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Caroline Flint: It is for local primary care trusts to take decisions on funding arrangements for the commissioning of services, including specialist allergy services, to meet the needs of their populations.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the effect that the
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change in funding for genito-urinary medicine by the West Hertfordshire Hospital Trust will have on sexual health provision in St. Albans. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: It is the responsibility of primary care trusts to ensure services, including sexual health, are provided which meet the needs of their local populations. I understand that West Hertfordshire Hospital National Heath Service Trust is undertaking a review of sexual health services, but that no final decision has yet been made.
David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of (a) gonorrhoea, (b) syphilis, (c) Chlamydia and (d) thrush have been diagnosed in the East Riding of Yorkshire in each of the last five years. 
|Condition descriptioncondition code||Sex||1999||2000||2001(21)||2002||2003|
|Primary and secondary infectious syphilisA1A2||Male||<5||<5||n/a||<5||<5|
|Uncomplicated Chlamydia infectionC4AC4C||Male||14||15||n/a||49||49|
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the rate of sickness absence in the NHS for (a) medical staff, (b) non-medical clinical staff and (c) all other staff was in each year since 1997. 
Mr. Byrne: The Department does not collect information on sickness absence rates in the national health service broken down by staff groups as requested. Information on rates of sickness absence for all staff groups is shown in the table.
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what her estimate is of the total number of deaths from smoking-related illnesses in people who are not smokers for the most recent period for which figures are available; and what proportion of these deaths she estimates were of people who worked in heavily smoke-filled environments. 
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Regional tobacco policy managers are integrated into the Government office for the regions to which they are appointed. Information on individual expenditure is not held centrally.
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Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many accredited specialists in physical medicine and rehabilitation there have been in each of the last 20 years; how many such specialists there were per 100,000 of the population in each of those years; and what evidence she has evaluated on proportions per 100,000 of population in (a) other EU countries and (b) other G7 countries. 
The table shows information on the headcount of hospital and community health services
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(HCHS) medical staff in rehabilitation medicine per 100,000 population in each year since 1990, the first year for which figures are available. The latest population data available are for 2003.
|HCHS medical staff||HCHS medical staff per 100,000 population||of which:|
|Consultants per 100,000 population||Associate specialist/staff grade||Associate specialist/staff grade per 100,000|
|Registrar group||Registrar group per 100,000 population||Senior house officer||Senior house officer per 100,000|
Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for Health which hospitals care for people who have suffered a stroke, but have yet to open a specialist stroke unit; and what the planned date is of the opening of each such unit which is to be provided at those hospitals. 
Of the four outstanding, three say they will be compliant by the end of July. The Department continues to have discussions with the strategic health authorities for all four trusts to ensure that they are compliant as soon as possible.
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