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Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost of dental treatment per (a) adult and (b) child registered patient was in the last year for which figures are available. 
These costs are for payment made to the dentist for dental treatment and include the patient charges where applicable. Dentists also receive additional payments, unrelated to treatment provided, in recognition of the continuing care responsibility for registered patients. These payments contribute approximately 23 per cent. of dentists' gross earnings. Other additional payments, unrelated to treatment, contribute a further 10 per cent. of dentists gross earnings.
Dental Practice Board
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Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many staff were employed in his Department in each of the last six years broken down by (a) headcount, (b) part-time and (c) whole-time equivalents; 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The information requested is available in the annual publication Civil Service Statistics which is published by the Cabinet Office. Copies of Civil Service Statistics 2002, which was published on 24 July 2003, and copies of Civil Service Statistics for the previous five years are available in the Library and at www.civil-service.gov.uk/statistics
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the reasons were for the transfer from the capital Departmental Expenditure Limit to the resource DEL of £318 million, as mentioned in the Winter Supplementary Estimates; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Hutton: The transfer from capital is being used to support the Department's information management and technology programme, part of which will be accounted for as current expenditure and national health service spending by local primary care trusts and NHS trusts accounted for as current rather than capital expenditure.
Ms Rosie Winterton: In his 2002 Budget announcement, my right hon. Friend, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, announced the largest sustained increase in funding of any five-year period in the history of the national health service. Over the years 200304 to 200708, these plans mean that expenditure on the NHS will increase on average by 7.4 per cent., a year over and above inflation. However in keeping with the philosophy of "Shifting the Balance of Power", primary care trusts are free to decide the allocation of resources locally.
Ms Rosie Winterton: The diabetes national service framework standards, published in 2001, noted that the risk and severity of diabetic ketoacidosis can be reduced by the provision of guidance and advice to people with diabetes on how to manage changes in blood glucose control that occur during other illnesses and pointed out that episodes of hypoglycaemia can be managed in the community, either by the person with diabetes, a relative or carer, their general practitioner or by ambulance personnel.
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"Improvement, Expansion and reform: the next three years", the planning and priorities framework for 200306, includes targets for diabetes services. One such target states the need for primary care trusts (PCTs) to update practice-based registers for people with diabetes by March 2006. This will help to ensure that they receive systematic treatment regimens and advice to help support them in managing their own condition, including acute episodes, more effectively.
In his 2002 Budget announcement, my right hon. Friend, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, announced the largest sustained increase in funding of any five-year period in the history of the national health service. Over the years 200304 to 200708, these plans mean that expenditure on the NHS will increase on average by 7.4 per cent., a year over and above inflation. However in keeping with the philosophy of "Shifting the Balance of Power", PCTs are free to decide the allocation of resources locally.
Mr. Baron: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what private agencies are used to recruit doctors from abroad; and what checks are put in place to ensure that these doctors meet the required standards. 
Mr. Hutton: National health service trusts are responsible for their own recruitment. Trusts are strongly advised when recruiting internationally to use only those agencies that are compliant to the code of practice for NHS employers involved in the international recruitment of healthcare professionals, published in 2001. The list of compliant agencies can be found on the Department's website at www.doh.gov.uk/international.recruitment/agencylist-nhs-ref.htm.
In order to practise as a doctor in the United Kingdom, a doctor must be registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) and satisfy the GMC that they have the acquired necessary knowledge, skills and experience.
Mr. Baron: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if it has been determined whether health professionals from (a) Hungary, (b) Slovakia and (c) Poland have the necessary qualifications to practise in this country after these countries join the European Union; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Hutton: All acceding states are committed to ensuring that the qualifications they award to doctors, dentists, pharmacists, midwives and nurses responsible for general care who begin their training on or after the date of accession meet specified minimum requirements. Only those who meet these requirements will then benefit from automatic recognition throughout the European Union.
Practitioners from these states who are already qualified or who are currently in training must show that they either meet these requirements in full or have recent and substantial practice experience.
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National Institute for Clinical Excellence approved drug prescribing made to each mental health trust in the current year. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: Funding to meet recommendations of the National Institute for Clinical Excellence has been included in the allocations notified to primary care trusts for the period 200304 to 200506. This funding is not separately identified.
People aged 14 to 35 during the first three years of psychotic illness
reduce the length of time young people remain undiagnosed and untreated
develop meaningful engagement, provide evidence-based interventions and promote recovery during the early phase of illness.
Ms Rosie Winterton: The Surrey and Sussex Strategic Health Authority is aware of the challenging financial position faced by the East Sussex County Healthcare National Health Service Trust. Financial recovery plans have been developed and are currently being implemented.
Gregory Barker: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent by (a) East Sussex County Healthcare and (b) primary care trusts in England on (i) locum doctors and (ii) agency nursing in each of the last five years; and what these sums were as a percentage of total NHS staff costs. 
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(32) Trust not established
(33) Total Expenditure
(34) As a percentage of all staff expenditure
(35) For first seven months of year
(36) Figure not yet available
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