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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. 
Miss Melanie Johnson: There were about 80 people with dementia receiving residential care in Lancashire in 200102. 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. 
It should be noted that mental health services and acute services in this area were restructured in 200102, 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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|Preston Acute Hospitals NHS Trust||355||19,265.4||1,256||26,285.5|
|Chorley & South Ribble NHS Trust||118||8,311.5||772||20,267.5|
|Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust|||||
|Preston Acute Hospitals NHS Trust||348||22,277.1||1,330||30,616.0|
|Chorley & South Ribble NHS Trust||142||9,091.6||603||17,713.8|
|Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust|||||
|Preston Acute Hospitals NHS Trust|||||
|Chorley & South Ribble NHS Trust|||||
|Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust||484||34,444.0||1,915||48,746.7|
(14) 200203 cost data is provisional
Department of Health medical and dental workforce census
Department of Health General and Personal Medical Services Statistics
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 19992000. From April 2001, formalised data collecting began, following the publication of defining criteria in the January 2001 circular (HSC 2001/01: LAC(2001)1).
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. 
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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the translation of this guidance into measurable national standards (the "Manual of Cancer Standards"); and
a national programme of peer review to ensure compliance with these standards.
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.
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. 
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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. 
|Week||04||514||1544||4564||65+||Total (all ages)|
|27 October to 2 November||97||129||789||211||110||1,336|
|3 November to 9 November||95||159||818||235||132||1,439|
|10 November to 16 November||112||280||820||238||109||1,559|
|17 November to 23 November||97||240||736||248||113||1,434|
|24 November to 30 November||92||182||635||217||100||1,226|
|1 December to 7 December||120||252||646||229||103||1,350|
|8 December to 14 December||73||129||537||183||84||1,006|
|15 December to 21 December||61||96||524||192||113||986|
|22 December to 28 December||85||108||683||290||235||1,401|
|Total27 November to 28 December 2003||832||1,575||6,188||2,043||1,099||11,737|
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. 
|Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire||127,050|
|Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire||132,909|
|Kent, Surrey, Sussex||211,104|
|North and Central London||94,865|
|North East London||77,912|
|North West Coast||193,686|
|South East London||93,783|
|South West London||74,757|
|South Yorkshire And South Humberside||120,679|
|Tees, East and North Yorkshire||115,786|
|Thames Valley and Northamptonshire||136,650|
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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