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Midwifery (North Wales)

Helen Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many midwifery posts are vacant in each acute NHS trust in the North West. [45176]

Mr. Byrne [holding answer 24 January 2006]: Information is not available in the format requested. However, the table shows three month vacancies of qualified nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff in the North West by organisation.
Health and Social Care Information Centre Vacancies Survey March 2005 NHS three month vacancies of qualified nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff in the North West Government office region by organisation

All nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff
March 2005
September 2004
Staff in post
Three month vacancy rate (percentage)Three month vacancy (number)Full-time equivalentHeadcount
England1.76,930400,291511,607
North West Government Office Region Total0.960165,56680,785
Cheshire and Merseyside Strategic Health Authority area Total0.716122,47527,833
Five Borough Partnership NHS Trust1.5191,1911,336
Aintree Hospitals NHS Trust1.0111,1381,328
Bebington and West Wirral PCT0.00222334
Birkenhead and Wallasey PCT0.00265363
Cardiothoracic Centre—Liverpool NHS Trust0.00565753
Central Cheshire PCT0.00361636
Central Liverpool PCT0.21545657
Cheshire and Merseyside SHA0.0001
Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Trust1.7211,1941,365
Cheshire West PCT0.00171252
Clatterbridge Centre for Oncology NHS Trust0.00125145
Countess of Chester NHS Foundation Trust2.7248671,056
East Cheshire NHS Trust0.117381,079
Eastern Cheshire PCT1.02197319
Ellesmere Port and Neston PCT0.82186260
Halton PCT0.31205282
Knowsley PCT0.41254324
Liverpool Womens Hospital NHS Trust0.00593730
Mersey Care NHS Trust0.132,1432,357
Mersey Regional Ambulance Service NHS Trust000
Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Trust1.29742918
North Cheshire Hospitals NHS Trust0.9101,2031,454
North Liverpool PCT1.02205283
Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen Hospitals University NHS Trust0.9202,2182,557
Royal Liverpool Childrens NHS Trust0.008451,013
South Liverpool PCT0.71136166
South Sefton PCT1.65305377
Southport and Formby PCT2.34168242
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust0.001,0421,492
St. Helens and Knowsley Hospitals NHS Trust0.9151,7232,084
St. Helens PCT2.15236305
Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery NHS Trust0.00254288
Warrington PCT0.51263369
Wirral Hospital NHS Trust0.242,1772,708
Cumbria and Lancashire Strategic Health Authority area Total0.59418,60123,141
Blackburn with Darwen PCT0.00235330
Blackpool PCT1.13245337
Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre Hospitals NHS Trust1.4281,9702,460
Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale PCT0.43588725
Calderstones NHS Trust0.00467484
Carlisle and District PCT0.31162255
Chorley and South Ribble PCT0.00371446
Cumbria Ambulance Service NHS Trust000
Cumbria and Lancashire SHA0.0011
East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust0.002,5543,038
Eden Valley PCT0.00218338
Fylde PCT0.00164216
Hyndburn and Ribble Valley PCT1.69528688
Lancashire Ambulance Service NHS Trust000
Lancashire Care NHS Trust1.1201,8652,302
Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust0.7141,8222,233
Morecambe Bay Hospitals NHS Trust0.123,0873,586
Morecambe Bay PCT0.001,3281,712
North Cumbria Acute Hospitals NHS Trust0.221,5362,001
North Cumbria Mental Health and Learning Disabilities NHS Trust0.00563661
Preston PCT1.24342478
West Cumbria PCT2.15237376
West Lancashire PCT2.65171256
Wyre PCT0.00149218
Greater Manchester Strategic Health Authority area Total1.434524,48929,811
Ashton, Leigh and Wigan PCT0.00436580
Bolton Hospitals NHS Trust0.121,6081,855
Bolton PCT0.00463596
Bolton Salford and Trafford Mental Health NHS Trust4.2661,5321,668
Bury PCT7.120261333
Central Manchester and Manchester Children's University Hospitals NHS Trust1.4362,5672,949
Central Manchester PCT0.00389527
Christie Hospital NHS Trust2.412486599
Greater Manchester Ambulance Service NHS Trust0.0022
Greater Manchester SHA0.003636
Heywood and Middleton PCT1.82110128
Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust0.54870960
North Manchester PCT0.00193242
Oldham PCT0.00305344
Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust1.1443,8074,725
Pennine Care NHS Trust5.5761,3061,475
Rochdale PCT0.61156180
Salford PCT0.00551705
Salford Royal Hospitals NHS Trust0.6101,6561,987
South Manchester PCT0.00286364
South Manchester University Hospitals NHS Trust2.1361,6591,924
Stockport NHS Foundation Trust0.9121,3451,853
Stockport PCT0.52407582
Tameside and Glossop Acute Services NHS Trust0.441,0651,353
Tameside and Glossop PCT0.00325455
Trafford Health care NHS Trust0.437991,081
Trafford North PCT0.00127171
Trafford South PCT0.00126205
Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Trust0.9151,6171,932



