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North Yorkshire Area Health Authority

Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were employed by North Yorkshire area health authority in 1997; and how many are employed in (a) York and Selby primary care trust, (b) Hambleton and Richmondshire primary care trust and (c) Harrogate and Craven primary care trust. [31721]

Mr. Byrne: The information requested is shown in the following table.
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Hospital, public health medicine and community health services (HCHS): medical and dental staff(28), non-medical staff, general medical practitioners (excluding retainers)(29) and practice staff(30), within the specified health authority(31) and organisations(32)

Numbers (headcount)
North Yorkshire health authority14,111
HCHS medical and dental staff(28)593n/a
General medical practitioners (excluding retainers)(29)493n/a
Practice staff(30)2,108n/a
HCHS non-medical staff10,917n/a
Professionally qualified clinical staff5,185n/a
Support to clinical staff3,358n/a
NHS infrastructure support2,316n/a
Other and unknown58n/a
Craven, Harrogate and rural district primary care trustn/a1,574
HCHS medical and dental staff(28)n/a20
General medical practitioners (excluding retainers)(29)n/a173
Practice staff(30)n/a550
HCHS non-medical staffn/a831
Professionally qualified clinical staffn/a434
Support to clinical staffn/a285
NHS infrastructure supportn/a112
Other and unknownn/a0
Hambleton and Richmondshire primary care trustn/a1,212
HCHS medical and dental staff(28)n/a49
General medical practitioners (excluding retainers)(29)n/a84
Practice staff(30)n/a315
HCHS non-medical staffn/a764
Professionally qualified clinical staffn/a424
Support to clinical staffn/a169
NHS infrastructure supportn/a171
Other and unknownn/a0
Selby and York primary care trustn/a2,790
HCHS medical and dental staff(28)n/a42
General medical practitioners (excluding retainers)(29)n/a216
Practice staff(30)n/a676
HCHS non-medical staffn/a1,856
Professionally qualified clinical staffn/a978
Support to clinical staffn/a639
NHS infrastructure supportn/a229
Other and unknownn/a10

n/a = data not applicable.
(28) Excludes medical hospital practitioners and medical clinical assistants, most of whom are also GPs working part time in hospitals.
(29) General medical practitioners (excluding retainers) includes contracted GPs, CMS others, PMS others and GP registrars. Prior to September 2004 this group included GMS unrestricted principals, PMS contracted GPs, PMS salaried GPs, restricted principals, assistants, GP registrars, salaried doctors (Para 52 SFA), PMS other, flexible career scheme GPs and GP returners.
(30) Practice staff includes practice nurses, direct patient care, admin and clerical and other.
(31) There is no health authority area data available for 2004. Health authorities were superseded by strategic health authorities in 2002.
(32) There is no PCT data available in 1997 as PCTs were first introduced in 2000.
Data as at 30 September each year, except GP and practice staff data as at 1 October 1997.
NHS Health and Social Care Information Centre Medical and Dental Workforce Census
NHS Health and Social Care Information Centre Non-Medical Workforce Census 2004
NHS Health and Social Care Information Centre General and Personal Medical Services Statistics


Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assistance her Department has given to general practitioners to reduce obesity among their patients; and if she will make a statement. [32749]

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Caroline Flint: The quality and outcomes framework specifically rewards general practitioners (GPs) for delivering evidence based care to patients with chronic diseases which may involve weight management interventions to tackle obesity.

In order to support GPs in reducing obesity we are developing a variety of tools such as the obesity care pathway, a Weight Loss Guide and a short patient activity questionnaire. Also, together with the Countryside Agency, we have already piloted the use of pedometers as a motivational tool in general practice to increase patients' levels of physical activity.

The National Institute for Health Clinical Excellence (NICE) provided guidelines for anti-obesity drugs and surgery in 2001 and has been commissioned to prepare definitive guidance on the prevention, identification, management and treatment of obesity, due for publication in 2007. NICE guidance will include an assessment of four commonly used methods to increase physical activity: brief interventions in primary care, pedometers, exercise referral schemes and community based exercise programmes for walking and cycling.

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the number of children likely to suffer from obesity over the next 10 years. [33137]

Caroline Flint: The prevalence of obesity in children aged two to 10 years increased from 9.6 per cent. in 1995 to 13.7 per cent. in 2003. The British Medical Association estimates that one in five boys and one in three girls will be obese by 2020, as stated in the recent schools' White Paper. In 2004, the Government adopted a public service agreement (PSA) target

This PSA target is held jointly by the Department, the Department for Education and Skills and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research she has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the efficacy of identifying and managing obesity in children in a primary care setting. [33175]

Caroline Flint: The Department asked the Health Development Agency (HDA) to review the evidence of prevention and treatment of overweight and obesity. In 2003, HDA concluded that there is supporting evidence for the need to improve the role of health professionals especially general practitioners in the primary care setting in the management of obesity and overweight.

In addition, the Department has commissioned the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence to prepare a definitive guidance on the prevention, identification, management and treatment of obesity, which will be published after full consultation in 2007. Meanwhile, to support local monitoring of obesity among children, the Department plans to issue guidance to primary care trusts on measurement of height and weight in primary school age children. This guidance will provide advice to primary care trusts on how to measure height and weight of children between five to 11 years.
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Oesophageal Cancer

Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the MCM5 test being trialled at the Freeman hospital in Newcastle; and when it will be brought into regular use in the NHS. [32272]

Mr. Byrne: The Department meets the service costs of research commissioned by its research partners that takes place in the national health service. The funding allocated for this purpose supports a substantial body of health research, including Cancer Research UK's trial of the MCM5 test for bladder and prostate cancer.

The trial at the Freeman hospital in Newcastle is expected to involve 3,000 patients and is not due to finish until 2006. At this stage it is not possible to speculate on when the test might be introduced on a regular basis into the NHS as the results from the trial will require in depth analysis.

Parliamentary Questions

Mr. Maples: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she will answer questions (a) 26323, (b) 26321 and (c) 26322 tabled by the hon. Member for Stratford-on-Avon on 3 November. [33013]

Jane Kennedy: I refer the hon. Member to the answers I gave him on 23 November 2005, Official Report, column 2116W, and on 28 November 2005, Official Report, column 254W, and to the answer given by my hon. Friend the Under Secretary of State with responsibility for Care Services, on 30 November 2005, Official Report, column 497W.

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