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Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 14 January 2004, Official Report, column 799–804W, to the hon. Member for Sutton and Cheam (Mr. Burstow), if he will make a statement on the impact of the change in dentist numbers in Hampshire between 2002 and 2003 on access to (a) dentists and (b) dentists who accept NHS patients. [151979]

Ms Rosie Winterton [holding answer 30 January 2004]: I refer the hon. Member to my pursuant response on Wednesday 28 January 2004, Official Report, column 398W.

Family Health Services Appeal Authority

Mr. James Gray: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when he will appoint an appeal panel under the Family Health Services Appeal Authority to consider the case of Dr. Barney Williams of the Marshfield Road Surgery, Chippenham; [156650]

Mr. Hutton: The Family Health Services Appeal Authority (FHSAA) is an independent tribunal. Its procedures are set out in the FHSAA (Procedure) Rules 2001 (SI 2001/3750) and the FHSAA (Primary Care Act) Regulations 2001 (SI 2001/3743). The hon. Member may wish to write to The President, Family Health Services Appeal Authority, 30 Victoria Avenue, Harrogate HG1 5PR.

Female Doctors

Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 4 February 2004, Official Report, column 967W, on medical students, what assessment he has made of the numbers of female doctors working (a) in general practice and (b) in

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hospitals wishing to (i) work part-time and (ii) take career breaks; and what impact this is having on the NHS. [155683]

Mr. Hutton: The number of female doctors working in hospitals and in general practice who are part time is shown in the table. Information on the number of doctors who take career breaks is not available.

The proportion of staff who are working part time and the impact of this on participation in the workforce is factored into the Department's and the National Health Service's workforce planning processes.

Hospital, Public Health Medicine and Community Health Services (HCHS) Staff and General Medical PractitionersFemale doctors working part-time
England, as at 30 September 2002   Numbers (headcount)

of which:of which:
All staffFemalePart-time
All doctors(23)104,46038,75511,647
of which:
HCHS Staff(23)72,16826,1595,566
of which:
Medical Staff(23)68,51424,4784,714
of which:
Associate Specialist/Staff Grade6,7902,438988
Registrar Group13,4505,208841
Senior House Officer16,6857,493288
House Officer3,9532,04218
Other CHS1,228891687
General Medical Practitioners(24)32,29212,5966,081
of which:
Unrestricted Principals and Equivalents (UPEs)(25)28,0319,6264,356
Restricted Principals864111
GP Registrars1,9801,199165
Salaried Doctors (Para 52 SPA)875428
PMS Other543305203
GP Retainers1,1101,0871,087


(23) Excludes Hospital Medical Hospital Practitioners and Hospital Medical Clinical Assistants most of whom are GPs working part time in hospitals.

(24) All Practitioners include UPEs, Restricted Principals, Assistants, GP Registrars, Salaried Doctors (Para 52 SFA), PMS Other and GP Retainers.

(25) UPEs include QMS Unrestricted Principals, PMS Contracted GPs and PMS Salaried GPs.


Department of Health Medical and Dental Workforce Census.

Department of Health General and Personal Medical Services Statistics.

Mental Health

Mr. Denham: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the implementation of Standard 6 of the National Service Framework for Mental Health; [154823]

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Ms Rosie Winterton: The national service framework (NSF) for mental health provides rationale and evidence base for a national standard for mental health services relating to carers of people with mental health problems.

In accordance with this NSF standard, all individuals who provide regular and substantial care for a person on the care programme approach should have an assessment of their caring, physical and mental health needs repeated on at least an annual basis. People who provide regular and substantial care for a person on the care programme approach are also entitled to have their own written care plan, which is given to them and implemented in discussion with them.

The Department published "Developing Services for Carers and Families of People with Mental Illness" in November 2002, the recommendations of which are being taken forward by the National Institute for Mental Health in England.

The importance of support for carers was further emphasised in the NHS Plan (2000) and in the priorities and planning framework 2003–06 issued to local services.

Progress on the development of robust local delivery plans for all the targets set out in the NHS Plan is assessed by the Department in partnership with strategic health authorities. In addition, progress is reported by an annual self-assessment exercise undertaken by mental health trusts.

Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of staff in NHS mental health services are from an ethnic minority. [155605]

Mr. Hutton: The information requested has been placed in the Library.


Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) headcount and (b) whole-time equivalent general practitioners there were in each year since 1997, broken down by (i) strategic health authority and (ii) primary care trust. [156005]

Mr. Hutton: The earliest date for which information is available on a primary care trust level (PCT) is 2001.

Information on the number of general practitioners (excluding GP retainers) in England and in each strategic health authority area since September 1997 and in each PCT since 2001, by headcount and whole time equivalent has been placed in the Library.

