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Back Pain

Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the total public expenditure resulting from back pain in each of the last five years. [194075]

Dr. Ladyman: No estimate has been made.

Care Homes

Mr. Hepburn: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have been on the waiting list for care homes in (a) the Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) Tyne and Wear and (d) England in each year since 1997. [193634]

Dr. Ladyman: The information requested is not collected centrally.


Jon Cruddas: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) carers and (b) young carers of school age there are in the London borough of Barking and Dagenham. [194416]

Dr. Ladyman: The numbers of carers of all ages in the London borough of Barking and Dagenham, as recorded in the 2001 Census, are shown in the table.
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Table population: All people in households—Geographical level Barking and Dagenham

All peopleTotalProvides no careProvides care:
one to 19 hours
Provides care:
20 to 49 hours
Provides care:
50 or more hours
0 to 412,53012,530
5 to 77,4677,447173
8 to 94,9784,9194766
10 to 114,7484,67158910
12 to 146,3596,1991271320
16 to 174,4324,2111753412
18 to 194,0793,8471703923
20 to 2410,2849,6334749978
25 to 3426,00823,6371,487310574
35 to 4424,37621,0702,050472784
45 to 499,0177,3481,103217349
50 to 549,3397,4351,160282462
55 to 597,1715,688877207399
60 to 646,1415,113535142351
65 to 7412,04310,335721189798
75 to 848,9128,07128493464
85 to 891,7891,72651345
90 and over79978910

1. The term "unpaid care" covers any unpaid help; looking after or supporting family members; friends; neighbours or others because of long-term physical or mental ill-health or disability or problems related to old age.
2. Cells in this table have been randomly adjusted to avoid the release of confidential data.
2001 Census—Office for National Statistics (ONS) table S025—Sex and age by general health and provision of unpaid care.

Consultant Waiting Times

Tom Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time is in hospitals within the Greater London area for a person referred by a general practitioner to see a hospital consultant. [194141]

Dr. Ladyman: Information requested for the five London strategic health authorities is shown in the table.
Waiting times for first consultant outpatient appointment following general practitioner referral: London strategic health authorities (SHAs)—Quarter 1 2004–05

Strategic health authorityMedian waiting time (weeks)
North West London7.18
North Central London7.15
North East London7.51
South East London7.28
South West London6.63

Department of Health form QM08.

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Tom Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people living in Greater London have dementia; and how many of them are over the age of 65. [195367]

Dr. Ladyman: The information requested is not held centrally.

Tom Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) men and (b) women living in the Greater London area suffer from Alzheimer's disease. [195368]

Dr. Ladyman: The information requested is not collected centrally.


Andy Burnham: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many tooth extractions under general anaesthetic were carried out on children aged under 10 years in the last two years in each strategic health authority in England. [191277]

Ms Rosie Winterton [holding answer 20 October 2004]: The latest information available is shown in the table.
Main Operation (OPCS-4 Operative procedure code F09 or F10) tooth extractions
Count of finished consultant episodes (FCEs) by strategic health authority (SHA) of residence Age at start of episode = 0–9 NHS hospitals, England 2001–02 and 2002–03
Finished consultant episodes
SHA of Residence2001–022002–03
Q01Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire HA867820
Q02Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire HA546536
Q03Essex HA706960
Q04North West London HA863956
Q05North Central London HA473568
Q06North East London HA1,3861,473
Q07South East London HA1,4931,380
Q08South West London HA1,2371,261
Q09Northumberland, Tyne and Wear HA1,157861
Q10County Durham and Tees Valley HA509577
Q11North and East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire HA654542
Q12West Yorkshire HA1,8331,790
Q13Cumbria and Lancashire HA2,4482,548
Q14Greater Manchester HA3,4563,424
Q15Cheshire and Merseyside HA9481,049
Q16Thames Valley HA340383
Q17Hampshire and Isle Of Wight HA874723
Q18Kent and Medway HA401615
Q19Surrey and Sussex HA1,2061,052
Q20Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire HA2,0132,431
Q21South West Peninsula HA2,0722,257
Q22Dorset and Somerset HA903978
Q23South Yorkshire HA2,5412,646
Q24Trent HA1,3571,644
Q25Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland HA620428
Q26Shropshire and Staffordshire HA220172
Q27Birmingham and the Black Country HA913683
Q28Coventry, Warwickshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire HA379137
UEngland—not otherwise specified217
XForeign (Including Isle of Man and Channel Islands)1114
YNot known8672
England, NHS Hospitals32,54833,027

1. An FCE is defined as a period of admitted patient care under one consultant within one health care provider. Please note that the figures do not represent the number of patients, as a person may have more than one episode of care within the year.
2. Figures are grossed for both coverage and missing/invalid clinical data, except for 2002–03, which are not yet adjusted for shortfalls.
3. The main operation is the first recorded operation in the HES data set and is usually the most resource intensive procedure performed during the episode. It is appropriate to use main operation when looking at admission details, eg. time waited, but the figures for "all operations count of episodes" give a more complete count of episodes with an operation.
Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), Department of Health.

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Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average annual payment made by the NHS to a dentist working full-time and with a wholly NHS patient list was in the last year for which figures are available. [191761]

Ms Rosie Winterton: Information from which we could exclude national health service dentists with mixed private and NHS practices is not routinely available. In the year 2003–04, dentists with a significant NHS commitment received average gross income including payments such as seniority and commitment payments of about £150,000 in England and Wales. Gross payments to a dentist cover both net income to the dentist and the dentist's expenses.

Foundation Trusts

Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps have been undertaken by his Department to monitor progress in setting up (a) foundation hospitals and (b) foundation boards. [193332]

Mr. Hutton: The process of setting up national health service foundation trusts is set out in the Health and
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Social Care Act 2003. In summary, applicant NHS trusts must first obtain the Secretary of State's approval to submit an application to Monitor (whose statutory name is the independent regulator of NHS foundation trusts). To obtain this, applicants must demonstrate their suitability to go forward to be considered by Monitor by submitting their proposed human resources strategy, a service development strategy and their proposed governance arrangements (on which they must hold public consultation on their proposals).

Applicants that are successful can then apply to Monitor, which is responsible for authorising applications for NHS foundation trust status. As part of the authorisation process, Monitor must satisfy itself about an applicant's preparedness and viability and be satisfied that applicants have met the statutory requirements set out in the Act. Details of Monitor's requirements are outlined in its "Guide to Applicants", which is published on its website at Once authorised, it is the responsibility of Monitor to oversee the operation of NHS foundation trusts and to ensure they remain within their terms of authorisation and legislative framework.
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