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Children's Health Services

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health which hospitals operate children's accident and emergency departments. [185404]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The Department does not collect this information in the form requested.

Mr. Dawson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what changes in funding for children's health services he intends to make as a consequence of the 2004 Spending Review. [186071]

Dr. Ladyman [holding answer 22 July 2004]: In the 2004 spending review, my right hon. Friend, the Chancellor of the Exchequer confirmed sustained high levels of investment in the national health service of 7.1 per cent., in real terms. The large majority of this funding will be allocated directly to primary care trusts and it will be local decision making that determines the level of investment required to achieve national standards and meet local priorities.


Mr. Cameron: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations the Government have received about the availability of chiropractic treatment on the NHS; and if he will make a statement. [185501]

Miss Melanie Johnson: The only representation we have received so far this year on this subject was from the hon. Member for Witney (Mr. Cameron) on behalf of a constituent. I replied on 9 May.

Chlamydia/Ectopic Pregnancies

John Cryer: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list (a) the rate for the detection of chlamydia and (b) the rate of ectopic pregnancies for each of the hospital trusts in London and the South East in the last year for which figures are available. [182779]

Miss Melanie Johnson: Information on the rate of detection of chlamydia for each hospital trust in London and the South East is not available.

Data on ectopic pregnancies are shown in the table:
Number of hospital episodes with a primary diagnoses of ectopic pregnancy (ICD10 Code 000), 2002–03

Trust nameTotal episodes
Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust36
North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust71
The Hillingdon Hospital NHS Trust43
Kingston Hospital NHS Trust62
Ealing Hospital NHS Trust53
Barking, Havering and Redbridge Hospitals NHS Trust119
West Middlesex University NHS Trust40
Queen Elizabeth Hospital NHS Trust55
Bromley Hospitals NHS Trust39
Whipps Cross University Hospital NHS Trust77
Queen Mary's Sidcup NHS Trust46
Guy's and St. Thomas' NHS Trust94
The Lewisham Hospital NHS Trust96
St. Mary's NHS Trust69
Mayday Healthcare NHS Trust71
St. George's Healthcare NHS Trust85
King's College Hospital NHS Trust144
Whittington Hospital NHS Trust65
Newham Healthcare NHS Trust54
Barts and The London NHS Trust103
Chelsea and Westminster Healthcare NHS Trust62
Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust114
Homerton University Hospital NHS Trust76
University College London Hospitals NHS Trust60
North West London Hospitals NHS Trust124
Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust43
Epsom and St. Helier NHS Trust46
South East
Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Trust28
Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals NHS Trust52
Milton Keynes General Hospital NHS Trust56
Frimley Park Hospital NHS Trust42
South Buckinghamshire NHS Trust36
Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust79
Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust94
Royal Berkshire and Battle Hospitals NHS Trust56
Winchester and Eastleigh Healthcare NHS Trust34
North Hampshire Hospitals NHS Trust43
Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust46
Kettering General Hospital NHS Trust64
Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust79
Stoke Mandeville Hospital NHS Trust38
Medway NHS Trust40
Worthing and Southlands Hospitals NHS Trust45
Royal West Sussex NHS Trust28
Isle of Wight Healthcare NHS Trust26
Oxford Radcliffe Hospital NHS Trust110
Ashford and St. Peter's Hospitals NHS Trust54
Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust51
East Kent Hospitals NHS Trust103
Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust62
East Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust60
Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust46

Hospital Episode Statistics
Produced by SD3G

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Continuing Care

Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many primary care trusts have successfully implemented the Single Assessment Process as outlined in Standard Two of the National Service Framework for Older People; and if he will make a statement. [185993]

Dr. Ladyman: Localities were required to complete an audit of progress regarding their implementation of the single assessment process for older people up to 1 April
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2004. Progress reports should have been forwarded by localities to strategic health authorities (SHAs) by the end of June. SHAs have a further three months to take stock of the reports and approach individual localities over issues of significant concern.

Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 8 June 2004, Official Report, column 361W, on continuing care, on what date the report of the review of NHS continuing care will be published. [186304]

Dr. Ladyman: I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave on 8 June 2004, Official Report, column 361W and also to the written ministerial statement I made on 22 June 2004, Official Report, column 78WS.

Cosmetic Surgery

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 8 July 2004, Official Report, column 800W, on cosmetic surgery, if he will accept the Select Committee's recommendation that health warnings be placed on all advertising for cosmetic surgery. [184209]

Dr. Ladyman: The Government's response to all the recommendations in the Health Select Committee's fifth report on the regulation of private and other independent healthcare was published on 3 December 1999. Copies are available in the Library.

The Government did not support the Committee's recommendation that health warnings be placed on all advertising for cosmetic surgery. As the Committee noted, all surgery carries an element of risk—it is not exclusive to cosmetic procedures. It is the professional duty of all surgeons to discuss with each patient the possible risks, to secure informed consent.


