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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. 
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. 
|Trust name||Total episodes|
|Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust||36|
|North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust||71|
|The Hillingdon Hospital NHS Trust||43|
|Kingston Hospital NHS Trust||62|
|Ealing Hospital NHS Trust||53|
|Barking, Havering and Redbridge Hospitals NHS Trust||119|
|West Middlesex University NHS Trust||40|
|Queen Elizabeth Hospital NHS Trust||55|
|Bromley Hospitals NHS Trust||39|
|Whipps Cross University Hospital NHS Trust||77|
|Queen Mary's Sidcup NHS Trust||46|
|Guy's and St. Thomas' NHS Trust||94|
|The Lewisham Hospital NHS Trust||96|
|St. Mary's NHS Trust||69|
|Mayday Healthcare NHS Trust||71|
|St. George's Healthcare NHS Trust||85|
|King's College Hospital NHS Trust||144|
|Whittington Hospital NHS Trust||65|
|Newham Healthcare NHS Trust||54|
|Barts and The London NHS Trust||103|
|Chelsea and Westminster Healthcare NHS Trust||62|
|Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust||114|
|Homerton University Hospital NHS Trust||76|
|University College London Hospitals NHS Trust||60|
|North West London Hospitals NHS Trust||124|
|Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust||43|
|Epsom and St. Helier NHS Trust||46|
|Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Trust||28|
|Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals NHS Trust||52|
|Milton Keynes General Hospital NHS Trust||56|
|Frimley Park Hospital NHS Trust||42|
|South Buckinghamshire NHS Trust||36|
|Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust||79|
|Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust||94|
|Royal Berkshire and Battle Hospitals NHS Trust||56|
|Winchester and Eastleigh Healthcare NHS Trust||34|
|North Hampshire Hospitals NHS Trust||43|
|Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust||46|
|Kettering General Hospital NHS Trust||64|
|Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust||79|
|Stoke Mandeville Hospital NHS Trust||38|
|Medway NHS Trust||40|
|Worthing and Southlands Hospitals NHS Trust||45|
|Royal West Sussex NHS Trust||28|
|Isle of Wight Healthcare NHS Trust||26|
|Oxford Radcliffe Hospital NHS Trust||110|
|Ashford and St. Peter's Hospitals NHS Trust||54|
|Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust||51|
|East Kent Hospitals NHS Trust||103|
|Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust||62|
|East Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust||60|
|Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust||46|
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. 
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. 
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.
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. 
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 riskit 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.
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.
|Dental school||Number of|
|Number of students admitted each year|
|King's College, London||145||173||148||138||152||50||168||151|
|QMW (Barts and The London)||55||55||56||60||65||68||61||78|
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. 
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. 
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.
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. 
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 901WS, on NHS dentistry, how many patients will be able to register with the additional NHS dentists. 
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. 
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. 
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 201011. The chief dental officer will chair a working party to decide where the extra training places will be provided.
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