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Numbers of physiotherapy training commissions broken down by strategic health authority (SHA) have been collected since 200203. Training commissions in 200102 are shown by regional office area.
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|Northern and Yorkshire||309|
|Avon, Gloucester and Wiltshire||135||135||130|
|Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire||35||38||75|
|Birmingham and Black Country||92||100||122|
|Cheshire and Merseyside|||||||
|Cumbria and Lancashire||253||324||314|
|County Durham and Tees Valley||57||71||72|
|Devon and Cornwall||159||158||65|
|Hampshire and Isle of Wight||36||67||68|
|Kent, Surrey and Sussex||121|||||
|Kent and Medway||||2||3|
|Leicester, Northamptonshire and Rutland|
|North Central London|||||||
|North East London|||||||
|North East Yorkshire and Northern|
|Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridge||58||78||76|
|Northumberland, Tyne and Wear||67||76||85|
|North West London||0||0|||
|Dorset and Somerset||||23||23|
|Shropshire and Staffordshire||90||90||94|
|South East London||377||393||414|
|South West London|||||||
|Surrey and Sussex||||132||116|
|West Midlands South||108||103||104|
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the effectiveness of vacuum-assisted closure machines for the treatment of pressure ulcers; whether she plans to instruct the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence to examine the effectiveness of such machines; what other steps she is taking to prevent the development of pressure ulcers in patients in hospitals; and if she will make a statement. 
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence published new clinical guidance on pressure ulcer management in September 2005. This comprehensive guidance includes appraisals on the effectiveness of a wide range of options for the prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers, including vacuum-assisted closure methods.
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Reducing the incidence of pressure sores in hospitals is tackled locally through the development and implementation of individualised plans for prevention and treatment agreed and delivered by a multidisciplinary team working with patients and their carers.
Mr. Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the number of redundancies which may arise from the reorganisation of primary care trusts (a) in Durham and (b) in England. 
Mr. Byrne [holding answer 13 October 2005]: The Department has received proposals on primary care trust configurations from County Durham and Tees Valley strategic health authority and these will be considered by an independent external panel to see whether the proposals meet the criteria identified in the document, Commissioning a Patient-Led NHS", published on 28 July. Before any changes are made, proposals will be subject to a full three-month public consultation, beginning in December.
Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance her Department has issued to primary care trusts on compliance with the Secretary of State's directive of 27 February 2004. 
Mr. Byrne: Related directions on continuing care and delayed discharges came into force from 27 February 2004. They, and all other published guidance, are available on the Department's website at www.dh.gov.uk/PolicyAndGuidance/OrganisationPolicy/IntegratedCare/ContinuingCarePolicy/fs/en.
Julia Goldsworthy: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps she is taking to ensure that private finance initiative projects for which her Department is responsible create the minimum of environmental damage; 
(2) what assessment her Department has made of (a) the (i) sustainability and (ii) environmental impacts of private finance initiative projects for which her Department is responsible and (b) what assessment has been made of the effectiveness of the private finance initiative process to deliver environmentally sustainable projects for her Department; 
All capital development schemes, whether private finance initiative (PFI) or publicly funded, must submit a NEAT as part of their full business case. The business
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case must demonstrate a commitment to meeting the NEAT score rating of excellent" for a new build or very good" for a refurbishment scheme.
|radiography staff||Diagnostic radiography||Therapeutic radiography|
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) in what circumstances a local authority can set limits on what it will pay to meet the assessed needs of a person requiring care in a residential setting; 
Mr. Byrne: The National Assistance Act 1948 sets out the framework within which local authorities decide what people can afford to contribute to the cost of their residential care. Local authorities (LAs) are responsible for assessing the care needs of any person seeking public financial support in order to enter a care home.
LAs assess a person's ability to pay charges using the National Assistance (Assessment of Resources) Regulations 1992 and the Charges for Residential Accommodation Guide (CRAG). The CRAG provides guidance to local authorities to help them understand the charging regulations and helps to ensure a consistent approach to charging.
The capital limits set the amount below which people can receive LA help with the cost of their care. People with less than £20,500 are entitled to apply for financial
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help from social services and local authorities are required to disregard savings of £12,500 or less when assessing residents ability to pay for their care.
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