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Care Standards

Mr. Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether an individual applying for approval under the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Act 2003 is required to undergo separate Criminal Records Bureau checks in respect of applications to different offices of the Care Standards Commission. [206639]

Dr. Ladyman: Where people who have already obtained a satisfactory Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) disclosure move to a new position which involves contact with adult service users, they are required to obtain another CRB check. Similar provisions apply in relation to working with children. The Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI) office which deals with relevant applications depends on the location of the service where the individual will work.

When an existing registered provider wants to open a similar service in another part of England, they will need to register this with the CSCI. This means that they will be subject to the registration regulations and as part of these requirements would require a new CRB check.

The way in which CRB applications are dealt with by the CSCI should be consistent across England.


Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the saving to public funds made as a result of the work of private carers. [211312]

Dr. Ladyman: This Government recognise the valuable and vital role played by the estimated 6,000,000 carers in the United Kingdom. The Government have
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made no estimate of the savings to public funds resulting from the activities of people who provide care on a voluntary basis.

Criminal Record Bureau Checks

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what system is in place for the transfer of Criminal Record Bureau checks on NHS employees between NHS organisations. [209031]

Mr. Hutton: Guidance is in place for the transfer of employee Criminal Record Bureau checks between national health service organisations. Detailed implementation issues are the responsibility of the NHS Employers Organisation, from which further information can be sought. Details of the organisation and its responsibilities are available from its website at


Dr. Murrison: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when his Department expects to publish its review of patient dental charges. [204269]

Ms Rosie Winterton: We are considering the report from Harry Cayton's Working Group and hope to publish it later this year as part of a consultation on the new charging system.

Mr. Ben Chapman: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his reply of 9 December 2004, Official Report, column 752W, on dentistry, if he will make a statement on the reasons evinced by the British Dental Association for not attending the meetings of 8 and 12 December 2004; and what follow-up action the Department plans to take. [207770]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The British Dental Association (BDA) has stressed the need to ensure that dental practices and primary care trusts (PCTs) have sufficient time to prepare for implementation of the new contractual arrangements. They have welcomed our decision that full implementation of the reforms will now take place to a longer time scale, with the new arrangements to be introduced no later than April 2006. Our new timetable will allow more dentists to move to new ways of working through the personal dental services scheme, enable public consultation on key aspects of the new contract and allow more time for PCTs to prepare for their new roles. If the BDA wishes, we would be happy to resume discussions with it within this new time scale.

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 16 December 2004, Official Report, column 1311W, on dentistry, how many dentists were on the register at 24 November 2004 including those who were not accepting any new patients for registration or occasional treatment. [208312]

Ms Winterton: On 24 November 2004, there were 19,840 dentists in the general and personal dental service. This is the number of dentists recorded by the Dental Practice Board as principal dentists in the general dental service on primary care trusts lists and their assistants and personal dental service dentists.

My reply to the hon. Member of 16 December referred to dental practices rather than individual dentists. The source was
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Departmental Costs

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the total costs to his Department of consultancy and professional services in each year since 1997. [200606]

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total cost to his Department was for the use of external consultants in each of the last two years. [200778]

Ms Rosie Winterton: Expenditure by the Department on external consultancy and professional services in each year since 1997 is shown in the following table.
£ million

Financial yearExpenditure

Departmental Policy (Portsmouth, North)

Syd Rapson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will set out, with statistical evidence relating as closely as possible to Portsmouth, North constituency, the effects of changes to departmental policy since 1997 on Portsmouth, North constituency. [207973]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The Government have put in place a programme of national health service investment and reform since 1997 to improve service delivery in all parts of the United Kingdom. There is significant evidence that these policies have yielded considerable benefits for the Portsmouth, North constituency.

For example:

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Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were treated for depression in each of the last five years. [210216]

Ms Rosie Winterton: Information is not available in the requested format.

The Department provides hospital episode statistics (HES) data which relates to diagnostic information for in-patients in national health service hospitals. During their course of treatment over a period of time, patients may have a number of episodes of care which are counted each time they have a stay in hospital. Information relating to diagnosis where a patient is still under the care of a hospital consultant is not recorded.

Information on the number of finished consultant episodes for patients with a primary diagnosis of depression or recurrent depression in each of the last five years in NHS hospitals in England is shown in the table.

The data excludes people treated on an outpatient basis and patients who have received treatment solely in primary care.
Finished consultant episodes (FCEs) for patients with a primary diagnosis of depression (F32), or recurrent depression (F33)broken down by age in NHS hospitals in England

Children (0 to 15)260210240250280
Adolescents (16 to 18)560520510510510
Not known3090805010

(44)Figures are grossed for both coverage and missing/invalid clinical data, except for 2002–03 and 2003–04, which have not yet been adjusted for shortfalls in data.
1.Figures have been rounded to the nearest 10.
2.A FCE is defined as a period of admitted patient care under one consultant within one healthcare provider. The figures do not represent the number of patients as a person may have more than one episode of care within the year.
3.The primary diagnosis is the first of up to 14 (seven prior to 2002–03) diagnosis fields in the HES dataset and provides the main reason why the patient was in hospital.

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