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Radiographers

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many vacancies exist for radiographers in the NHS in (a) Portsmouth and South East Hampshire and (b) England; and what assessment he has made of progress towards improving recruitment. [152350]

Mr. Hutton: Information on the number and rate of three month vacancies for radiographers in each year since 2001 is shown in the following tables.

The Government are implementing a range of measures to recruit more health care professionals and have made considerable progress in increasing the number of radiographers employed in the national health service and the number of training places for radiographers. There are 11 per cent. more NHS radiographers than in 1997 and the number of students entering training to become a radiographer has more than doubled since 1996–97.

Department of Health Vacancies Survey: Vacancies in NHS Trusts by HA area and SHA area for qualified radiography staff
Three month vacancy rates, numbers and staff in post

March 2001 September 2000
Three month vacancy rate (Percentage)Three month vacancy (Number)Staff in post (whole-time equivalent)Staff in post (headcount)
Diagnostic
England (excluding HA staff)4.44209,16511,032
Portsmouth and South East Hampshire HA0.0078110
Isle of Wight HA15.941926
Hampshire and Isle of Wight SHAn/an/an/an/a
Therapeutic
England (excluding HA staff)8.01141,3091,453
Portsmouth and South East Hampshire HA6.522933
Isle of Wight HA*000
Hampshire and Isle of Wight SHAn/an/an/an/a

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Three month vacancy rates, numbers and staff in post

March 2002 September 2001
Three month vacancy rate (Percentage)Three month vacancy (Number)Staff in post (whole-time equivalent)Staff in post (headcount)
Diagnostic
England (excluding HA staff)5.55319,26011,158
Portsmouth and South East Hampshire HAn/an/an/an/a
Isle of Wight HAn/an/an/an/a
Hampshire and Isle of Wight SHA7.923270340
Therapeutic
England (excluding HA staff)8.81341,3911,543
Portsmouth and South East Hampshire HAn/an/an/an/a
Isle of Wight HAn/an/an/an/a
Hampshire and Isle of Wight SHA0.005562

Three month vacancy rates, numbers and staff in post

March 2003 September 2002
Three month vacancy rate (Percentage)Three month vacancy (Number)Staff in post (whole-time equivalent)Staff in post (headcount)
Diagnostic
England (excluding HA staff)6.15999,48911,489
Portsmouth and South East Hampshire HAn/an/an/an/a
Isle of Wight HAn/an/an/an/a
Hampshire and Isle of Wight SHA6.522283364
Therapeutic
England (excluding HA staff)10.71691,3741,542
Portsmouth and South East Hampshire HAn/an/an/an/a
Isle of Wight HAn/an/an/an/a
Hampshire and Isle of Wight SHA5.745665

Three month vacancy notes:

1. Three month vacancy information is as at 31 March.

2. Three month vacancies are vacancies which Trusts are actively trying to fill, which had lasted for three months or more (whole-time equivalents).

3. Three month Vacancy Rates are three month vacancies expressed as a percentage of three month vacancies plus staff in post.

4. For 2002 and 2003 three month Vacancy Rates are calculated using staff in post from the Vacancy Survey. Earlier years vacancy rates are calculated using staff in post from the Non-Medical Workforce Census the previous September.

5. Percentages are rounded to one decimal place.

6. n/a = not applicable.

7 * = Vacancies plus staff in post is less than 10.

Staff in post notes:

Staff in post data is from the Non-Medical Workforce Census, September each specified year.

General notes:

1. Vacancy and staff in post numbers are rounded to the nearest whole number.

2. Calculating the vacancy rates using the above data may not equal the actual vacancy rates.

3. Due to rounding, totals may not equal the sum of component parts.

4. Strategic HA figures are based on Trusts, and do not necessarily reflect the geographical provision of health care.

Sources:

Department of Health Vacancies Survey, March each specified year.

Department of Health Non-Medical Workforce Census, September each specified year.


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Rainbows Children's Hospice (Leicestershire)

Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has had from hon. Members concerning the funding of Rainbows Children's Hospice. [151664]

Dr. Ladyman: Ministers have replied to a small number of Parliamentary Questions and letters from hon. Members. In addition, the former Secretary of State met with the Chief Executive of the Rainbows Children's Hospice in April 2003.