Mr. Baron: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many training places were available in dental schools for trainee dentists in each year since 1991. [184210]

Ms Rosie Winterton [holding answer 15 July 2004]: The quota of training places available for dentists in dental schools in England shown in the table has remained unchanged since the last dental workforce review conducted in 1987. Information on the number of dentists admitted to dental schools, which is available from 1997 and is included in the table, shows that intakes have increased. On 16 July, we announced that funding would be provided for an extra 170 undergraduate dental training places in England from October 2005.
Number of training places available in England

Dental schoolNumber of
training places
Number of students admitted each year
King's College, London14517314813815250168151
QMW (Barts and The London)5555566065686178

(70) Provisional figures.

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Dr. Murrison: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spent on the recent returning to NHS dentistry advertisements in national newspapers; how many advertisements have been placed; for what period of time; what other media are being used to urge dentists to return to working in NHS dentistry; what budget this spending will come from; and what indicators he will use to test the effectiveness of this advertising campaign. [184570]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The Department has spent around £120,000 on media for this campaign. Five different case studies of dentists who have returned to national health service work or joined the "Keeping in Touch" scheme have been used in 15 insertions in some national and professional press titles and magazines. Press is the only advertising medium being used, but free information leaflets have been produced for enquirers. Information is also available from the NHS careers service helpline and website.

The campaign started on 30 June and will continue throughout August in some monthly titles. The effectiveness of the campaign will be judged by the numbers of calls to the response line and by applications to join the "Keeping in Touch" scheme.

Mr. Brady: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether it is his Department's policy to allow newly qualified dentists from other EU countries to practise in the UK where their training has included no clinical experience. [185826]

Ms Rosie Winterton [holding answer 22 July 2004]: Dentists, who are nationals of and who qualified in a European Economic Area (EEA) State, are entitled to automatic recognition throughout the EEA on the basis that their qualifications must comply with specified minimum training requirements, which include mandatory practical instruction. Where these requirements are not met, recognition may be subject to proof of a specified minimum period of professional experience.

Mr. Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients have moved from NHS to private dental treatment in the last seven years. [185860]

Ms Rosie Winterton: This information is not held centrally but, in its report, "The private dentistry market in the UK", the Office of Fair Trading estimated that the private dentistry market was valued at over £1 billion in 2001, with 7 million people regularly receiving private dental treatment. We accept that the difficulties people have in accessing national health service dentistry in some areas has contributed to the growth in private dentistry. To address this problem, we are undertaking the most significant reform of NHS dentistry since the inception of the NHS. On 16 July, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State, announced that an extra £368 million has been allocated to recruiting 1,000 more dentists, funding an extra 170 training places for
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undergraduates in dental schools and increasing the overall expenditure on primary care NHS dental services by 19 per cent. Commissioning of these services is to be devolved from the Department so that, from October 2005, each primary care trust will have a duty to provide and secure the dental care it considers necessary to meet all reasonable requirements of its population.

Mr. Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the average distance a person from the BB7 postcode area would need to travel to see a NHS dentist if he were to register on 19 July with the nearest available dentist. [185869]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The average distance to a general dental service surgery is 1.51 miles for people living in the BB7 postcode area.

Mr. Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people are on waiting lists to register with a NHS dentist. [185870]

Ms Rosie Winterton: There are no official waiting lists to register with a National Health Service dentist, although some primary care trusts may keep lists of people who have indicated that they wish to register.

Mr. Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his written statement of 16 July 2004, Official Report, columns 90–1WS, on NHS dentistry, how many patients will be able to register with the additional NHS dentists. [185872]

Ms Rosie Winterton [holding answer 22 July 2004]: We estimate that 1,000 whole-time equivalent dentists, who we plan to recruit to the national health service by October 2005, will be capable of treating two million people who cannot at the moment access a NHS dentist.

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 12 July 2004, Official Report, column 934W, on NHS dentistry, what assessment he has made of the impact of shortages of dentists accepting NHS patients on levels of emergency hospital admissions for dental treatment. [186199]

Ms Rosie Winterton: Very few dental emergencies require hospital admission. People requiring urgent dental treatment are advised to telephone NHS Direct. Reports indicate that some 93 per cent. of callers to NHS Direct are being advised of available sources of national health service dentistry within locally agreed standards and about 19,000 people a month are doing so.

Mr. Brady: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the UK schools of dentistry that have agreed to increase their undergraduate places in (a) 2004 and (b) 2005, broken down by number of places. [185825]

Ms Rosie Winterton [holding answer 22 July 2004]: We are providing an extra 170 extra undergraduate dental training places in England from October 2005,
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supported by £80 million capital expenditure over four years and revenue funding reaching £29 million by 2010–11. The chief dental officer will chair a working party to decide where the extra training places will be provided.

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