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Medical Staff Numbers

Mr. Maude: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) nurses of all grades, (b) junior physiotherapists, (c) senior physiotherapists, (d) diagnostic radiographers, (e) therapeutic radiographers, (f) senior managers, (g) managers and (h) allied health professionals were employed in NHS hospitals in (i) West Sussex, (ii) Surrey, (iii) Durham, (iv) the East Riding of Yorkshire and (v)each strategic health authority in each of the last eight years. [7912]

Mr. Byrne: The information requested as at 30 September each year since 1997 has been placed in the Library.

Mental Health

Ms Abbott: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the implications of Delivering Race Equality for the training of (a) psychiatrists and (b) other mental health professionals. [8945]

Ms Rosie Winterton: Delivering Race Equality in Mental Health Care" (DRE) was published in January 2005. It is clear on the need for all those involved in planning or providing mental health services for black and minority ethnic communities to receive training in cultural sensitivity. This could include religious and linguistic needs, care and recovery planning, needs assessment and community engagement.

To support this training, the National Institute for Mental Health in England (NIMHE) and the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health have developed 10 essential shared capabilities that everyone working in mental health care should achieve during pre-qualification training. The Department and NIMHE will issue further guidance, for example, on education and training for the new community development workers described in DRE shortly.

Paul Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospital admissions on mental health grounds in the past three years have resulted from the use of (a) pharmaceutical drugs, (b) heroin, (c) cocaine, (d) cannabis, (e) alcohol, (f) nicotine, (g) khat and (h) magic mushrooms. [10849]

Ms Rosie Winterton: Number of admissions under mental illness specialties with a primary diagnosis (ICD-10) of a mental or behavioural disorder due to psychoactive substance abuse or poisoning caused by drugs, for the years 2001–02 to 2003–04 are shown in the table.
Type of drug2001–022002–03(46)2003–04(46)
Pharmaceutical drugs330390380

(46)Figures for years 2002–03 and 2003–04 have not yet been adjusted for shortfalls in data and/or clinical error. Therefore, the data is ungrossed.
Hospital episode statistics, National Health Service Health and Social Care Information Centre.

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Myasthenia Gravis

Mr. Chaytor: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate she has made of the number of individuals in England suffering from myasthenia gravis; what guidance her Department has issued to NHS trusts in respect of support for those diagnosed with the disease; and if she will make a statement. [11215]

Mr. Byrne: We do not make estimates of the number of individuals suffering from specific conditions.

The recently published national service framework for long-term conditions provides guidance on delivering health and social care support for those people with long-term conditions, including myasthenia gravis.


Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to improve the care offered to those with myeloma. [12603]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The Government are committed to providing high-quality cancer services across the country, irrespective of cancer type. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has been commissioned to continue the improving outcomes series of guidance to ensure there is a comprehensive package of cancer services guidance covering all cancers.

The NICE improving outcomes in haematological cancers guidance was published in October 2003 and addresses multiple myeloma.

The Department is also considering referring the drug Velcade for the treatment of multiple myeloma to NICE for appraisal.

NHS Research Ethics Committees

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many members sit on NHS research ethics committees; and whether she plans to introduce payment for their services. [10031]

Jane Kennedy: An estimated 1,900 members currently sit on NHS Research Ethics Committees (RECs) in England. At present members are paid expenses for attending meetings. The Government have recently published the report of the ad hoc advisory group on the operation of NHS RECs, which includes the following as one of its recommendations

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The National Patient Safety Agency will prepare an implementation plan for the report's recommendations which will be subject to public consultation.

NHS Staff (Assaults)

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what date the national reporting system for physical assaults on NHS staff was established; and on what date she first expects data collected under the scheme to be published. [10022]

Jane Kennedy: In April 2003, the NHS Security Management Service (NHS SMS) was created and assumed policy and operational responsibility for the management of security in the national health service, including work to tackle violence against NHS staff.

On 20 November 2003, the NHS SMS introduced a comprehensive range of measures to tackle incidences of violence against NHS staff, both proactively and reactively, including the establishment of a national reporting system for physical assaults. Work is currently taking place to audit and validate data relating to physical assaults so that for the first-time ever the NHS will have accurate information on the true nature, scale and extent of this matter; it is expected that this will be completed later this year and results will be released thereafter.

Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff employed by West Hertfordshire Hospital Trust were assaulted while on duty in the year (a) 2000, (b) 2001, (c) 2002, (d) 2003 and (e) 2004; and how many prosecutions resulted from these assaults. [10782]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The table shows the number of reported violent incidents against national health service staff in the West Hertfordshire Hospital Trust for the years 2000–01, 2001–02 and 2002–03. The information is from the violence, accidents and harassments in the NHS survey. As the survey has been discontinued, figures for 2004 are not available. The Department does not collect information about the number of prosecutions resulting from violent assaults.
NHS hospital and community health services: recorded incidents of violent attacks and assaults on staff within West Hertfordshire Hospital Trust in each specified period

Number of recorded incidents

1.Covers 1 April to 31 March for specified years.
2.The data collection was discontinued in 2003.
Survey of violence, accidents and harassments in the NHS.

Patients' Forums

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients' forums there were (a) in total and (b) in each strategic health authority area in the most recent year for which figures are available; and how many members community health councils had in each (i) in total and (ii) by strategic health authority area in the last year of their existence. [9312]

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Ms Rosie Winterton: There are 572 patient and public involvement forums in England, one for each primary care trust and national health service trust. On the 4 July 2005, there were 4,838 members. Figures about the number of forum members by strategic health authority areas are not available centrally. Information about the number of community health council members is not available.

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