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Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many additional (a) doctors, (b) nurses and (c) matrons have been employed (i) in each region and (ii) in Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland since (A) 1997 and (B) 2001. 
Mr. Hutton: Information on the number of doctors and nurses in England, each Government Office Region and within County Durham and Tees Valley and Northumberland, Tyne and Wear Strategic Health Authorities areas for the years requested is shown in the table. Separate information is not collected centrally on the number of matrons employed in the national health service.
|County Durham and Tees Valley||2,015||2,228||2,252||237||24|
|Northumberland, Tyne and Wear||3,018||3,428||3,571||553||143|
|Yorkshire and the Number||9,057||10,075||10,601||1,544||526|
|East of England||8,329||9,125||9,590||1,261||465|
|Special Health Authorities and Other Statutory Bodies||283||200||167||-116||-33|
(49) Excludes GP Retainers and medical hospital practitioners and medical clinical assistants most of whom are also GPs working part-time in hospitals.
(50) 1997 GPs data as at 1 October 1997, all other data as at 30 September.
Department of Health medical and dental workforce census.
General and Personal Medical Services Statistics.
|County Durham and Tees Valley SHA||7,524||8,350||8,647||1,123||297|
|Northumberland Tyne and Wear SHA||10,866||12,377||12,857||1,991||480|
|Yorkshire and the Number||33,606||36,064||37,803||4,197||1,739|
|East of England||28,481||33,028||34,651||6,170||1,623|
|Special Health Authorities and Other Statutory Bodies||506||591||531||25||-60|
(52) 1997 practice nurse data as at 1 October 1997, all other data as at 30 September.
1. Government Office Regions are based on grouped Strategic Health Authority areas.
2. 1997 and 2001 include estimated data for County Durham and Tees Valley based upon the proportioning of staff who moved from Northallerton NHS Trust.
3. Other Government Office Regions include estimated data for Trent, North West London, Cheshire and Merseyside SHA's and Special Health Authorities based on staff at Rampton, Broadmoor and Ashworth Special Hospitals.
Department of Health Non-Medical Workforce Census.
Department of Health General and Personal Medical Services Statistics.
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Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the impact population growth will have on Chorley and South Ribble primary care trust; and what extra monies will be made available; 
(3) what assessment he has made of the impact that population growth in Chorley will have on Chorley Hospital. 
Miss Melanie Johnson: An assessment of the impact of population growth on the local health economy has been made by Lancashire Teaching Hospitals National Health Services Trust. It is noted from population forecasts provided by local councils that the population is due to decline slowly over the 10 years from 2001. There is no perceived impact on the local health economy, including Chorley and South Ribble Primary Care Trust (PCTs), or Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and its services across Chorley, South Ribble or Preston, and Chorley Hospital in particular.
For each round of allocations, the weighted capitation formula used to inform funding for PCTs is updated to take account of the best available measure of population from the Office for National Statistics.
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 18 December 2003, Official Report, column 1124W, on healthy living centres, what funding he is providing for centres (a) providing activities covering diet and nutrition and (b) offering physical and sporting activities. 
Miss Melanie Johnson: 114 healthy living centres167 in the United Kingdomare providing activities covering diet and nutrition and 207 healthy living centres282 in the UKare offering physical and sporting activities. A substantial number of health living centres are addressing all of these: diet, nutrition and physical activity. Healthy living centres are funded through the New Opportunities Fund and do not receive any central funding from Department of Health.
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Mr. Hutton: The information requested has been placed in Library. The table contains the average unit costs (per operation) for each national health service trust in England for primary hip replacements and primary knee replacements where the operation is undertaken as an elective (planned) admission.
Dr. Murrison: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of patients with MRSA bacteraemia in NHS hospitals in England died of their infection in the last 12 months for which figures are available; and what comparable figures his Department has collated regarding mortality in other countries. 
Miss Melanie Johnson: Information on deaths from methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteraemias is not routinely available. Currently, mortality data can only be provided by enhanced surveillance or special studies. We do not have figures for other countries.
(3) whether it is his policy that existing consultant microbiologists or infection control nurses will be redeployed to the new posts of directors of infection control. 
Miss Melanie Johnson: The director of infection prevention and control is not a new post but an extra responsibility for an existing senior health professional within every organisation providing national health service services. They will:
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We would expect consultant microbiologists and infection control nurses to be among the healthcare professionals taking on this role but designation of the new director is a local decision. However, what is important is that the individuals concerned have the appropriate expertise and authority to act to reduce infection rates.
Strategic health authorities will monitor performance against the objectives of "Winning ways" and the Commission for Healthcare Audit and Inspection will be asked to give priority to assessing NHS performance in reducing health care associated infection.
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