Notes:
Three month vacancy:
1. Three month vacancy information is as at 31 March 2005.
2. Three month vacancies are vacancies which trusts are actively trying to fill, which had lasted for three months or more (whole-time equivalents).
3. Three month vacancy rates are three month vacancies expressed as a percentage of three month vacancies plus staff in post.
4. Three month vacancy rates are calculated using staff in post from the Non-Medical Workforce Census September 2004.
5. Percentages are rounded to 1 decimal place
6. — zero.
Staff in post:
1. Staff in post data is from the Non-Medical Workforce Census September 2004.
2. — zero.
General:
1. Vacancy and staff in post numbers are rounded to the nearest whole number.
2. Calculating the vacancy rates using the aforementioned data may not equal the actual vacancy rates.
3. Due to rounding, totals may not equal the sum of component parts.
4. Strategic health authority figures are based on trusts, and do not necessarily reflect the geographical provision of health care.
Sources:
1. Health and Social Care Information Centre Vacancies Survey March 2005.
2. Health and Social Care Information Centre Non-Medical Workforce Census September 2004.



 
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Mobile Telephone Masts

Mr. Wallace: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what her Department's policy is on giving consent to the siting of telephone masts on NHS estates. [45978]

Caroline Flint [holding answer 26 January 2006]: National health service trusts and primary care trusts hold land in their own name and hence, these trusts do not require the consent of the Department when leasing property for the erection of telephone masts and associated base stations.

Multiple Sclerosis

Dr. McCrea: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the clinical trials at the Atkinson Morley Wing of St George's Medical School in Tooting, South London for Aimspro to treat secondary progressive multiple sclerosis are expected to be completed. [44916]

Jane Kennedy: The trial at St George's was halted by the supplier of the product on 1 March 2005 and has not resumed. It is believed that only one patient had completed the trial by the time it was halted.

NHS Finance

Tony Baldry: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to her statement of 15 November 2005, Official Report, column 851 on NHS Finance, what extra time the Thames Valley Strategic Health Authority has been given to sort out its financial deficit; and what help the Thames Valley Strategic Health Authority (a) has had and (b) will have (i) from the NHS Bank and (ii) other NHS organisations to sort out its financial deficit. [30762]

Caroline Flint: It is the responsibility of strategic health authorities to deliver both overall financial balance for their local health communities and to ensure each and every body achieves financial balance. Thames Valley SHA agreed with the Department to deliver a balanced financial position across all its organisations for 2005–06, they have not been granted any extra time to resolve their financial problems. The Department's expectation is that this is met.

The Thames Valley SHA has received no general support form the NHS Bank.

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 9 January 2006, Official Report, column 145W, on NHS finance, what the total saving made by the NHS Litigation Authority was; and whether this saving is non-recurrent. [44269]

Mr. Byrne [holding answer 20 January 2006]: The total saving against the NHS Litigation Authority's initial 2004–05 budget was £375 million. The reasons for the reduced budget requirement are ongoing and similar savings are anticipated against the 2005–06 initial
 
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budget requirement. Clinical negligence provision by definition cannot be forecast with complete accuracy in advance.


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