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Digital Hearing Aids (Bedfordshire)

Mrs. Dorries: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time for digital hearing aids was in (a) the County of Bedfordshire and (b) England in 2004–05. [11018]

Mr. Byrne: This information is not held centrally.

Domiciliary Care

Mr. Crabb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) under what circumstances a local authority can refuse to disregard housing costs and council tax when calculating charges for domiciliary care; [5643]

(2) whether local authorities in England are required to disregard housing costs and council tax when calculating charges for domiciliary care. [5645]

Mr. Byrne: The Department issued guidance Fairer Charging for Home Care and other non-residential Social Services" to all local councils in November 2001, revised in September 2003. It stated that where councils charge for domiciliary care services they should take into account the income of the service user. Paragraph 80vii of the guidance explains that income should be assessed net of housing costs and council tax.

The guidance was issued under section seven of the Local Authority Social Services Act 1970. In the case Regina v. Islington London borough council ex parte Rixon (1998), the Court took the view that councils must follow such guidance unless they had a good reason not to.

Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation (Leeds)

John Battle: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to increase funding for drug and alcohol rehabilitation in (a) Leeds West, (b) Leeds and (c) West Yorkshire. [1726]

Mr. Byrne: For drug treatment services, allocations from the pooled drug treatment budget for this year and the next two years are shown in the tables.
Allocation for Leeds, which includes Leeds West

Amount (£)Percentage increase over previous year
2005–064,974,000n/a
2006–077,041,00041.55
2007–087,948,00012.88




n/a = Not available.





 
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Allocation for West Yorkshire, which includes; Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield

Amount (£)Percentage increase over previous year
2005–0613,479,000n/a
2006–0719,338,00041.55
2007–0821,828,00012.88




n/a = Not available.




Additional funding is spent on drug treatment from mainstream funding, but the Department does not collect this information centrally.

All funding for alcohol treatment is via the mainstream and the Department does not collect this information centrally.

Emergency Response Services

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost of each response to an emergency call by (a) an emergency care practitioner and (b) a fully-equipped ambulance has been in the most recent period for which figures are available. [10024]

Mr. Byrne: This information is not collected centrally.

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many fully-equipped ambulances have been operated by NHS Ambulance Trusts in England in each year since 1997; and if she will estimate the size of the fleet in 2010. [10025]

Mr. Byrne: This information is not collected centrally.

As a result of the Department's strategic review of ambulance services, we expect the number of ambulance vehicles to increase over the next few years. The size of the fleet and fleet mix will vary across the country depending on operational and geographical requirements.

Finished Consultant Episodes

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many finished consultant episodes there were where obesity was the primary diagnosis in (a) each NHS region, (b) each strategic health authority and (c) England in each year since 2002–03. [10178]

Caroline Flint: The information requested is shown in the tables.
Count of finished consultant episodes where primary diagnosis is obesity for data year 2002–03 and 2003–04

Region2002–032003–04
England1,4421,898
Unknown22
Northern and Yorkshire348493
Trent164157
West Midlands102169
North-west241301
Eastern5696
London258348
South East156201
South West95133









 
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Count of finished consultant episodes where primary diagnosis is obesity for data year 2002–03 and 2003–04, by strategic health authority

Strategic health authority2002–032003–04
Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire4263
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire2021
Essex1612
North West London5980
North Central London5197
North East London3234
South East London5880
South West London5857
Northumberland, Tyne and Wear6881
County Durham and Tees Valley2026
North and East Yorkshire and N Lincolnshire66142
West Yorkshire199243
Cumbria and Lancashire1729
Greater Manchester91165
Cheshire and Merseyside133110
Thames Valley2716
Hampshire and Isle of Wight106147
Kent and Medway*19
Surrey and Sussex14*
Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire5570
South West Peninsula3335
Dorset and Somerset*28
South Yorkshire107111
Trent3532
Leicestershire, Northumberland and Rutland2121
Shropshire and Staffordshire1754
Birmingham and the Black Country72111
West Midlands (Coventry, Warwickshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire)13*




