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Mr. Hutton: General practitioner earnings are currently estimated to increase by 8.8 per cent. in the financial year 200304, 10.8 per cent. in 200405 and 12 per cent. in 200506. The figures for 200304 and 200405 are based on information for Great Britain. The 200506 figures are based on information for the whole of the United Kingdom.
Brian Cotter: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish the responses to the consultation on draft regulations to allow the NHS to re-coup costs under the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Act 2003. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The consultation exercise has only recently ended and we are still analysing the responses. It would therefore be premature to make any announcements on next steps or to make the responses publicly available at this stage. When we have completed our analysis, we will in due course publish a summary of responses in accordance with the provisions of the Government's code of practice on consultations. At that time, we will make the responses themselves available in the Library.
Revenue allocations to cover the period 200304 to 200506 were announced in December 2002. There will be no changes to the primary care trust allocations for 200304 to 200506. The next round of allocations for 200607 and 200708 will be announced shortly.
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Mr. Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on (a) building and (b) renovation programmes for hospitals in (i)Romford, (ii) the London borough of Havering, (iii)Greater London, (iv) Essex and (v) England. 
Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) headcount and (b) whole time equivalent mental health social workers have been (i)approved to practise and (ii) in employment in the NHS in each of the last eight years. 
Dr. Ladyman: While this is not data collected for the Department, according to a survey that was undertaken by the Royal College of Psychiatrist's research unit, there are 4200 approved social workers (ASWs) whole-time equivalent (4500 total) currently trained.
|ASWs at 30 September||Social workers on ASW|
courses at 30 September
|Numbers||Percentage of all field social workers||Numbers||Percentage of all ASWs|
The provision of single-sex accommodation is measured as compliance with three objectives set by the Department. These objectives require national health service trusts to provide single-sex sleeping areas, separate bathroom and toilet facilities for men and women and, where appropriate, safe facilities for the mentally ill. The separation of male and female sleeping areas can be achieved in a variety of ways, including combinations of single rooms and single-sex bays.
The small number of NHS trusts which do not yet meet our standards are building new hospitals, the construction of which is well advanced. One such NHS trust is located within the North West of England, in the area overseen by the Cheshire and Merseyside Strategic Health Authority. I am informed that the non-compliant area is one temporary ward, which is being used to accommodate patients while the redevelopment works are completed within the main hospital. This temporary accommodation will be taken out of use by May 2005.
Mr. Gray: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of whether an increase in the availability of MRI scans will require an increase in (a) the number of staff in neurology departments and (b) the amount of resources available to neurology departments. 
Mr. Hutton: To support the increase in the availability of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanning we are increasing staff and ensuring that patients can get faster and better access to neurology services.
Since September 1997, the number of consultants in neurology has increased by 56 per cent., and we are working towards increasing their numbers further by expanding the number of specialist registrar (SpR) opportunities in the specialty. In addition, the number of nurses employed in the national health service has increased by 77,500 since 1997 and there are now around 1,250 general practitioners with special interests providing acute services in clinical specialities, including neurology. The new national MRI mobile scanning units are also adding over 15 per cent., more diagnostic capacity to the NHS and the independent sector will provide additional staff to ease pressure on existing NHS diagnostic teams.
It is the responsibility of primary care trusts (PCTs), in partnership with local providers, to assess the needs of their local community, to commission services and to identify the resources and number of professional staff that they need to deliver those services. The increase in the acquisition of MRI scans is an excellent opportunity to consider different methods of delivery and different skill mix solutions.
Mr. Hutton: The publication date for the 200608 revenue and central budget allocations has not yet been finalised. We expect to publish the 200608 primary care trust allocations within the next few weeks.
Ms Rosie Winterton:
An Implementation Framework for Reconfiguring the Department of Health's Arm's Length Bodies", published on 30 November 2004, made it clear that the new body will be the main processing facility responsible for payment, reimbursement, remuneration and reconciliation for national health service patients, employees and other affiliated parties. It will represent a merger of four constituent bodies: the Dental Practice Board, the NHS Counter Fraud and Security Management Service, the NHS Pensions Agency and the Prescription Pricing Authority. It is intended that the new body should be established formally by 1 October 2005 and a transition team is working to this timetable.
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Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) total budget and (b) administration budget was for each (i) NHS region in each year from 1997 to 2002 and (ii) strategic health authority in each year since they were established. 
Mr. Allen: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) doctors and (b) nurses were employed by (i) the Nottingham City Primary Care Trust, (ii) the Nottingham City Hospital NHS Trust, (iii) the Queen's Medical Centre NHS Trust and (iv) other bodies (A) on 1 April 2000 and (B) on the latest date for which figures are available. 
|Trent Strategic Health Authority (SHA) area||4,380||16,289||4,844||18,922|
|Nottingham City: Central Primary Care Group (PCG)||51||41||n/a||n/a|
|Nottingham City: North and West PCG||76||57||n/a||n/a|
|Nottingham City: South and East PCG||59||49||n/a|||
|Nottingham Health Authority||16||||n/a||n/a|
|Nottingham Community Health National Health Service Trust||55||884||n/a||n/a|
|Nottingham Healthcare NHS Trust||114||765||n/a||n/a|
|Nottingham City Primary Care Trust||n/a||n/a||192||853|
|Nottingham City Hospital NHS Trust||313||1,508||421||1,770|
|Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham University NHS Trust||555||1,787||724||2,040|
|Total specified organisations||1,239||5,091||1,343||4,663|
Mr. Hutton: There are 164 permanent staff currently employed by the national health service university (NHSU) and 186 non permanent staff, giving a total of 350 employees. We do not have details of the ethnic breakdown of all 350 employees at the NHSU. The table shows the breakdown of employees at NHSU who have provided this information.
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|Any other mixed background||1|
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) total budget and (b) administration budget has been set for the NHS Institute for Learning, Skills and Innovation in each of the next five years. 
Mr. Hutton: Work is under way to establish the new national health service Institute for Learning, Skills and Innovation in 2005 and its budget will be set as part of this work and the continuing work on the review of arm's length health bodies.
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