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Sir Paul Beresford: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how her Department plans to inform (a) dentists and (b) patients about the new general dental services contract; and how much has been allocated to publicise the contract. 
Ms Rosie Winterton
[holding answer 3 November 2005]: The acting chief dental officer has written to all dentists, explaining the key messages of the new contracts. He is also holding regular meetings with groups of dentists
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across the country. The Department and the British Dental Association have met twice recently to discuss the new contracts. We have arranged articles in the dental press, recently issued extensive guidance to the national health service that included key messages to dentists and are holding six roadshows across England during November and December to build on the recent guidance.
The Department will produce an information leaflet for patients and a poster to explain the proposed banded system of patient charges for dentists to display in their surgeries.
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Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of the total number of points available for assessing practice remuneration under the General Medical Services contract is assigned to (a) severe mental illness, (b) coronary heart disease, (c) diabetes and (d) cancer. 
Mr. Byrne: The total number of points available in the quality and outcomes framework, part of the general medical services contract for 200506 is 1,050. The points available for the named diseases shown in the table.
|Disease||Points||Percentage (per cent. of the total)|
|Severe mental illness||(128)30||2.9|
|Coronary heart disease, including left ventricular disease||121||11.5|
Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the priority given to severe mental illness in the practice remuneration system of the general medical services contract. 
Mr. Byrne: The quality and outcomes framework is part of the general medical services contract. For the current financial year severe mental illness has 30 points allocated, plus a further 11 for patients on lithium therapy.
Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the percentage change in payments to general practitioners following the introduction of the Quality and Outcomes Framework included in the new General Medical Services contract for General Practice has been in (a) England and (b) for Dacorum Primary Care Trust; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Byrne: In 200405, in the year they were introduced, quality and outcomes framework payments for England accounted for about 9.5 per cent. of the total payments made by primary care trusts under the new general medical services contract.
For Dacorum PCT, figures held centrally indicate that about 11.3 per cent. of the total payments made by PCTs under the new general medical services contract relate to the quality and outcomes framework.
Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the oral answer from the Prime Minister of 9 November 2005, Official Report, column 302, to the right hon. Member for West Derbyshire (Mr. McLoughlin), what the evidential basis is for the statement about the pay of general practitioners compared with their European counterparts. 
Mr. Byrne [holding answer 14 November 2005]: The table shows the latest available comparisons published in 2005 between general practitioners (GPs) earnings in the UK compared against their European equivalents.
Evidence is taken from the research firm Stethos' recent GP survey and used by the British Medical Association in their memorandum of evidence to the Review Body on Doctors' and Dentists' Remuneration. The evidence indicates UK GP earnings are currently ranked the highest in Europe.
|Countries||Net GP earnings|
|United Kingdom||49, 947|
Rosie Cooper: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many residents in West Lancashire constituency were registered with (a) a general practitioner and (b) an NHS dentist in each year since 1997. 
|Q13||Cumbria and Lancashire||1,953,272||1,959,654||1,896,094||1,956,484|
|5F3||West Lancashire PCT|||||||||
|Q13||Cumbria and Lancashire||1,953,563||1,943,598||1,981,218||1,970,937|
|5F3||West Lancashire PCT||109,448||111,587||112,187||110,550|
|Number of patients|
Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding was allocated by her Department to the Hemel Hempstead constituency for (a) capital projects and (b) revenue funding in each of the last eight years. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: Capital and revenue allocations are made to NHS organisations, strategic health authorities, primary care trusts (PCTs) and NHS trusts and are not allocated on a constituency basis. The tables show the NHS bodies within the Hemel Hempstead constituency that have received capital and revenue funding.
|E & N Herts NHS Trust||4,262||4,560||4,880|
|West Hertfordshire Hospital NHS Trust||4,413||4,745||5,077|
|Beds & Herts Ambulance & Paramedic Services NHS Trust||1,179||1,346||1,523|
Strategic capital is allocated to strategic health authorities to support larger scale investments. The allocations for the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire SHA is shown in table 2.
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Prior to 200304, the Department allocated all NHS capital to the eight regional offices who had responsibility for distributing this funding to their health authorities. NHS capital allocations have not yet been made for 200607 onwards.
|Increase over 2 years (percentage)||18.5|
|Increase over 3 years ( percentage)||31.8|
Prior to 200304, revenue allocations were made direct to health authorities (HAs) on an annual basis. Revenue allocations made to HAs in the Hertfordshire area from 200001 to 200102 is shown in tables 5 and 6.
|Health authority||200001 (£000)||Percentage increase|
|200001 East & North Hertfordshire HA allocation||318,662||9.0|
|200001 West Hertfordshire HA allocation||346,924||8.6|
|Health authority||200102 (£000)||Percentage increase|
|200102 East & North Hertfordshire HA allocation||348,992||8.8|
|200102 West Hertfordshire HA allocation||374,913||8.6|
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