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Carers Equal Opportunities Act

Dr. Francis: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what mechanisms she is developing with the National Assembly for Wales Government to assess andshare good practice in the implementation of the Carers Equal Opportunities Act 2004 in England and Wales; [9418]

(2) when the policy and practice guidance on the implementation of the Carers' Equal Opportunities Act 2004 will be issued. [9420]

Mr. Byrne: The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) is currently working on a web-based practice guidance to link with Departmental policy guidance. As SCIE covers England and Wales, this material will be relevant to both countries.

The Department hopes to publish the policy guidance for the Carers' Equal Opportunities Act 2004 by the end of July 2005. SCIE plans to produce the practice guidance and to publish it online in September 2005.

Dr. Francis: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what mechanisms will be put in place to assess the impact of the Carers Equal Opportunities Act 2004. [9421]

Mr. Byrne: The number of carers receiving assessments is increasing year-on-year. From 2004–05, new data will be collected on the outcomes of carer's assessments as well as the number of assessments. However, there are currently no specific plans to monitor precisely what service a carer receives as a result of their assessment.


Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations she has received from (a) doctors and (b) nurses in support of (i) assisted suicide and (ii)voluntary euthanasia. [9606]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The Department has received regular correspondence over the last year on assisted suicide and voluntary euthanasia expressing a range of views and opinions. Correspondents do not necessarily include details of their profession.

Food Poisoning (West Midlands)

Mr. Michael Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of food poisoning there have been in each local authority in the west midlands in each of the last 10 years. [8977]

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Caroline Flint: The number of notified cases of food poisoning in each local authority in the west midlands in each of the last 10 years is shown in Table 1.

Total notifications for the west midlands have shown a decrease since 1997.

Notified cases of food poisoning are not considered to be a reliable indicator of food-borne disease, due to considerable under-reporting. Very few notified cases will be based on evidence supporting a suspected association with food.
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The Health Protection Agency has estimated that, in 2000, there may have been as many as 1.3 million cases of food-borne disease acquired in England and Wales, of which around 370,000 consulted a doctor 1 . In that year, only 86,528 cases of food poisoning were notified in England and Wales.

The annual totals of laboratory-confirmed cases of Campylobacter" and Salmonella" in the west midlands in the years 1995–2004 are shown in Table 2.

Table 1: Notifications of food poisoning from the west midlands region(33)(5508010034)

Local authority name1996199719981999200020012002200320042005(35)Total
Cannock Chase20352324346015814714450695
East Staffordshire84107861661621219113897421,094
Hereford UA357312459202118185205581,896
Malvern Hills267304224204227199166182184602,017
Newcastle under Lyme161176143151167173149159129471,455
North Shropshire16218512015314714211611185311,252
North Warwickshire96118164141130136987579301,067
Nuneaton and Bedworth88140142115145152113137140721,244
Shrewsbury and Atcham221220246194224214157180165491,870
South Herefordshire5098148
South Shropshire137116658611410270839339905
South Staffordshire131165166184269314223222146591,879
Staffordshire Moorlands27301912616513911510610540872
Stoke on Trent435435
Stoke on Trent UA403361367399451319333308973,038
Stratford on Avon63158201212222222232187219871,803
Tarn worth817180751107182615420705
Telford and Wrekin UA227231272296228203245951,797
The Wrekin286335621
Wyre Forest155160171212197231171223180791,779

(33)Data gaps are due to changes in the boundaries and re-organisation of some local and unitary authorities in 1997 and 1998.
(34)The data presented in the table represent the number of cases notified in each area. The figures have not been adjusted for population.
(35)Provisional data, for weeks 01/2005 to 24/2005 only.
Notifications of infectious diseases (NOIDS)—29/06/2005.

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Table 2: Laboratory-reported cases of campylobacter and salmonella in the west midlands region, 1995–2004

Region: west midlandsCampylobacterSalmonella(37)

(36)Provisional data (may be subject to further change).
(37)From Health Protection Agency Salmonella dataset
Health Protection Agency centre for infections, environmental and enteric diseases department, England and Wales.

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General Practitioners

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Healthhow many full-time equivalent general medical practitioners there were in each primary care trust in London on average in (a) 1997, (b) 2001 and (c) 2004, broken down by (i) single handed and (ii) two or more partner general practitioner practices; and what percentage these practices represented of the total number of general practitioner practices in each year. [8012]

Jane Kennedy: The information requested has been placed in the Library.

Mr. Francois: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many general practitioners are practising in South Woodham Ferrers, Essex; and what the size of the patient list at each practice is. [9317]

Jane Kennedy [holding answer 6 July 2005]: The number general practitioners, GP practices, number of patients and average list size providing services to the residents of South Woodham Ferrers are shown in the table.
Average list size of general medical practitioners, excluding retainers and registrars(38), and GP practices for specified organisations
As at 30 September 2004    Number (headcount)
Primary care trustAll practitioners (excluding retainers and registrars)(38)PatientsAverage list sizeGP practices
Billericay, Brentwood and Wickford78143,2841,83720
Castle Point and Rochford91175,0191,92327
Maldon and South Chelmsford4781,4601,73315

(38)General medical practitioners (excluding retainers and registrars) includes contracted GPs, general medical service (GMS) others, and personal medical service (PMS) others.
National Health Service Health and Social Care Information Centre GMS and PMS statistics.

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many general practitioners there have been in the Southend primary care trust area in each year since 1997. [9966]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The table shows the number of general practitioners in the Southend area, with information for Southend on Sea primary care group (PCG) for 1999 and 2000 and then for its successor organisation, Southend on Sea primary care trust (PCT) for 2001 to 2004.
General medical practitioners (excluding retainers and registrars)(39) for specified organisations: 1999–2004
Numbers (headcount)

4KH89Southend On Sea PCG8484(41)(41)(41)(41)(41)
5AKSouthend On Sea PCT(41)(41)827987111103

(39) General medical practitioners (excluding retainers and registrars) includes contracted GPs, general medical service (GMS) others and personal medical service (PMS) others. Prior to September 2004 this group included GMS unrestricted principals, PMS contracted GPs, PMS salaried GPs, restricted principals, assistants, salaried doctors (Para 52 SFA), PMS other, flexible career scheme GPs and GP returners.
(40)As at December
(41)Denotes data not applicable
Data as at 1 October 1999–2000, 30 September 2001–04 and 31 December 2004.
NHS Health and Social Care Information Centre GMS and PMS statistics.

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