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Paediatric Services

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what targets exist for the recruitment of doctors working in paediatric specialities. [194244]


 
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Mr. Hutton: There are no national targets for the recruitment of doctors working in paediatric services. Since 1997, the number of consultants working in paediatric specialties rose from 1,321 to 2,032 by June 2004, an increase of 54 per cent.

Pain Relief

Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people are registered in England to attend (a) pain clinics and (b) appointments with consultants for pain relief on a regular basis. [197833]

Mr. Hutton: Information is collected centrally on the number of attendances at consultant out-patient clinics for pain management, including both first and follow-up appointments. The latest information available is for the first quarter of 2004–05, when there were 66,079 attendances in England.

Prescription Charges

Mr. Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to change the prescription charge. [197803]

Ms Rosie Winterton: Prescription charge costs in England are reviewed annually and any changes introduced in April. In recent years, increases in charge
 
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costs have been below the rate of inflation. Currently, 86 per cent. of prescription items are dispensed in the community free of charge.

Primary Care Trust (Newcastle-under-Lyme)

Paul Farrelly: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the budget of Newcastle-under-Lyme Primary Care Trust has been in each year since its establishment. [198572]

Dr. Ladyman: The table shows the allocations and cash increases to Newcastle-Under-Lyme Primary Care Trust for each year since its establishment in 2002.
Allocation (£ million)Cash increase (percentage)
2002–0383.19.5
2003–0491.38.6
2004–0599.89.3
2005–06108.89.0

Psychiatric Care

Tom Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many full-time equivalent (a) psychiatrists and (b) psychiatric nurses are employed in each of the primary care trusts that cover the Geater London area. [197702]

Dr. Ladyman: The information requested is shown in the tables.
NHS hospital and community health services: qualified psychiatric nurses employed in the London Government office region, by strategic health authority and primary care trust as at 30 September 2003

whole-time equivalent
Total psychiatric nursesCommunity psychiatryOther psychiatry
London total26063197
Q04North West London SHA
5HXEaling PCT110
5ATHillingdon PCT22152169
5LAKensington and Chelsea PCT110
Q05North Central London SHA
5A9Barnet PCT606
5K7Camden PCT817
5C9Haringey PCT211
5K8Islington PCT826
Q06North East London SHA
5C5Newham PCT211
5NCWaltham Forest PCT202
Q07South East London SHA
5A7Bromley PCT440
5A8Greenwich PCT303
Q08South West London SNA
5A5Kingston PCT202
5LGWandsworth PCT101




Source:
Department of Health non-medical workforce census.





Hospital, public health medicine and community health services: medical and dental staff within the psychiatry group of specialties, by strategic health authority and primary care trust (PCT) within the London Government office region

Whole-time equivalents
September 2003June 2004
All staff—of whichConsultantConsultant
London482327
North Central LondonQ05
Enfield PCT5C1412
Haringey PCT5C91(40)(40)
Islington PCT5K8557
North West LondonQ04
Brent PCT5K5411
Ealing PCT5HX111
Hammersmith and Fulham PCT5H1211
Harrow PCT5K6211
Hillingdon PCT5AT1999
Hounslow PCT5HY111
Westminster PCT5LC1(40)(40)
South East LondonQ07
Bromley PCT5A7211
South West LondonQ08
Kingston PCT5A5622
Sutton and Merton PCT5M7(41)0(40)(40)


(40) Denotes zero.
(41) Denotes more than zero, less than one.
Note:
Data for June 2004 is taken from the medical and dental workforce mini census, which collected consultants only.
Source:
Department of Health medical and dental workforce census.





 
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Residential Homes

Tom Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to review the cost of care in residential homes that is paid for by residents of homes. [195901]

Dr. Ladyman: Care homes are private businesses and the fees residents pay are negotiated between the care home and the person or organisation that pays the fees. Residents with less than £20,000 in savings are entitled to help with these costs and residents with less than £12,250 have their care paid for by social services.

In assessing a resident's ability to pay, local authority social services use the National Assistance Act (Assessment of Resources) Regulations 1992.

The next set of amendments to the National Assistance (Assessment of Resources) Regulations will come into force in April 2005. We will be consulting on changes to the Regulations and the accompanying Charging for Residential Accommodation Guide, the guidance to local authorities which helps them to apply the regulations, later this year.

School Nurses

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many school nurses are employed in each primary care trust area. [197958]

Dr. Ladyman: The information requested is not available. Information on the number of school nurses employed in the national health service will be collected in the September 2004 non-medical work force census, and we intend to publish the data in February 2005.

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what services are offered by school nurses. [197992]

Dr. Ladyman: School nurses provide health services to school aged children with a particular emphasis on health improvement. The role includes monitoring the health of children and young people, delivering health promotion and immunisation programmes, providing one to one health advice and contributing to the
 
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curriculum. School nurses also provide nursing care to support pupils with medical needs in school. The service varies according to local priorities and needs and the contribution of other practitioners.

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many school nurses there are per school age pupil. [197993]

Dr. Ladyman: The information requested is not available. Information on the number of school nurses employed in the national health service will be collected in the September 2004 non-medical work force census and we intend to publish the data in February 2005.

Smoking

Tom Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent measures his Department has taken to increase the awareness in schools in the Greater London area of the dangers of smoking. [195366]

Mr. Stephen Twigg: I have been asked to reply.

All pupils learn about the dangers of smoking as a statutory part of the National Curriculum Science Order and the non-statutory framework for Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE).

In 2003–04 we rolled out a programme of certification for PSHE teachers to improve their knowledge and expertise, including a specialist module for drug, alcohol and tobacco education. Already over 600 teachers have participated and there is funding for up to 3,000 teachers in 2004–05. The National Healthy Schools Standard (NHSS) supports the teaching of drug, alcohol and tobacco education and currently over 14,000 schools are participating. We aim to recruit all schools with a 20 per cent. or more free school meals entitlement to the NHSS by 2006.

Although there is currently no pan-London project specifically on smoking, many of the local NHS Stop
 
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Smoking Services are working with schools in their area to provide support and information to teachers, pupils, and school nurses.


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