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Andrew Miller: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what percentage of patients treated in Arrowe Park Hospital in the last 12 months were resident (a) in the borough of Ellesmere Port and Neston and (b) within the area of Chester city council; 
The information is not available in the format requested. The table shows the number of patients living in the local authority of Chester and the Ellesmere Port and Neston primary care trust (PCT) area who were treated at the Wirral hospital national health service trust in 200405.
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|Patients||Percentage of total|
|Total patients for Wirral Hospital NHS Trust||50,612|||
|Patients treated who live in the local authority of Chester||253||0.5|
|Patients treated who live in the area covered by Ellesmere Port and Neston PCT||2,795||5.5|
Mr. Davey: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether treatment will be defined as the fitting of a hearing aid if one is required in relation to the target due to be introduced in 2008 that no one will wait more than 18 weeks for treatment in audiology services; 
Mr. Byrne: Proposed principles and definitions to underpin the 18 weeks target are available at www.18weeks.nhs.uk The Department is currently collating the responses of a service-wide listening exercise on these proposals and will publish the outcome in 2006.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what date Dr. Thomas Mann, chief executive of Capio Healthcare UK, left the employment of the NHS as director of the NHS national implementation team for Independent Sector Treatment Centres (ISTCs); on what dates the process for selection of Capio Healthcare
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UK to operate a group of ISTCs (a) started and (b) finished; and on what date her Department signed contracts with Capio Healthcare UK for ISTCs across England. 
The procurement for independent sector treatment centres was launched in December 2002, when a series of advertisements were published in the then titled, Official Journal of the European Union", and is still ongoing. To date, Capio Healthcare UK has been awarded one contract in the programme for the provision of a national chain of treatment centres, signed on 13 May 2004. In addition to this procurement, Capio Healthcare UK were awarded a one-year contract for the provision of supplementary surgical activity on 25 May 2004.
Mr. Burns: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to her oral answer of 20 December 2005, Official Report, column 1700, when she expects the turnaround team to conclude its work in investigating the financial situation at Chelmsford primary care trust. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The Secretary of State announced the formation of turnaround teams at the beginning of December 2005. The aim of these teams is to restore financial balance to the national health service organisations concerned.
Chelmsford primary care trust (PCT) is subject to the first phase of the work, which is an initial assessment to establish the position of the PCTs financial control and actions to restore financial balance.
Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 22 November 2005, Official Report, column 1802W, on child health and social services, if she will make a statement on the increases in (a) high cholesterol, (b) heart failure and (c) diabetes in the last 10 years. 
Information on the number of episodes of heart failure, diabetes and high cholesterol is shown in the table. Data prior to 199899 are not available and are therefore not included in the table.
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|Finished consultant episodes|
|Heart failure||Diabetes||High cholesterol|
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on plans to regulate counsellors; whether this will include voluntary counsellors; and if she will make a statement. 
Jane Kennedy: The Government intend to regulate counsellors in the interests of patient and client safety. Consideration will be given to the most appropriate and proportionate form of regulation for voluntary practitioners once agreement has been reached on the roles, competences and training for their safe practice.
Ms Rosie Winterton: The East Yorkshire and Yorkshire Wolds and Coast primary care trusts are working together to improve access to NHS dentistry in East Yorkshire. A national health service dental access centre opened in Withernsea in 2001. In 200405, the dental access centre, and associated clinics in Hornsea and Beverley, provided treatment to 5,250 patients.
A new dental practice opened in Beverley in January 2005, which will provide NHS dental care for 5,500 patients, and a further new practice will be opening soon in Beverley with an agreement to provide a dental care for an additional 3,000 NHS patients.
Ms Rosie Winterton: As at 30 September 2005, there were 51 national health service dentists with a general dental services or personal dental services contract within Yorkshire Wolds and Coast primary care trust (PCT). The equivalent figure for East Yorkshire PCT is 63.
Mr. Graham Stuart: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists in the Beverley and Holderness constituency (a) operate fully within the NHS and (b) offer NHS treatment only for children. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: As at 30 September 2005, there were 31 national health service dentists with a general dental services (GDS) or personal dental services (PDS) contract within Beverley and Holderness parliamentary constituency.
Dentists are independent contractors and those 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 primary care trust (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 East Yorkshire PCT there was one dentist having only children registered and none in the Yorkshire Wolds and Coast PCT area.
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether an individual primary care trust will be permitted to vary the value of a unit of dental activity between different dentists with whom it holds contracts from April 2006. 
Ms Rosie Winterton:
From April 2006, general dental services contracts and personal dental services agreements are a matter for local agreement between primary care trusts and dentists, subject to the provisions set out in the General Dental Services and Personal Dental Services Transitional Provisions Order 2005 (SI2005/3435). The value of a unit of dental activity may vary between dentists depending on a range of factors. These include the relationship between national health service earnings and dental activity during the reference period October 2004 to September 2005, which in turn will reflect the average treatment needs of a dentist's patients.
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