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Khat

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the impact of khat on the health of its users. [43564]

Caroline Flint: The Department has made no formal assessment of the impact of khat on the health of its users, however we keep the evidence for health harms under on-going review to inform health messages and health policy.

The Advisory Council of the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) has recently been reviewing the evidence of harms associated with khat use. The Department has an observer role on ACMD so we are fully informed of the scientific evidence and independent expert judgement of its harms in the United Kingdom and elsewhere.

In December 2005 the ACMD produced a report for the Home Secretary, and a number of recommendations. The recommendations included that khat should not be brought under the controls of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, and a number of supplementary recommendations on educating and informing people of the risks posed by
 
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khat, and ensuring appropriate treatment and advice services are targeted where they are needed. The full report and recommendations can be found at www.drugs.gov.uk.

The Home Secretary announced on the 19 January that he accepted the council's recommendations in full.

Lung Disease

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make it her policy to appoint a senior policy lead within her Department on lung disease and treatment. [43895]

Mr. Byrne: The Department has no plans to appoint a senior policy lead on lung disease and treatment.

Mental Health Services

Helen Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many mental health tribunal hearings took place in each of the last five years for which figures are available. [45191]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The number of mental health review tribunal hearings in England that have taken place over the last five business years are as follows:
Hearings
2000–0111,535
2001–0211,091
2002–0310,076
2003–0412,323
2004–0511,682

Danny Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many referrals there were to (a) psychiatrists, (b) clinical psychologists, (c) psychotherapists, (d) cognitive and behavioural therapists and (e) other therapists in each of the last five years, broken down to the most local level for which figures are available. [40890]

Ms Rosie Winterton: Information is not available in the requested format because such information is only collected for consultant-led services. Information on the number of admissions under the care of a mental illness consultant in each of the last five years has been placed in the Library. The information is broken down according to care provider, strategic health authority and regional Government office boundaries where possible.

Midwives

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total number of midwives working in the NHS has been in each year since 1997, expressed as (a) headcount and (b) full-time equivalent; and what the total number of midwives working in the NHS was in each year since 1997 in terms of full-time equivalents per delivery. [42944]

Mr. Byrne: The total number of midwives working in the national health service since 1997 is shown in the table.
 
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Midwives employed in the NHS as at 30 September, 1997 to 2004

HeadcountFull-time equivalents
199722,38518,053
199822,84118,168
199922,79917,876
200022,57217,662
200123,07518,048
200223,24918,119
200323,94118,444
200424,84418,854



Source:
Department of Health Non-Medical Workforce Census.


The number of midwives working in the NHS in terms of full-time equivalents per delivery is not collected centrally. The number of students entering midwifery training in 2004–05 was 2,374, approaching 50 per cent. more than in 1996–97.

Naltrexone

Mr. Malins: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research she has commissioned on the use of naltrexone as a treatment for drug misusers; and if she will make a statement. [44644]

Jane Kennedy: The Department has asked the National Institute for Clinical and Health Excellence (NICE) to review the evidence on naltrexone and, by March 2007, deliver a technology appraisal on naltrexone as a treatment for relapse prevention.

This work has been started and will aim to look at the scientific research to see how effective natltrexone is at helping people stay off drugs, and to identify those groups of drug misusers, in the community and prison settings, who are most likely to benefit from this being prescribed to them. It will also look at advising on the optimum care package that needs to be available to those prescribed naltrexone to secure effective outcomes.

NHS Blood and Transplant

Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost implications (a) have been and (b) are expected to be as a result of the merger of the National Blood Authority and UK Transplant. [43009]

Jane Kennedy: The merger between the National Blood Authority and UK Transplant will enable the new organisation to achieve savings targets, identified by the arm's length body (ALB) review, to be attained over the next three years.

NHS Blood and Transplant's specific ALB targets to be achieved by 2008–09 are a reduction in grant in aid of £11 million; further efficiency savings of £16 million; and a reduction in headcount of 153 whole time equivalents.

Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many (a) staff and (b) managers are employed at NHS Blood and Transplant; [42671]

(2) what change there has been in the number of managerial posts as a result of the merger of the National Blood Authority and UK Transplant. [42672]


 
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Caroline Flint: NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) employs 6,760 staff, of whom 34 per cent. are professionally qualified clinical staff, 55 per cent. provide support to clinical staff and 11 per cent. are managerial and infrastructure support staff.

The new NHSBT Board replaced the National Blood Authority Board and the UK Transplant Board on 1 October 2005. The new NHSBT Board are working to develop the future strategy and structure for NHSBT.

NHS (Oxfordshire)

Tony Baldry: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when she expects the turnaround team to report on the situation in the NHS in Oxfordshire; [43902]

(2) what advice she has (a) sought and (b) received on the projected financial deficit of the NHS in Oxfordshire for 2006–07. [43903]

Caroline Flint: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health 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.

Oxford Radcliffe NHS Trust is subject to the first phase of the work which is an initial assessment to establish the position of the trust's financial control and actions to restore financial balance.

This assessment has now finished and the strategic health authority is currently considering whether the trust should have any further support.

NHS Direct

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost was of providing answers to calls to NHS Direct in each year since 1998. [41965]

Mr. Byrne: The data requested are not centrally available.

NHS Finance

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 9 January 2006, Official Report, column 145–46W, on NHS finance, if she will provide the equivalent figures for NHS income from fees and charges from NHS trusts in (a) 2002–03 and (b) 2003–04; and if she will outline the reasons for the trend in this income stream from 2002–03 to 2004–05. [43027]

Mr. Byrne: I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave on 6 April 2005, Official Report, columns 1555–58W which provided the comparable data for 2002–03 and 2003–04. The three years data are:
Fees and charges from NHS trusts

£ million
2002–03386.1
2003–04531.7
2004–05669.4

The figures refer to income from local authorities and other non-national health service income.
 
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The increase is principally due to increases in income from local authorities for example under care trust joint arrangements or for delayed discharges, over the period.

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to her Written Statement of 1 December 2005, Official Report, column 37WS, on NHS finance data, what planned financial support each (a) strategic health authority, (b) primary care trust and (c) NHS trust will (i) receive and (ii) provide in 2005–06 at (A) month six of 2005–06 and (B) year end 2005–06; and what the forecast gross financial position of each body is at each date. [41901]

Mr. Byrne: The 2005–06 month six forecast outturn position for all national health service organisations (strategic health authorities, primary care trusts and national health service trusts) is available on the Department's website at: www.dh.gov.uk/PublicationsAndStatistics/FreedomOfInformation/ClassesOfInformation/fs/en

Copies of this information are available in the Library.

The figure provided on the Department's website and in the Library, are inclusive of planned support.

Detailed in-year monitoring data are used for operational management of the NHS. It is not appropriate to publish the data at this stage.

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Written Statement of 1 December 2005, Official Report, column 37WS, on NHS finance data, if she will publish the year-end financial forecasts for (a) strategic health authorities, (b) NHS trusts, (c) primary care trusts and (d) the NHS in total as at (i) month seven, (ii) month eight and (iii) month nine of the financial year. [41998]

Mr. Byrne: The forecast outturn position for 2005–06, as submitted by national health service organisations at the mid-year point (month six), is a net deficit of around £620 million. The 2005–06 month six forecast outturn position for individual NHS organisations (strategic health authorities, primary care trusts and NHS trusts) is available on the Department's website, at: www.dh.gov.uk/PublicationsAndStatistics/FreedomOfInformation/ClassesOfInformation/fs/en.

Copies of this information are available in the Library.

In-year monitoring data are used for the operational management of the NHS. It is not appropriate to publish the data on an ongoing basis during the year.


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