Respite Care

Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much money Leicestershire West Primary Care Trust gave to projects dealing with children's respite care in 2003. [151666]

Dr. Ladyman: This information is not collected centrally. The New Opportunities Fund has provided £48 million over three years in support of palliative care projects for children, of which children's hospices have received £15 million.

The Rainbows Children's Hospice Loughborough has received £650,000 from the New Opportunities Fund.

Sensory Impairment

Malcolm Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much (a) his Department and (b) each agency and non-departmental public body sponsored by his Department spent on (i) advertising and (ii) information campaigns in each year since 1995–96; what his estimate is for 2003–04; and if he will make a statement. [149725]

Ms Rosie Winterton [holding answer 21 January 2004]: The following table shows the expenditure on major information campaigns and advertising commissioned by the Department's communications directorate for the financial years 1995–96 to 2003–04 (estimated). The figures include the costs of campaign-related publishing, TV, radio, poster, newspaper and magazine advertising.

£ million

Financial yearTotal campaign expenditureAdvertising expenditure
1995–9615.562.08
1996–9715.132.50
1997–986.632.04
1998–9922.968.53
1999–200035.9715.17
2000–0125.3220.80
2001–0237.2320.41
2002–0334.8523.13
2003–04(22)52.538.98

(22) Estimated


The differences between 2002–03 actual and 2003–04 forecast figures is the result of the Government's commitment to increasing tobacco control advertising. The SR2002 settlement allocated £39 million per annum for three years to tobacco control advertising. Expenditure for the Department's agencies and non-departmental public bodies can be provided only at disproportionate cost.

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Streptococcal Infections

Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures he is taking to implement the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Green Top Guidelines on Group B streptococcus. [151946]

Dr. Ladyman: The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists' guidelines on the Prevention of Early Onset Neonatal Group B Streptococcus Disease have been circulated to all fellows and members of the College. Ministers have asked the UK National Screening Committee (NSC) to undertake further work to assess the existing evidence on screening and treatment for Group B Streptococcus in pregnancy in the UK. A recent workshop agreed a number of actions to reduce the risk of GBS infection, including ensuring better information for professionals and pregnant women, more consistent and appropriate advice and treatment for women at increased risk, and further research. The NSC will take forward a programme of work in the light of this report during 2004.

NHS Staff

Mr. Hepburn: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) nurses and (b) general practitioners are in training in (a) South Tyneside, (b) Tyne and Wear, (c) the North East and (d) the UK; and what the figures were in 1997. [152102]

Mr. Hutton: The number (headcount) of general practitioner registrars in South Tyneside Primary Care Trust (PCT), Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, County Durham and Tees Valley Strategic Health Authorities and England since 1997 is shown in table 1.

The number (whole time equivalent) of pre-registration nurses in training in Northern England Workforce Development Confederation (WDC), County Durham and Tees Valley WDC and England in each year since 1998–99, the first year the information is available, is shown in table 2. Information is not available at South Tyneside PCT level.

Information for GP registrars and nurses in training in Scotland and Wales are the responsibility of the devolved Administrations. While the institutions in Northern Ireland are dissolved, responsibility rests with Ministers in the Northern Ireland Office.

1. GP registrars in Northumberland, Tyne and Wear SHA and Co. Durham and Tees Valley Strategic Health Authority
Number (headcount)

199720012002June 2003
England1,3431,8831,9802,157
Northumberland, Tyne and Wear25557378
of which:
South Tyneside PCT334
County Durham and Tees Valley28343751

Note:

Data as at 1 October 1997, 30 September 2001–02 and 30 June 2003.

Source:

Department of Health General and Personal Medical Services Statistics.


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2. Number of students in pre-registration nursing and midwifery training between 1998–99 and 2002–03
Number (whole time equivalent)

EnglandNorthern England WDCCounty Durham and Tees Valley WDC
1998–9939,3191,278695
1999–200044,0051,728752
2000–0148,4221,400827
2001–0253,2991,8831,032
2002–0358,9021,6721,154

Note:

There have been boundary changes since 1998–99, data are not, therefore, directly comparable.

Source:

Financial and Workforce Information Return.



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