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Royal Berkshire Hospital

Mr. Rob Wilson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make funding available for the employment of a specialist allergy consultant at the Royal Berkshire Hospital. [5386]

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.

Sexual Health

Anne Main: 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. [5102]

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. [3596]

Mr. Byrne: The information requested is shown in the following table.
Reports of selected sexually transmitted diseases by sex. East Yorkshire primary care trust (PCT): 1999–03(20)

Condition description—condition codeSex199920002001(21)20022003
Primary and secondary infectious syphilis—A1A2Male<5<5n/a<5<5
Uncomplicated gonorrhoea—B1B2Male<5<5n/a11<5
Uncomplicated Chlamydia infection—C4AC4CMale1415n/a4949
Anogenital candidosis—C7AMale<55n/a<5<5

(20) Source KC60 returns.
(21) Data for 2001 incomplete.
1. < = less than or equal to.
2. The data refers to the number of diagnoses made at genitor-urinary medicine services within the PCT.

Sickness Absence

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. [5561]

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.
Sickness absence rates in the NHS in England

Percentage rate


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. [5592]

Caroline Flint: I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave on 15 June 2005, Official Report, columns 517–18W.

Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the estimated expenditure by (a) regional tobacco policy managers and (b) their regional offices is in 2005–06. [5610]

Caroline Flint: In 2005–06, £2 million has been allocated to the regional public health groups' budgets to support work on tobacco control. This information is shown in the following table.
RegionAmount (£000)
North East170
Yorkshire and Humber214
North West260
West Midlands219
East Midlands192
South East258
South West206

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. [1619]

Mr. Byrne: 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.

Between 1996 and 2004, the number of HCHS medical staff working in rehabilitation medicine has increased from 130 to 226 and the number of consultants has doubled to 118 in this period.

International comparisons are not collected for rehabilitation medicine.
Hospital, Public Health Medicine and Community Health Services (HCHS): Medical staff within the rehabilitation medicine specialty, showing number per 100,000 population—England at 30 September each year
Number (headcount) and number per 100,000 population

HCHS medical staffHCHS medical staff per 100,000 populationof which:
Consultants per 100,000 populationAssociate specialist/staff gradeAssociate specialist/staff grade per 100,000

Registrar groupRegistrar group per 100,000 populationSenior house officerSenior house officer per 100,000

n/a—denotes not available. Population data for 2004 are not yet available.
(22) Denotes zero
NHS Health and Social Care Information Centre medical and dental workforce census.

Stroke Care

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. [4222]

Mr. Byrne: The latest information collected by the Department suggests that four national health service trusts do not currently have specialised stroke services in place. All other trusts now do.

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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