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Greater Manchester Surgical Centre

Mr. Stringer: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) on what date he expects the Greater Manchester Surgical Centre to open; [201871]

(2) what assessment he has made of the impact on hospitals in Greater Manchester of the Greater Manchester surgical centre. [201872]


 
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Miss Melanie Johnson: The Greater Manchester strategic health authority reports that the Greater Manchester surgical centre will see its first patients for pre-operative assessment in January 2005, with treatment beginning in February. The centre expects to treat 44,800 patients over the next five years.

The centre will provide additional capacity, which will help other hospitals in the area to improve their waiting lists and waiting times.

Health Services (Lewisham, Deptford)

Joan Ruddock: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) doctors and (b) nurses were employed by the NHS in health facilities in the Lewisham, Deptford constituency in (i) 1997, (ii) 2001 and (iii) 2004. [201100]

Dr. Ladyman: The information is not available in the format requested. Information for Lewisham hospital NHS trust and Lewisham primary care trust is shown in the following table for the years 1997, 2001 and 2003, which is the latest year available.
Hospital, public health medicine and community health services (HCHS) doctors, general medical practitioners (excluding retainers), nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff and GP practice nurses for specified organisations

1997
Of which:
Of which:
All doctorsHCHS doctors(35)General Medical Practitioners (excluding retainers)(36)NursesNursing, midwifery and health visiting staffGP practice nurses
QO7South East London3,6632,79586810,84510,338507
Of which:
RJ2Lewisham hospital NHS Trust(37)202(37)(37)848(37)
5LFLewisham PCT(37)(38)(37)(37)(38)(37)

2001

Of which:
Of which:
All doctorsHCHS doctors(35)General Medical Practitioners (excluding retainers)(36)NursesNursing, midwifery and health visiting staffGP practice nurses
QO7South East London4,2793,37590412,12211,533589
Of which:
RJ2Lewisham hospital NHS Trust269269(38)906906(38)
5LFLewisham PCT159(38)15993(38)93

2003

Of which:
Of which:
All doctorsHCHS doctors(35)General Medical Practitioners (excluding retainers)(36)NursesNursing, midwifery and health visiting staffGP practice nurses
QO7South East London4,5143,53597914,44013,930510
Of which:
RJ2Lewisham hospital NHS Trust279279(38)1,0851,085(38)
5LFLewisham PCT1761016644835593


(35) Excludes hospital medical hospital practitioners and hospital medical clinical assistants, most of whom are GPs working part-time in hospitals.
(36) All practitioners (excluding retainers) includes GMS practitioners, PMS practitioners, GP registrars.
3 Denotes not available.
(37) Denotes zero.
Notes:
1. GP retainers were first collected in 1999 and have been omitted for comparability purposes.
2. PCTs did not come into existence until 1 April 2000, prior to this data was only available at health authority level which does not compare with present day organisational structure.
3. Data as at 30 September each year except GP and practice nurse data as at 1 October 1997.
Sources:
1. Department of Health General and Personal Medical Services Statistics
2. Department of Health Medical and Dental Workforce Statistics
3. Department of Health Non-Medical Workforce Census





 
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Health White Paper

Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the percentage of pubs in the (a) Northern region and (b) Tees Valley area which serve food which will cease to do so when the smoking ban is implemented. [201503]

Miss Melanie Johnson: In the White Paper we estimated that 10 to 30 per cent. of pubs in England might fall into the category of "do not prepare food". A regional breakdown of this figure has not been made. We believe that with food providing an increasing proportion of most pubs' turnovers, it is reasonable for the Government to proceed on the assumption that it makes good business sense for pub owners to continue to serve food. We will consult widely on this area in drawing up the detailed legislation.

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research he has commissioned on the introduction of a food signposting system as described in the White Paper, Choosing Health, Cm 6374, paragraph 26; and when he expects this research will be completed. [199457]

Miss Melanie Johnson: On Thursday 25 November the Food Standards Agency published research showing that consumers would strongly support a front of pack signposting scheme to make informed and healthier food choices easier. The research tested five signposting options, two of which consumers felt had significantly more promise than the others. The Agency will now work with stakeholders to examine a number of these options in more detail to identify which is most likely to be helpful in practice.

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects the competency framework for NHS professionals outlined in Choosing Health, Cm 6374, paragraph 16, to become part of the training programme; whether it will include all NHS staff; and if he will make a statement. [199469]

Miss Melanie Johnson: The implementation of this and a number of other initiatives announced will be covered in a delivery plan for the White Paper to be published early in 2005.

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the evidential basis is for the statement in the White Paper, Choosing Health, Cm 6374, paragraph 77, that profitability of providing food will outweigh any incentive for pub owners to stop serving food in order to exclude their premises from a ban on smoking. [199471]

Miss Melanie Johnson: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, South and Cleveland, East (Dr. Kumar) today.

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority

Mr. Key: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many copies of the Annual Report of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) were printed; and how many (a) hits and (b) unique visits were made to the annual report pages on the HFEA website in the four days following its publication. [200635]

Miss Melanie Johnson: The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has advised that 1,500 copies of its 2003–04 annual report were printed. The
 
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report appeared on the HFEA's website on the afternoon of 25 November. During the following four days, 26 to 29 November, a total of 513 hits were made on the website to view the report. Data is not available on the number of unique visitors. Copies of the report are available in the Library.

Jobs Website

Mr. Allan: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the companies which submitted bids to his Department to develop and run the jobs.nhs.uk website project. [200748]

Mr. Hutton: The companies which submitted bids were:

Mr. Allan: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what charges have been paid by NHS organisations for the use of the jobs.nhs.uk website to date; and how much he expects to be receiving from NHS organisations for use of the website in (a) 2005–06 and (b) 2006–07. [200751]

Mr. Hutton: The Department has not made any charges and does not expect to do so. We are providing this as a central service to the national health service. Responsibility for managing the service will move to the NHS employers' organisation from April 2005.


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