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Dr. Ladyman: During 200203, the Chorley and South Ribble Primary Care Trust (PCT) provided recurrent funding of £11,000 to Derian House Hospice. In addition, the PCT has also agreed to provide funding to the Chorley and South Ribble Crossroads Care scheme. £6,760 will be provided annually for three years and will help to employ three care attendants to work specifically with young adults with mental health needs, learning difficulties or physical difficulties which prevent them taking part in usual social activities with their peers. This scheme currently supports nine families.
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Ms Rosie Winterton: In 2000, the former Medicines Control Agency (now the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) and the Committee on Safety of Medicines (CSM) conducted a thorough review of the balance of risks and benefits of cisapride (Prepulsid, licensed for the treatment of motility-related gastrointestinal disorders). As cisapride was also authorised in other European Union (EU) Member States, a safety review by the European Committee for Proprietary Medicinal Products (CPMP) was also taken forward at this time.
Following careful review of efficacy studies and consideration of reports of suspected cardiac adverse reactions, the CSM concluded that the balance of risks and benefits for cisapride was no longer favourable and the Licensing Authority suspended the UK marketing authorisations (MAs) pending the outcome of the EU review. Following an opinion of the CPMP, the European Commission issued a Decision in May 2002 allowing restricted MAs for cisapride for use in certain indications in clinical trials or via a safety registry.
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the New Consultant Entry Scheme; and whether doctors on the Scheme count as consultants for the sake of the NHS Plan consultant recruitment targets. 
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Mr. Hutton: The New Consultant Entry Scheme (NCES) has been developed for specialist registrars who have recently acquired the certificate of completion of specialist training and would like more practical support to help make the transition to consultant grade in their first consultant post. Placements are for six months in vacant consultant posts, after which the doctors can apply for substantive appointment in open competition.
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) headcount and (b) whole-time equivalent figures are for dentists for each year since 1996 for (i) England, (ii) each NHS region and (iii) each strategic health authority. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The information on the number of national health service dentists on a headcount basis in each region of England and by strategic health authority (SHA) at September each year from 1996 to 2002 is shown in the table.
Information is not available on a whole-time equivalent (wte) basis because general dental service dentists are self employed dentists who do not work standard hours and who are able to vary their hours and their NHS commitment.
NHS dentists cover dentists working in the general dental service (GDS), hospital dental service (HDS), community dental service (CDS), personal dental service (PDS) and salaried service of the GDS. Dentists working in more than one dental service are included in each service apart from dentists working in both PDS and GDS who are counted in the GDS only.
|Northern and Yorkshire||2,401||2,477||2,540||2,558||2,589||2,668|||
|South and West||2,063||2,135||2,253||2,333||2,404||2,460|||
|Strategic Health Authority|
|Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire||943||983||1,043||1,084||1,096||1,115||1,114|
|Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire||634||648||684||729||748||801||803|
|Birmingham and The Black Country||891||909||918||910||924||965||964|
|Cheshire and Merseyside||1,010||1,045||1,070||1,089||1,093||1,107||1,161|
|County Durham and Tees Valley||383||413||425||422||422||436||455|
|Coventry, Warwickshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire||549||564||584||597||622||636||664|
|Cumbria and Lancashire||738||742||776||773||760||797||787|
|Dorset and Somerset||466||475||494||500||520||519||540|
|Hampshire and Isle of Wight||681||685||704||735||762||793||800|
|Kent and Medway||641||664||654||679||668||663||686|
|Leicestershire, Northants and Rutland||491||504||517||523||519||524||541|
|Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire||770||825||847||878||890||901||941|
|North and East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire||573||584||592||611||632||664||671|
|North Central London||696||730||750||767||755||768||765|
|North East London||575||568||579||605||632||673||626|
|North West London||935||947||1,012||992||1,000||998||978|
|Northumberland, Tyne and Wear||584||594||616||635||655||645||688|
|Shropshire and Staffordshire||455||465||480||491||512||533||551|
|South East London||810||788||798||768||809||811||800|
|South West London||617||647||668||689||679||716||707|
|South West Peninsula||654||677||716||749||788||826||834|
|Surrey and Sussex||1,191||1,208||1,222||1,250||1,297||1,350||1,387|
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Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many whole-time equivalent NHS dentists there were per head of population (a) in total and (b) offering NHS treatment in (i) England and (ii) each strategic health authority in each year since 1997. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The available information is for the number of national health service dentists (headcount) per 10,000 population and is shown in the table for September in each of the years 1997 to 2002.
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community dental service (CDS), personal dental service (PDS) and salaried service of the GDS.
Dentists working in more than one dental service are included in each service, apart from dentists working in both PDS and GDS, who are counted in the GDS only. Information for 2003 is not yet available.
Information on a whole time equivalent basis is not available, as dentists working in the GDS are able to vary the amount of hours they work and to vary their NHS commitment. The majority of dentists working in the GDS do some NHS work.
|Strategic health authority|
|Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire||4.64||4.90||5.05||5.08||5.15||5.13|
|Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire||4.16||4.36||4.60||4.70||4.99||5.00|
|Birmingham and the Black Country||3.98||4.03||4.01||4.09||4.26||4.24|
|Cheshire and Merseyside||4.42||4.53||4.63||4.65||4.71||4.95|
|County Durham and Tees Valley||3.61||3.72||3.71||3.72||3.85||4.02|
|Coventry, Warwickshire, Herefordshire and Worcester||3.75||3.87||3.94||4.10||4.17||4.31|
|Cumbria and Lancashire||3.90||4.08||4.07||4.00||4.18||4.12|
|Dorset and Somerset||4.07||4.22||4.25||4.39||4.35||4.50|
|Hampshire and Isle of Wight||3.92||4.01||4.16||4.30||4.45||4.47|
|Kent and Medway||4.29||4.21||4.34||4.24||4.19||4.32|
|Leicester, Northants And Rutland||3.31||3.38||3.40||3.36||3.36||3.44|
|Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire||3.87||3.94||4.07||4.09||4.13||4.29|
|North and East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire||3.64||3.69||3.80||3.92||4.10||4.13|
|North Central London||6.43||6.58||6.65||6.48||6.39||6.29|
|North East London||3.94||3.98||4.11||4.26||4.42||4.07|
|North West London||5.73||6.08||5.89||5.86||5.64||5.48|
|Northumberland, Tyne and Wear||4.21||4.39||4.55||4.72||4.66||4.98|
|Shropshire and Staffordshire||3.15||3.24||3.31||3.45||3.58||3.69|
|South East London||5.44||5.48||5.23||5.47||5.36||5.28|
|South West London||5.19||5.33||5.46||5.35||5.51||5.42|
|South West Peninsula||4.41||4.64||4.82||5.02||5.23||5.25|
|Surrey and Sussex||4.83||4.86||4.92||5.09||5.28||5.42|
Population data are based on 2001 census mid-year estimates.
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community dental service (CDS) and personal dental service (PDS). Dentists working in more than one dental service are included in each service apart from dentists working in both PDS and GDS who are counted in the GDS only. Excluded are the small number of salaried dentists in the GDS.
|General dental service||Personal dental service||Community dental service||Hospital dental service||Total|
PDS numbers exclude dentists who also work in the GDS. Female and male numbers for 1999 are estimated. PDS started in October 1998.
Dental Practice Board and Department of Health medical and dental workforce census.
Dental Practice Board.
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