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Ms Rosie Winterton: I confirm that preparations are on course for the introduction of new contractual arrangements for national health service dentistry by April 2006. The British Dental Association has welcomed our decision that full implementation of the reforms will now take place to a longer timescale.
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many extra dentists he plans to recruit; and how many of them he expects to (a) come from overseas recruitment and (b) be existing dentists returning to the NHS. 
Ms Rosie Winterton [holding answer 25 January 2005]: We plan to increase the number of dentists by 1,000 whole time equivalent by October 2005. This is based on approximately two thirds from domestic and overseas recruitment approximately one third from increased activity from existing national health service dentists, using the £50 million access funds made available for 200405.
Mr. Dobson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what percentage of the (a) doctors and (b) nurses employed by private diagnostic and treatment centres with contracts with the NHS were previously employed by the NHS. 
Mr. Hutton [holding answer 1 February 2005]: Independent sector treatment centres (ISTCs) adhere to a strict policy of additionality. ISTCs are not allowed to recruit any member of staff currently employed by, or employed during the previous six months, by the national health service. However, individuals are free to take employment in ISTCs provided that, they have not worked in the NHS during the preceding six-month period.
From 2005, the only entry qualification will be a BSc in audiology, which will provide sole access to the statutory register from 200809. From late 2005, all NHS audiologists will also be required to register with the Health Professions Council.
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research he has conducted into the levels of (a) dioxins and (b) PCBs found in (i) wild salmon, (ii) farmed salmon and (iii) flame retardants; and what figures were produced by that research. 
Miss Melanie Johnson: I am informed by the Food Standards Agency that samples of salmon were included in a survey for dioxins and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in marine fish carried out by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food during 199496 and a further study by the Food Standards Agency in 2003. The levels which were found are shown in the table.
|nanograms World Health Organisation Toxic Equivalent/kilogram fresh weight|
|(2003)||Farmed only (3)||0.50.8||1.52.0||2.02.8|
We have not conducted a survey of flame-retardants, which, like dioxins and PCBs, are environmental contaminants, in salmon, although a survey is currently looking at dioxins, PCBs and brominated flame-retardants in farmed and wild fish and shellfish.
Full details of drug rehabilitation units can be found on the National Treatment Agency's (NTA) residential services directory at www.nta.nhs.uk/residentialdirectory/index.html. The NTA has published this information from summer 2003. Data before this date are not available.
Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received from the independent regulator for foundation hospitals regarding an increase in borrowing limits by the hospitals. 
Monitor, the statutory name of which is the independent regulator of national health service foundation trusts (NHSFTs), is an independent corporate body established under the Health and Social
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Care (Community Health and Standards) Act 2003. It is Monitor's responsibility to authorise, monitor and regulate NHSFTs.
Monitor is required to make a prudential borrowing code (the code) for determining the limit on the total amount of borrowing by NHSFTs and to consult the Secretary of State and prospective NHSFTs before doing so in accordance with section 12 of the Act.
I am advised by the chairman of Monitor that the terms of a draft code were issued for consultation during the summer of 2004 and that Monitor's board considered the outcome at its formal meetings of 30 November 2004 and 26 January 2005. The chairman also consulted me on the terms of the draft code in December 2004 in my capacity as Minister with responsibility for NHSFT policy. I understand from the chairman that Monitor's board hopes to shortly finalise the code, following which it will be laid before Parliament at the earliest available opportunity in accordance with section 12(4) of the Act.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were on general practitioner lists in Southend-on-Sea in (a) 1990, (b) 2000 and (c) 2004; and if he will make a statement. 
Dr. Ladyman [holding answer 1 February 2005]: The number of patients registered with a general practitioner in the Southend-on-Sea area for 1990 is not held centrally. However, the numbers of patients registered with a GP for the years 2000 and 2003 (latest published data available) are shown in the table by primary care group (PCG) for the year 2000 and primary care trust (PCT) for the year 2003. However, the Department is not able to map boundary changes between PCGs and PCTs the PCG data are not directly comparable to the PCT data.
|Essex strategic health|
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the utility of existing health deprivation indicators for assessing the relative health deprivation of rural areas. 
A weighted capitation formula is used to determine each primary care trust's target share of available resources, which then inform allocations. Revenue funding is therefore allocated to primary care trusts on the basis of the relative needs of their populations.
The Department has recently carried out a substantial review of the weighted capitation formula and the new formula introduced from 200304 gives much greater
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weight to the needs of deprived communities. In this way, the new formula provides a better measure of health need in all areas.
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