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Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) general practitioners, (b) consultants and (c) nurses have retired early in each of the last five years for which figures are available. 
Mr. Byrne: The information requested is currently unavailable. The NHS Pensions Agency however expects the information to be available from April 2006 and will write to the hon. Member to provide it in the format requested.
Caroline Flint: Qualitative research of hepatitis C awareness among general practitioners and practice nurses has been carried out this year. This research, which repeats a baseline study carried out in 2001, indicates that awareness of hepatitis C is much improved compared to 2001 and that hepatitis C testing is being offered to those known to be at risk.
The Health Protection Agency has been monitoring the number of reported laboratory diagnoses of hepatitis C, which is a national outcome indicator for implementation of the Hepatitis C Action Plan for England". There has been a noticeable upward trend in hepatitis C diagnoses since 2000 from just under 5,000 reports to around 8,000 in 2004.
Injecting drug users are the group currently at greatest risk of hepatitis C infection in this country. The unlinked anonymous prevalence monitoring programme's survey of injecting drug users in contact with specialist services showed that 67 per cent. had had a voluntary confidential test for hepatitis C in 2004 compared to 49 per cent. in 2000.
There has also been qualitative research this year into format and design of the hepatitis C Face Your Past" leaflet, which is being widely distributed as the hepatitis C awareness photography exhibition tours regional cities. This research suggested that the design, content and tone were effective at gaining attention and giving a clear message without causing panic.
Ms Rosie Winterton [holding answer 9 January 2006]: People in prison are prescribed buphrenorphine in line with national treatment guidelines. Suboxone is not licenced for use in the United Kingdom for the treatment of heroin addiction.
Caroline Flint: HIV data are not available by county; they are available by strategic health authority (SHA) or by region. The data for Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland SHA and England are available on the Health Protection Agency's website at: http://www.hpa.org.uk/infections/topics_az/hiv_and_sti/hiv/epidemiology/hars_t ables.htm.
Mr. Byrne: Data for the years 200203, 200304 and 200405 are shown in the table. Strategic health authorities (SHAs) were established in 2002 and, therefore, data prior to 200203 are not available on an SHA basis.
|Beds per 1,000 people||Occupancy rate(percentage)|
|Q01||Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire HA||3.8||3.8||3.7||85.3||85.7||85.2|
|Q02||Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire HA||2.7||2.6||2.6||82.7||81.0||83.1|
|Q04||North West London HA||3.8||3.7||3.7||89.2||90.2||88.9|
|Q05||North Central London HA||4.7||4.8||4.7||88.4||88.3||88.5|
|Q06||North East London HA||4.0||4.0||3.9||89.4||89.4||91.9|
|Q07||South East London HA||3.8||3.8||3.8||87.8||87.8||87.3|
|Q08||South West London HA||3.4||3.7||3.6||86.6||86.2||85.5|
|Q09||Northumberland, Tyne and Wear HA||5.0||5.1||4.9||79.8||82.1||81.5|
|Q10||County Durham and Tees Valley HA||4.3||4.3||4.1||80.3||80.6||81.7|
|Q11||North and East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolns||3.2||3.2||3.1||82.6||80.6||78.6|
|Q12||West Yorkshire HA||4.1||4.1||3.9||83.7||83.8||81.6|
|Q13||Cumbria and Lancashire HA||4.0||3.9||3.7||82.4||83.6||83.3|
|Q14||Greater Manchester HA||4.2||4.2||4.1||85.2||84.7||83.4|
|Q15||Cheshire and Merseyside HA||4.1||4.1||4.3||85.5||86.6||85.9|
|Q16||Thames Valley HA||2.9||2.9||2.8||87.5||86.2||86.3|
|Q17||Hampshire and Isle of Wight HA||3.2||3.2||3.2||82.9||85.9||84.8|
|Q18||Kent and Medway HA||3.0||3.0||2.9||90.1||89.7||89.7|
|Q19||Surrey and Sussex HA||3.5||3.5||3.2||87.7||87.5||87.4|
|Q20||Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire HA||3.8||3.7||3.6||85.8||85.4||83.9|
|Q21||South West Peninsula HA||3.6||3.8||3.7||83.2||85.2||82.7|
|Q22||Somerset and Dorset HA||4.0||4.0||3.9||85.1||85.2||85.0|
|Q23||South Yorkshire HA||4.7||4.6||4.6||85.3||85.4||76.1|
|Q25||Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland HA||3.4||3.4||3.3||83.4||83.8||83.5|
|Q26||Shropshire and Staffordshire HA||3.2||3.3||3.3||85.1||87.1||86.7|
|Q27||Birmingham and the Black Country HA||4.0||4.0||4.0||87.1||88.5||86.8|
|Q28||West Midlands South HA||3.2||3.1||3.1||87.7||87.4||89.3|
Mr. Byrne: Information on the total number of people re-admitted is not currently available. Information on England's readmissions, calculated using the star ratings re-admission rate definition, emergency re-admissions to hospitals within 28 days of discharge to hospitals", is available at www.nchod.nhs.uk. The latest year available there is 200304. A full definition of the indicator is given in the guidance notes.
Caroline Flint: Department of Health funded research is being carried out on the potential benefits of routinely immunising people aged 50 years and over. The results of this research will be considered by the joint committee on vaccination and immunisation (JCVI) which advises us on all issues regarding immunisation.
Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people of retirement age have sought but not received influenza vaccinations in each London borough in 2005; and if she will make a statement. 
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