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International Medical Graduates

Mr. Nicholas Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many applications from international medical graduates applying for training posts in the UK there have been in each year since 1997; and what proportion of such applications were successful. [19926]

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Mr. Byrne: Information on the number of applications from international medical graduates applying for training posts in the United Kingdom since 1997 and the proportion that were successful is not collected centrally.

Junior Doctors

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many junior doctors are currently unable to complete their training due to a lack of senior house officer posts. [18775]

Mr. Byrne: Information on the number of junior doctors who are currently unable to complete their training because they have been unable to find a senior house officer post is not collected centrally.

A snapshot survey of postgraduate deaneries established that as at early August 2005, 136 pre-registration house officers (PRHOs) in England did not have a substantive SHO or equivalent post to move to upon the expiry of their PRHO contract. This number had reduced to around 100 by early September 2005 and we expect it to have reduced further as more SHO opportunities become available.

Keith Amos (Complaint)

Mr. Paul Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the complaint made by Keith Amos of Marlow (ref. C200503–002) will be referred to a case manager for independent review; and if she will make a statement. [20356]

Jane Kennedy: I understand from the chairman of the Healthcare Commission that this complaint was assigned to a case manager on 21 October 2005. The case manager will contact Mr. Amos to discuss the process for the independent review of his complaint.

Liverpool Hospitals (Funding)

Mrs. Ellman: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has for additional funding for (a) Liverpool Royal University Hospital and (b) Liverpool Royal Children's Hospital at Alderhey. [20417]

Mr. Byrne [holding answer 21 October 2005]: Revenue allocations are made to primary care trusts (PCTs) on the basis of the relative needs of their populations. A weighted capitation formula is used to determine each PCTs target share of available resources, to enable them to commission similar levels of health services for populations in similar need.

It is for PCTs to determine how to use the funding allocated to them to commission services to meet the healthcare needs of their local populations.


Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was made available by her Department for research into effective treatment of Lupus in each of the past five years; and if she will increase future funding levels. [22343]

Mr. Byrne [holding answer 27 October 2005]: The information requested is not available.
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The main part of the Department's expenditure on health research is allocated to, and managed by, national health service organisations. Details of individual projects supported in the NHS, including a significant number concerned with lupus, can be found on the national research register on the Department's website at:

Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were diagnosed with lupus in England in each of the past five years. [22345]

Mr. Byrne [holding answer 27 October 2005]: We do not collect data on the number of people diagnosed with lupus.

Estimates suggest the number of new cases per year at 38 per million population.


Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to ensure all cancer and non-cancer related lymphoedema patients, receive an early diagnosis and a suitable level of care. [20730]

Mr. Byrne: Patients with lymphoedema are able to access a range of national health service and social care services, tailored to meet their individual needs, to help them manage their condition. It is for health professionals in primary care organisations, in
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consultation with other stakeholders, to determine which services their populations require and ensure the appropriate level of provision.

The national service framework (NSF) for long-term conditions, while specifically aimed at people with neurological conditions, is relevant for people with all long-term conditions, including lymphoedema. The NSF addresses a range of key issues including the need for equitable access to a range of services; good quality information and support for patients and carers; the ability to see a specialist and get the right investigations and diagnosis as quickly as possible.


Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in (a) Greater London, (b) Essex and (c) Romford have been diagnosed with meningitis in each year since 1997. [18009]

Ms Rosie Winterton: Information on the total number of notifications of meningitis, by each cause, and meningococcal septicaemia since 1997 in Greater London, Essex and Havering, which includes Romford, is shown in the table, These notifications are based on clinical diagnosis only, rather than confirmation by laboratory analysis.

Please note that separate data on the number of cases in Romford is not available.
Statutory Notifications—Meningitis

1997Meningitishaemophilus influenzae85
1997Meningitisother specified23255
1997Meningococcal septicaemia132159011
1998Meningitishaemophilus influenzae222
1998Meningitisother specified19164
1998Meningococcal septicaemia125810015
1999Meningitishaemophilus influenzae11
1999Meningitisother specified8155
1999Meningococcal septicaemia1351112222
2000Meningitishaemophilus influenzae552
2000Meningitisother specified10193
2000Meningococcal septicaemia138611825
2001Meningitishaemophilus influenzae24
2001Meningitisother specified211102
2001Meningococcal septicaemia783977
2002Meningitishaemophilus influenzae4102
2002Meningitisother specified6123
2002Meningococcal septicaemia442544
2003Meningitishaemophilus influenzae92
2003Meningitisother specified1291
2003Meningococcal septicaemia502408
2004Meningitishaemophilus influenzae26
2004Meningitisother specified116
2004Meningococcal septicaemia231354

1. Romford (Essex) is within the London borough of Havering (London Region).
2. Essex (County) is within Eastern Region but does not include Romford (Essex).
Health Protection Agency Centre for Infections Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre.

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