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Caroline Flint: The latest available data on the financial position of primary care trusts (PCTs) is for 200405. The 200405 financial position of Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley PCT is £1.1 million deficit.
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists in the Cotswold and Vale primary care trust area (a) operate fully within the NHS and (b) only offer NHS treatment for children. 
Caroline Flint: As at 30 September 2005, there were 95 national health service dentists with a general dental services (GDS) or personal dental services (PDS) contract within Cotswold and Vale primary care trust (PCT).
The data source is the Dental Practice Board. A dentist with a GDS or PDS contract may provide as little or as much NHS treatment as he or she chooses or has agreed with the PCT. The Dental Practice Board has no information concerning the amount of time dedicated to private or NHS work by individual dentists.
Information about who dentists offer to treat is not collected centrally. However, an analysis of NHS patient registrations data as at 1 June 2005 show that within Cotswold and Vale PCT there were three dentists having only children registered.
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Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many call centres were run by her Department and its agencies in (a) 200304, (b) 200405 and (c) 200506 to date; and how many and what proportion of calls (i) were handled by an adviser, (ii) were received but abandoned and (iii) received an engaged tone. 
In 2005, the Department has, to the end of October, received 97,488 calls and 93,534 were answered by an information adviser. 3,954 calls were abandoned once connected to a messagea rate of 4.05 per cent.
Mr. Khan: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much her Department has allocated for (a) hospital services, (b) general practitioner services and (c) dental services in the constituency of Tooting in each year since 1997. 
Funding for general practitioner services and dental services has historically, with some exceptions, been held centrally and not allocated to primary care trusts (PCTs). Funding was demand led, with payments made in response to claims submitted by general practitioners and dentists.
Following the new general practitioner contract, the Department made primary medical services allocations to PCTs in 200405 and 200506, which will become part of PCTs' overall allocations from 200607.
Table 1 shows the allocations made to Merton, Sutton and Wandsworth Health Authority (HA) in 199798 and 199899. The Department made allocations to HAs from 199697 for hospital and community health services (HCHS).
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Table 2 shows the unified allocations made to Merton, Sutton and Wandsworth HA between 19992000 and 200203. The Department made unified allocations to HAs from 19992000 covering HCHS, prescribing and general medical services cash limited.
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Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time for a hip replacement operation has been in (a) Southend primary care trust, (b) Essex, (c) the Metropolitan police area of London and (d) England in each year since 1997. 
Mr. Byrne: The main national health service data returns on inpatient waiting times, which provide a count of those waiting for admission and how long they have been waiting, are not available for hip replacement operations but are available for trauma and orthopaedics procedures more generally. Annual average waiting times for each year since 1997 have been placed in the Library. They show that average waiting times for trauma and orthopaedics have fallen from:
The NHS collects annual data through hospital episodes statistics (HES) on the time waited by patients who have completed their wait for a hip replacement operation. This includes periods of suspension (where the patient is medically unfit for treatment or has made themselves unavailable for treatment) and all patients treated by NHS provider organisations (whether or not they are the responsibility of NHS commissioning bodies in England). This HES data has also been placed in the Library. The data shows increases in the first part of this period followed by more recent reductions and reflects the NHS's achievements during this period in tackling backlogs of long waits for orthopaedic patients.
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