Note:
Due to reasons of confidentiality, figures between one and 10 have been suppressed and replaced with '*' .
Source:
Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), Health and Social Care Information Centre




General Practitioners

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many GP vacancies there have been in each of the last five years; and how many applicants there were for each vacancy. [7197]

Mr. Byrne: The requested information is shown in the table. The increase in vacancies over this period arises from the increase in new general practitioner principal posts as the GP workforce has been expanded. The estimated three-month vacancy rate showing hard-to-fill GP principal posts decreased between 2003 and 2004.
All reported GP vacancy numbers in England, 2000 to 2004

England total reported vacanciesAverage number applicants of per vacancy
20001,1438.5
20012,3456.9
20022,4874.4
20033,2453.3
20043,0763.7




Notes:
1. Numbers relate to GP principal vacancies occurring at any time in the 12 month survey period of 1 April to 31 March each year.
2. Numbers were collected directly from primary care trusts (PCTs) from 2003; previous years' vacancy numbers were collected from health authorities. Over this period, a varying, small number of PCTs and health authorities did not respond to the survey.
Source:
Department of Health GP recruitment, retention and vacancy surveys, 2000 to 2004.





 
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Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many general practitioners there were in each strategic health authority area per (a) 100,000 weighted population and (b) 100,000 unweighted population in the most recent period for which figures are available. [10028]

Mr. Byrne: The information requested is shown in the table.
General medical practitioners (excluding retainers and registrars)1 by strategic health authority per 100,000 unweighted population2, and per 100,000 weighted population3, as at 31 December 2004—England

Number (headcount)
All practitioners (excluding retainers and registrars)1All practitioners (excluding retainers and registrars)1 per 100,000 unweighted population2All practitioners (excluding retainers and registrars)1 per 100,000 unweighted population3
England31,79863.7863.81
North East
Q10County Durham and Tees Valley75165.4858.42
Q09Northumberland, Tyne and Wear92766.5859.64
North West
Q15Cheshire and Merseyside1,54065.4159.62
Q13Cumbria and Lancashire1,17761.3356.96
Q14Greater Manchester1,52660.2954.36
Yorkshire and the Humber
Q11North and East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire1,03763.2063.16
Q23South Yorkshire82764.9959.76
Q12West Yorkshire1,39766.6564.02
East Midlands
Q25Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland89456.5362.26
Q24Trent1,62860.9659.17
West Midlands
Q27Birmingham and The Black Country1,40161.6356.98
Q26Shropshire and Staffordshire87958.7658.56
Q28West Midlands South97462.8264.32
East of England
Q02Bedford and Hertfordshire1,00161.9967.43
Q03Essex93257.1960.28
Q01Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire1,47566.4868.49
London
Q05North Central London81166.4670.86
Q06North East London92160.1660.80
Q04North West London1,17664.8070.08
Q07South East London1,00766.6169.71
Q08South West London84664.5673.12
South East
Q17Hampshire and Isle of Wight1,13563.1667.29
Q18Kent and Medway91257.0058.23
Q19Surrey and Sussex1,64463.9566.84
Q16Thames Valley1,32962.9171.38
South West
Q20Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire1,61973.8978.09
Q22Somerset and Dorset88673.4172.59
Q21South West Peninsula1,14671.5768.34


(36) General medical practitioners (excluding retainers and registrars) includes contracted GPs, GMS others and PMS others.
(37) ONS population data as at 2003
(38) Department of Health populations adjusted for age and need using components of the weighted capitation formula
Sources:
1. NHS Health and Social Care Information Centre General and Personal Medical Services Statistics
2. 2001 ONS Population Census
3. Department of Health





 
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Mr. Paterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many full-time equivalent GPs are practising in each of the major towns of the North Shropshire constituency. [10934]

Mr. Byrne: The information requested is not held centrally. Shropshire and Staffordshire Strategic Health Authority reports that the number of whole-time equivalent (wte) general practitioners practising in major towns in North Shropshire is as shown in the table.
TownWte GPs
Clive3.50
Baschurch3.00
Shawbury2.00
Ellesmere4.50
Hodnet2.50
Market Drayton8.00
Wem/Prees5.25
Whitchurch6.75


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