Group B Streptococcus

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when testing using enriched culture media will be available in the NHS for diagnosing group B streptococcus colonisation in pregnant women. [156556]

Dr. Ladyman: The recently published National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) clinical guideline on antenatal care recommends that pregnant women should not be offered routine antenatal screening for group B streptococcus (GBS) because evidence of its clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness remains uncertain.

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The United Kingdom National Screening Committee (NSC) is currently reviewing the prevention of GBS infection in new-born babies. As part of this review, the NSC organised a workshop in November 2003. The workshop discussed both the current tests available and potential tests for diagnosing GBS colonisation in pregnant women which are the subject of research now under way. This includes the enriched culture medium test. Further work on the use of different tests will be undertaken.

Hospital Construction

Mr. Collins: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the new hospitals to be built in (a) Bassetlaw, (b) Birmingham, Northfield, (c) Birmingham, Perry Barr, (d) Blaydon, (e) Blyth Valley, (f) Bootle, (g) Bradford West, (h) Braintree, (i) Burton, (j) Coventry North West, (k) Coventry South, (l) Dover, (m) Ealing North, (n) Eltham, (o) Feltham and Heston, (p) Forest of Dean, (q) Gateshead East and Washington West,

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(r) Hammersmith and Fulham, (s) Hendon, (t) Hornsey and Wood Green, (u) Ilford North, (v) Kettering, (w) Knowsley South, (x) Lancaster and Wyre, (y) Leeds North East, (z) Leeds West, (aa) Leicester East, (bb) Lewisham, Deptford, (cc) Liverpool, Riverside, (dd) Loughborough, (ee) Manchester, Withington, (ff) Milton Keynes North East, (gg) Northampton South, (hh) North West Leicestershire, (ii) Reading East, (jj) Reading West, (kk) Rugby and Kenilworth, (ll) Sheffield, Attercliffe, (mm) Sheffield, Hillsborough, (nn) Sittingbourne and Sheppey, (oo) Stevenage, (pp) Stockton North, (qq) Stoke-on-Trent, (rr) Stourbridge, (ss) Thurrock, (tt) Tyne Bridge, (uu) Wallasey, (vv) Wansbeck, (ww) Waveney, (xx) West Lancashire, (yy) Wirral West, (zz) Wolverhampton North East and (aaa) Wolverhampton South East; and when the decision was taken to build them. [153778]

Mr. Hutton: Planned new hospital schemes to be built, with the date of the initial business case approval, are shown in the table.

ConstituencyHospital scheme in constituencyDate of initial business case approval
(a) BassetlawNone
(b) Birmingham, NorthfieldNone
(c) Birmingham, Perry BarNone
(d) BlaydonNone
(e) Blyth ValleyNone
(f) BootleNone
(g) Bradford WestBradford Hospitals—£191 millionFebruary 2001
(h) BraintreeNone
(i) BurtonNone
(j) Coventry North WestNone
(k) Coventry SouthNone
(1) DoverEast Kent Hospitals—£200 millionFebruary 2001
(m) Ealing NorthNone
(n) ElthamNone
(o) Felthan and HestonNone
(p) Forest of DeanNone
(q) Gateshead East and Washington WestNone
(r) Hammersmith and FulhamNone
(s) HendonNone
(t) Hornsey and Wood GreenNone
(u) Ilford NorthNone
(v) KetteringNone
(w) Knowsley SouthSt. Helens and Knowlsey Hospitals—£229 millionFebruary 2001
(x) Lancaster and WyeNone
(y) Leeds North EastNone
(z) Leeds WestNone
(aa) Leicester EastUniversity Hospitals of Leicester—£403 millionFebruary 2001
(bb) Lewisham, DeptfordLewisham Hospital—£51 millionFebruary 2001
(cc) Liverpool, RiversideNone
(dd) LoughboroughNone
(ee) Manchester, WithingtonNone
(ft) Milton Keynes North EastNone
(gg) Northampton SouthNorthampton PCT—£28.9 millionApril 1999
(hh) North West LeicestershireNone
(ii) Reading EastNone
(jj) Reading WestNone
(kk) Rugby and KenilworthNone
(ll) Sheffield, AttercliffeNone
(mm) Sheffield, HillsboroughNone
(nn) Sittingbourne and SheppeyNone
(oo) StevenageNone
(pp) Stockton NorthNone
(qq) Stoke-on-TrentNorth Staffordshire Hospital—£269 millionFebruary 2001
(rr) StourbridgeNone
(ss) ThurrockNone
(tt) Tyne BridgeNone
(uu) WallaseyNone
(vv) Wansbeck,Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland MH—£25 millionFebruary 2001
(ww) Waveney,None
(xx) West Lancashire,None
(yy) Wirral West,None
(zz) Wolverhampton North EastRoyal Wolverhampton Hospitals—£31 2 millionFebruary 2001
(aaa) Wolverhampton South EastNone

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