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Dr. Ladyman: Data are not available for the area requested. Information on the number of care homes for people aged 65 or over and for all adults aged 18 and over in Shropshire at 31 March for the years 1997 to 2001 is shown in the table.
I understand from the Chair of the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI) that figures for later years were collected by the National Care Standards Commission, and now CSCI, but comparable details are not available.
|At 31 March||65 and over||Total||65 and over||Total||Total|
Mr. Gale: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 27 January 2005, Official Report, column 553W, on the Healthcare Commission, how the Healthcare Commission has increased its capacity to handle the increased level of referrals; and how many cases are outstanding. 
Ms Rosie Winterton [holding answer 17 March 2005]: I understand from the Chairman of the Healthcare Commission that it has continued to receive a large number of requests from patients wanting their complaints independently reviewed, and is on track to receive about 9,000 complaints in the first year of this activity. This is up from 3,000 cases in 2003 under the previous system.
The Healthcare Commission has increased capacity by bringing in interim teams to help to deal with the complaints, and will have more than doubled the number of full-time permanent staff to 110 by the summer. Between 30 July 2004 and 28 February 2005, the Healthcare Commission received 5,338 requests for independent review, is reviewing 2,624 and has closed 877. A further 1,887 are outstanding.
Mr. Hutton: I understand from the Chairman of the Healthcare Commission that it has continued to receive a large number of requests from patients wanting their complaint independently reviewed, and is on track to receive about 9,000 complaints in the first year of this activity. This is up from 3,000 cases in 2003 under the previous system. The Healthcare Commission has increased capacity by bringing in interim teams to help to deal with the complaints, and will have increased the number of staff devoted to this function to 110 by the summer.
Miss Melanie Johnson: The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has advised me that between 1991 and 2004, 1,950,757 embryos were created, of which 78,505 were donated for research purposes. Data on embryos created for research is not routinely collected by the HFEA. However, information obtained by the HFEA from licensed centres suggests that approximately 370 embryos have been created for research purposes since 1991.
Data on the HFEA's register is currently being audited to improve the accuracy of the information available. It may, therefore, be subject to further amendment following completion of the modernisation programme in March 2006.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 21 February 2005, Official
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Report, column 162W, on Leeds Community and Mental Health Trust, whether the bed occupancy rate for 200304 includes patients occupying the beds of other patients on leave. 
Miss Melanie Johnson: Bed availability and occupancy are measured at midnight so by definition there cannot be more than one patient occupying a bed. A bed allocated to a patient on home leave would be recorded as not available and therefore not occupied. If the bed is subsequently made available for another patient, it would be recorded as available and occupied. In this way, occupancy never exceeds 100 per cent.
Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the rate of low birth-weight babies in England compared with other countries in Western Europe. 
Dr. Ladyman: The incidence of low birth-weight babies has increased across Europe, particularly in England, which has a high incidence. In part, this is the result of advances in maternal and neonatal care which save premature babies who would not have survived in the past. There are also a number of avoidable causal factors associated with low birth-weight, which we are addressing through a range of initiatives to promote access to wholesome nutrition, enhanced health care prior to and during pregnancy and the adoption of healthier lifestyle choices.
Mr. Hutton: The Department provides a programme of support, including direct financial support to applicants preparing for national health service foundation trust status. It does not, however, hold information on the level of resources or the way in which resources are used by applicants in preparing for foundation status, as it is for each trust to determine how resources are best spent. Costs vary from trust to trust depending on individual circumstances of the organisation and its state of readiness.
|National health service trust||Total||General and acute||Acute||Geriatric||Mental illness||Learning disability||Maternity|
|199798||Leicestershire Mental Health Service NHS Trust||515||||||||515|||||
|Fosse Health, Leics. Community NHS Trust||570||408||171||237||48||114|||
|199899||Leicestershire Mental Health Service NHS Trust||516||||||||516|||||
|19992000||Leicestershire and Rutland Healthcare NHS Trust(51)||1,087||407||171||237||565||114|||
|200001||Leicestershire and Rutland Healthcare NHS Trust(51)||1,421||401||240||161||765||255|||
|200102||Leicestershire and Rutland Healthcare NHS Trust(51)||921||||||||662||259|||
|200203||Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust||871||||||||612||259|||
|200304||Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust||887||||||||628||258|||
Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the change in the number of mental health patients presenting at accident and emergency departments over the last eight years; and if he will make a statement. 
Ms Rosie Winterton:
The Department has not made a formal assessment of changes in the number of patients attending accident and emergency departments with mental health problems. However, we have encouraged local services to make improvements in the support available for people in mental health crises and we published guidance for A and E staff that provides practical support to improve the care of patients with mental ill health who access emergency care services. The guidance is available on the Department's website at www.dh.gov.uk/PublicationsAndStatistics/Publicat ions/PublicationsPolicyAndGuidance/PublicationsPoli cyAndGuidanceArticle/fs/en?CONTENT_ID=408141 5&chk=PZrfPQ
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In addition, the Department provided incentive money in the current financial year for trusts that made progress to integrate elements of their crisis services. 80 per cent. of trusts were awarded the one-off payment of £200,000 following an assessment of their progress and performance by strategic health authorities.
Mr. Truswell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff were employed by the Leeds Community and Mental Health Trust and its successor trust in each year since 1992, broken down by staff group. 
|All medical and dental staff||161||209||174||165||220|
|Total non-medical staff (HCHS only)||3,662||3,849||3,675||3,562||3,665|
|Professionally qualified clinical staff total||1,651||1,724||1,755||1,758||1,802|
|Support to clinical staff total||1,301||1,369||1,137||1,070||1,150|
|Support to doctors and nurses||1,227||1,294||1,065||1,000||1,086|
|Support to ST&T staff||74||70||68||66||61|
|Support to ambulance staff||0||5||4||4||3|
|NHS infrastructure support||691||742||769||723||704|
|Hotel, property and estates||208||201||238||227||210|
|Senior managers and managers||78||83||81||68||71|
|Other/unknown staff total||19||14||14||11||9|
|All medical and dental staff||218||219||209||156||181|
|Total non-medical staff (HCHS only)||3,830||4,177||2,160||2,299||2,543|
|Professionally qualified clinical staff total||1,820||1,996||903||992||1,021|
|Support to clinical staff total||1,265||1,319||696||819||1,010|
|Support to doctors and nurses||1,197||1,238||677||804||996|
|Support to ST&T staff||63||75||19||15||14|
|Support to ambulance staff||5||6||0||0||0|
|NHS infrastructure support||736||857||561||488||512|
|Hotel, property and estates||203||211||183||150||138|
|Senior managers and managers||89||126||116||82||78|
|Other/unknown staff total||9||5||0||0||0|
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