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Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate she has made of the cost to the NHS in England in a year of treating (a) prostate, (b) mouth and (c) facial skin cancer. 
Ms Rosie Winterton [holding answer 5 July 2005]: Information on the costs of treating individual tumours is not collected centrally. Latest information indicates that nearly £3.4 billion was spent by primary care trusts in financial year 200304 in treating all cancers.
Mrs. Dean: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to issue guidance on effective commissioning for those in the public and voluntary sectors who are commissioning work from external consultants. 
Jane Kennedy: The Department provides detailed procurement guidance to its staff, with a direct link to the successful delivery toolkit, as explained by my hon. Friend the Financial Secretary to the Treasury (John Healey), in his reply of 27 June 2005, Official Report, column 1286W.
The National Health Service Purchasing and Supply Agency, together with the Office of Government Commerce, has awarded a series of framework agreements to provide specialist business, professional and information technology consultancy and services to the NHS. This can allow trusts to streamline certain elements of the procurement process.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list the hospitals which (a) have
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introduced liquid-based cytology and (b) are scheduled to introduce liquid-based cytology over the next year. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: Since the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence published its appraisal of liquid based cytology (LBC) in October 2003, the following hospitals have introduced LBC for cervical screening:
Steve Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will estimate the percentage of the population with no decayed, missing or filled teeth, broken down by (a) age and (b) social class, in each year since 1990. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: Dental health surveys are carried out every 10 years. For adultsthose aged 16 and overthe last survey was for 1998 and the results are published in Adult Dental Health Survey. Oral Health in the United Kingdom 1998" ISBN 0116212683. That report contains analyses by age and by social class of the head of household, which includes the percentage of adults who are dentate and the percentage of dentate adults who have 24 or more sound and untreated teeth. The results are shown in Tables 1 and 2.
Adults who are dentate
|Dentate adults with 24 or more sound and untreated teeth|
|65 and over||56||1|
Social class of head|
|Adults who are dentate||Dentate adults with 24 or more sound and untreated teeth|
|I, II, III NM||93||18|
For children, the dental health surveys were carried out in 1993 and 2003. The report for the year 2003, which, like the adult survey, records encouraging improvements in oral health, is available on the website of the Office for National Statistics at www.statistics.gov.uk/children/dentalhealth/. The report includes a separate report entitled, Social factors and oral health in children", which shows decay experience results for 1993 and 2003 for 12 and 15-year-old children. The percentages of children with obvious decay experience in those years are shown in Tables 3 and 4.
|12-year-olds in 1993||12-year-olds in 2003||15-year-olds in 1993||15-year-olds in 2003|
Sir Paul Beresford: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps her Department is taking to recruit dentists in (a) Greece, (b) Portugal, (c) Germany, (d) Spain and (e) India; and what intermediary organisations are being used. 
Ms Rosie Winterton [holding answer 20 June 2005]: In Greece, Portugal, Germany and Spain and India smaller numbers of dentists, typically between five and 15 at a time, are being recruited compared with those from Poland (230). No contracts have been set with a recruitment company for activity in Greece, Portugal, Germany, Spain or India.
In Germany and Spain, a desk officer in the British Consulate advises interested dentists of the recruitment process. In India, a desk officer based in the British High Commission advises dentists who passed the International Qualifying Exam Part A in India this year of the recruitment process. In Greece and Portugal, recruitment events have been held by the Department.
Ms Rosie Winterton: Primary care provided by independent general dental practitioners (GDPs) forms the major element of national health service dental services. Most GDPs operate within the national terms of the general dental service (GDS), although some have opted to provide similar patient services under local contracts agreed with their primary care trust (PCT) as part of the recently introduced personal dental service (PDS). Under the GDS, the main costs are the individual treatment fees, including patient registration payments, payable to dentists; under the PDS, dentists are usually paid a regular contract value for a defined level of NHS commitment. The gross cost of GDS fees and PDS contract payments in the area of the Milton Keynes PCT are shown in the table.
Expenditure on community and hospital dental services is determined by the relevant local NHS body and expenditure on services in the Milton Keynes area alone is not identifiable from data available centrally.
|Gross GDS dental fees (21)||6.484||6.867||6.572|
|Gross PDS payments||0||0||(22)0.097|
Mr. Lancaster: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what has been the cost of running the Milton Keynes dental access centres in the last three years; and how much capital expenditure there was on setting up these centres. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The dental access centres in Milton Keynes are commissioned by the primary care trust and full cost information is not held centrally. However, the Department has made the following central contributions to the cost of this service over the last three years, which is shown in the table.
Mr. Lancaster: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients have been treated (a) by NHS general dental practitioners and (b) at dental access centres in Milton Keynes in each of the last three years. 
|GDS and PDS patients||Dental access centre patients||Patients who attended both||Total patients|
Ms Rosie Winterton: As at 31 May 2005, there were three registered dentists within Hertford and Stortford parliamentary constituency with a personal dental services contract. Hertford and Stortford parliamentary constituency is covered by South East Hertfordshire Primary Care Trust (PCT) and Royston, Buntingford and Bishops Stortford PCT.
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