss ways in which funding levels can be determined through negotiation with primary care trusts. We also discussed the benefits to be obtained through the New Opportunities Fund. Awards from this programme will be announced later this month.
|200203||125,942 (to 12/02)|
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 9 December 2002, Official Report, column 152W, on care home inspectors, when information on the number of different types of establishment will be available. 
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Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what methodology was used in indicating the increase in the number of people being supported in care homes in the next three years as set out in the document XImprovement, Expansion and Reform: The next three years". 
Jacqui Smith [holding answer 28 November 2002]: The modelling methodology took account of projected changes in the numbers of older people generally and in the numbers of emergency hospital admissions of older people between 200306.
|All specialities||Child and adolescent psychiatry|
Figures are at 30 September each year, except 2002 which is at 31 March.
Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.
Department of Health medical and dental workforce census.
|At 31 March 2002|
|Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire||20|
|Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire||10|
|Birmingham and The Black Country||20|
|Cheshire and Merseyside||20|
|County Durham and Tees Valley||20|
|Coventry, Warwickshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire||10|
|Cumbria and Lancashire||10|
|Dorset and Somerset||10|
|Hampshire and Isle of Wight||20|
|Kent and Medway||10|
|Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland||10|
|Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire||30|
|North and East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire||10|
|North Central London||20|
|North East London||20|
|North West London||30|
|Northumberland, Tyne and Wear||20|
|Shropshire and Staffordshire||10|
|South East London||20|
|South West London||20|
|South West Peninsula||0(1)|
|Surrey and Sussex||30|
(1) Figure less than 5.
Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.
Department of Health 2002 consultant census.
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