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Health Services (Lancashire)

Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people with dementia were in residential care in Lancashire in the last year for which figures are available; and how many people were funded by the NHS. [147856]

Miss Melanie Johnson: There were about 80 people with dementia receiving residential care in Lancashire in 2001–02. Information on the number of people with dementia in residential care funded by the national health service is not available.

Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) doctors and (b) nurses work in the (i) Preston and (ii) Chorley hospitals; and what the pay costs were for each of the last three years. [147857]

Miss Melanie Johnson: The table shows the numbers and pay costs of doctors and nurses working in Preston and Chorley hospitals for the last three years of available data.

It should be noted that mental health services and acute services in this area were restructured in 2001–02, with some doctors and nurses previously counted within the returns for the acute trusts transferring to other trusts without hospital based care.

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Staffing numbers and costs as at September

DoctorsCostNursesCost
2000–01
Preston Acute Hospitals NHS Trust35519,265.41,25626,285.5
Chorley & South Ribble NHS Trust1188,311.577220,267.5
Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Total cost27,576.946,553.0
2001–02
Preston Acute Hospitals NHS Trust34822,277.11,33030,616.0
Chorley & South Ribble NHS Trust1429,091.660317,713.8
Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Total cost31,814.353,102.4
2002–03(14)
Preston Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
Chorley & South Ribble NHS Trust
Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust48434,444.01,91548,746.7
Total cost36,298.774,330.4

(14) 2002–03 cost data is provisional

Source:

Department of Health medical and dental workforce census

Department of Health General and Personal Medical Services Statistics


Intermediate Care

Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) for what reason figures are not available for the number of people who received intermediate care in 2000–01; [148872]

Dr. Ladyman: The NHS Plan announced targets for intermediate care services in July 2000. A detailed retrospective survey was undertaken by the Department to establish baseline figures for 1999–2000. From April 2001, formalised data collecting began, following the publication of defining criteria in the January 2001 circular (HSC 2001/01: LAC(2001)1).

Lung Cancer

Mrs. Roe: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to improve the (a) detection, (b) diagnosis and (c) treatment of lung cancer; and if he will make a statement. [148060]

Miss Melanie Johnson [holding answer 20 January 2004]: Early detection of all cancers improves a patient's chance of survival. In March 2000, "Referral Guidelines for Suspected Cancer" were published and sent to all general practitioners in order to help them identify those patients who are most likely to have cancer, so that they can be referred urgently to a specialist. The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) is in the process of updating these guidelines. The update is due to be published in February 2005.

In order to ensure that high quality services for cancer patients are provided across the country, the NHS Cancer Plan set out the following broad approach, which addresses the diagnosis process and treatment:


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"Improving Outcomes Guidance on Lung Cancer" was published by the Department in 1998 and lung cancer services were peer reviewed on the resulting standards in 2001. The "Manual of Cancer Standards" is currently being updated and a three-year rolling programme of cancer peer review against this manual is expected to start in autumn 2004. In addition, NICE is preparing clinical guidelines for the national health service in England and Wales for the diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer. This is expected to be published in November 2004. NICE has also appraised four chemotherapy drugs for treatment of lung cancer and is in the process of appraising a fifth.

The work of the Modernisation Agency's Cancer Services Collaborative 'Improvement Partnership' (CSC 'IP') is central to the drive to improve the detection, diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer. A specific goal of the CSC 'IP' is to promote early diagnosis of lung cancer.

In November 2003, the establishment of a Lung Cancer Advisory Group was announced. This group, which will be meeting in March, will be chaired by Professor Mike Richards, the National Cancer Director and will advise on the development and delivery of lung cancer services, including relevant elements of the NHS Cancer Plan.

Merseyside Health Action Zone

Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the projects and their associated funding arising from the Merseyside Health Action Zone (MHAZ) since 1997; what the total amount

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allocated to MHAZ is; and how many administrative posts are required to administer the funding. [147938]

Miss Melanie Johnson: A copy of the information requested on Merseyside Health Action Zones (MHAZ) projects and associated funding has been placed in the Library.

The Department does not hold information relating to the number of administrative posts that were required to administer the funding.

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NHS Direct

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many calls relating to colds or influenza were made to NHS Direct in each week in November and December to date, broken down by the age groups (a) 0 to 4, (b) 5 to 14, (c) 15 to 44, (d) 45 to 64 and (e) 65 years and over. [145084]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The number of calls relating to colds or influenza that were made to NHS Direct in each week in November and December are shown in the table.

Age groups
Week0–45–1415–4445–6465+Total (all ages)
2003
27 October to 2 November 971297892111101,336
3 November to 9 November 951598182351321,439
10 November to 16 November 1122808202381091,559
17 November to 23 November 972407362481131,434
24 November to 30 November921826352171001,226
1 December to 7 December1202526462291031,350
8 December to 14 December73129537183841,006
15 December to 21 December6196524192113986
22 December to 28 December851086832902351,401
Total—27 November to 28 December 20038321,5756,1882,0431,09911,737

The figures provided in the answer are the total number of calls where a NHS Direct nurse has used the cold/flu clinical algorithm. These totals do not include NHS Direct callers with a cold or influenza where the NHS Direct nurse has not used the 'cold/flu' algorithm.

Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what figures he has collated on the use of NHS Direct (a) broken down by region and (b) within the constituency of Middlesbrough, South and Cleveland, East. [148404]

Ms Rosie Winterton: NHS Direct usage figures broken down by NHS Direct site for the last six months (July to December 2003) are shown in the table.

Calls answered by site by month for July 2003—December 2003

SiteCalls answered
Anglia112,024
Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire127,050
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire132,909
East Midlands199,630
Essex165,545
Hampshire146,462
Kent, Surrey, Sussex211,104
Manchester210,333
North and Central London94,865
North East158,149
North East London77,912
North West Coast193,686
South East London93,783
South West London74,757
South Yorkshire And South Humberside120,679
Staffordshire148,258
Tees, East and North Yorkshire115,786
Thames Valley and Northamptonshire136,650
West Country188,582
West London133,384
West Midlands140,232
West Yorkshire172,411
Grand total3,154,191

The constituencies of Middlesbrough, South and East, Cleveland are covered by Middlesbrough Primary Care Trust (PCT). For the last six months, NHS Direct Tees, East and North Yorkshire have handled approximately 5,500 calls from patients located in the Middlesbrough PCT area.



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