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Departmental Staff

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 10 December, Official Report, columns 502–3W, on departmental staff, (1) if he will list the job titles of each member of staff in the Health and Social Care Delivery Group; [144952]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The Department is currently undergoing an extensive change programme. The basic framework has been agreed and was detailed in my previous answer. Job titles and details of the structure are subject to confirmation by group directors.

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 10 December, Official Report, columns 502–3W, on departmental staff, what the activities are of each business group. [144955]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The activities of the Department's three business groups are as follows:


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The new structure of the Department is as follows:

Department of Health Mangement Board



Health and Social Care Standards and Quality



Strategy and Business Development


Group Business Team

Corporate Management and Development


User Experience and Involvement


Communications


Strategy


Health and Social Care Services Delivery


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Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the rationale was for reducing the number of posts in his Department by 1,400; and from which policy areas the posts will be taken. [145024]

Ms Rosie Winterton: We recognised that the Department must change to reflect recent changes in the national health service and social care. It was clear that, with the Government's focus on shifting power to the frontline and the formation of many independent bodies, the Department's role and functions would reduce. We decided a reduction of at least a third was necessary to reflect our new role in providing strategic direction and leadership to the NHS and social care.

The radical Change Programme will reduce the size of the core Department by 1,400—from over 3,600 posts to 2,200—by October 2004. This represents a 38 per cent. reduction at the centre. Half of those posts will not be replaced and will be achieved by efficiency savings, while the rest of the reduction will result from transferring posts to other national bodies, which are also the subject of review.

We have indicated our intention to maintain the current proportion of Departmental staff in Leeds and London. The final numbers at each location are yet to be finalised. We estimate that most of the reductions will be through natural turnover or early retirements. A voluntary scheme has already been launched for those over 50. The Department has had a 'vacancy freeze' in place for the last six months, to ensure staff are given the best opportunities to seek alternative posts, and we are actively monitoring turnover. The Department is using professional support to help those staff affected by the changes.

Diagnostic and Treatment Centres

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has commissioned for an evaluation of diagnostic and treatment centres. [144949]

Mr. Hutton: An evaluation of National Health Service treatment centres has been commissioned from a consortium made up of University College London and the University of Southampton, under the NHS service delivery and organisation research programme. The evaluation began in March 2003 and is being carried out over three years.

Doctors' Earnings

Gregory Barker: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his estimate is of the earnings of (a) a locum doctor and (b) a doctor with a permanent position within an NHS trust in the last year for which figures are available. [142395]

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Mr. Hutton: Estimated annual earnings of hospital doctors as at August 2002 (the latest figures available) are given in the table.

Staff gradeMean year earnings (£)
Consultant82,936
Non-consultant career grades56,751
House officer28,201
Other hospital grades58,103
Registrars52,623
Senior house officer41,124

Information is not held centrally on the average annual earnings of locum doctors.

Domiciliary Care

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many domiciliary care providers have (a) applied for and (b) met the registration standards. [140640]

Dr. Ladyman: As at 30 November, 4,322 domiciliary care providers have applied for registration. 3,155 of these applications have been validated and are being processed, and 243 domiciliary care providers met the registration standard.

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many domiciliary care providers have been registered by the National Care Standards Commission in each region. [140642]

Dr. Ladyman: The information requested is shown in the following table.

RegionServices registered
South West72
South East70
London40
West Midlands20
North West20
North East7
Yorkshire and Humberside6
East Midlands6
Eastern2
Total243

Note:

Information as at 30 November 2003.


Drug Eluting Stents

Dr. Gibson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how he plans to incorporate guidance from the National Institute for Clinical Excellence on drug eluting stents into the National Standards Framework on coronary heart disease; [145783]

Miss Melanie Johnson: The national service framework for coronary heart disease (NSF CHD), published in March 2000, sets the agenda for the modernisation of CHD services over a 10 year period. Standard 10 deals with revascularisation and states that


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The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidance on drug eluting stents (DES) provides clinical guidance highlighting patients who would most benefit from the treatment. NICE guidance is for healthcare professionals and patients and their carers to help them make decisions about treatment and healthcare and to inform their delivery of the NSF standard.

The NICE guidance estimates that the additional cost of drug eluting stents would be between £6 million and £7.2 million per year, assuming the use of about 12,000 DES costing an additional £500 to £600 each.


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