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Cigarette Packet Warnings

Mr. Clegg: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what date has been set for the commencement of the planned public consultation regarding the possible inclusion of graphic or pictorial warnings on cigarette packets as permitted by EU Directive 2001/37/EC. [48571]


 
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Caroline Flint [holding answer 6 February 2006]: No date has yet been set for the Government's public consultation on introducing picture health warnings on tobacco packs.

Crack Cocaine

David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many crack cocaine users are in community-based treatment. [47690]

Caroline Flint: 5,000 individuals were reported to the national drug treatment monitoring system (NDTMS) in 2004–05 in community-based treatment, specialist prescribing, general practitioner prescribing, structured day programmes, structured counselling, other structured treatment, with the main problem drug of crack cocaine.

15,373 were reported with crack as their secondary drug of use.

Dentistry

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether she plans to increase the number of dental access centres in England. [32330]

Ms Rosie Winterton: As of April 2006, primary care trusts (PCTs) will be responsible for commissioning primary care dentistry. It will therefore be up to individual PCTs to decide what the most appropriate services are, based on the needs of their local populations.

Julia Goldsworthy: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 9 November 2005, Official Report, columns 17–18WS, on national health service dentistry, how many of the 1,400 new dentists will be placed in (a) the general dental service, (b) salaried primary care dental services and (c) the hospital dental service. [31445]

Ms Rosie Winterton: A precise breakdown of the information requested is not available. However, the vast majority of the 1,459 whole-time equivalent dentists are working in general dental services or personal dental services with a small number working in the salaried primary care dental services. None of the 1,459 dentists are working in the hospital dental service.

Mr. Randall: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost was of a national health service dental check-up in (a) England, (b) London and (c) Uxbridge constituency in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available. [46594]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The fee for a national health service dental check-up is fixed across England. This fee is set by the Department and is reviewed each year, usually in April.

The dentists' fees since 1994 have been as follows:
£
January 19944.75
April 19944.90
April 19955.00
April 19965.15
December 19965.20
April 19975.30
December 19975.40
April 19985.65
December 19985.80
April 19995.95
April 20006.15
April 20016.40
April 20026.65
April 20036.85
April 20047.05
April 20057.30

 
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Mr. Randall: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of the population was registered with an NHS dentist in (a) England, (b) London, (c) the London borough of Hillingdon and (d) Uxbridge constituency in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available. [46595]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The information available is shown in the tables. Information on people registered with a national health service dentist in the Uxbridge constituency is not provided as population data are not available at this level.

The drop in registrations between September 1997 and September 1998 is mostly attributable to the reduction in re-registration period from two years to 15 months.
Estimated percentage of the population registered in general dental services (GDS) and personal dental services (PDS) as at 30 September each year

Population (percentage)
England
199756
199849
199949
200050
200149
200249
200349
200447
200548
London
199752
199843
199942
200042
200142
200241
200342
200440
200542
London borough of Hillingdon
199759
199850
199949
200050
200146
200247
200344
200443
200544



Source:
NHS Health and Social Care Information Centre



 
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Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS (a) dentists and (b) patients were registered in Welwyn, Hatfield in each year since 1997. [46366]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The number of national health service dentists and number of patients registered in Welwyn Hatfield Primary Care Trust as at 30 September in each year specified, are provided in the table.
DentistsRegistrations
19975057,514
19985250,733
19994750,387
20005150,442
20015252,110
20025550,061
20036449,123
20046949,106
20056850,007



Notes:
1. Data include General Dental Services (GDS) and Personal Dental Services (PDS) registrations/PDS patients seen (counts patients seen in the past 15 months for some PDS schemes).
2. The drop in registrations between September 1997 and September 1998 is mostly attributable to the reduction in re-registration period from two years to 15 months.
Source:
Dental Practice Board


Departmental Performance Support Team

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the functions of her Department's performance support team; how many staff it has; and what the differences are between the roles of the performance support team and the turnaround teams she announced in her statement of 1 December 2005, Official Report, column 37WS, on NHS Finance. [46612]

Mr. Byrne: The performance support team is a national health service team which works with a small number of hospital trusts which need additional support in meeting the clinical and .managerial requirements of the NHS Plan. It has 23 employees.

Turnaround teams will comprise of experts with a mix of commercial and NHS turnaround skills. The first stage of their work was a baseline assessment with those organisations with the largest financial challenges. The first phase assessed 62 organisations and the second 35. Following the initial assessments, they will agree a tailored package of turnaround support with the organisations facing the largest risks and with their strategic health authority. This will help them to achieve financial balance and provide services more efficiently.

Drug Prescribing

Mr. Blizzard: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the annual level of prescribing of (a) carmustie implants and (b) temozolomide outside the context of clinical trials was in the last three years for which figures are available, broken down by (i) strategic health authority and (ii) primary care trust. [44794]

Jane Kennedy: The estimated cost of temozolomide and carmustine dispensed in hospitals and in the community (primary care) in England over the last three financial years is shown in the table.
 
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A separate figure for carmustine implants is not provided due to contractual restrictions on how data on drugs issued in hospitals can be used. The figure includes all preparations of carmustine.
Estimated cost of temozolomide and carmustine dispensed in hospitals and in the community—England

Cost (£000)
2002–032003–042004–05
Temozolomide
Dispensed in hospitals2,758.93,126.94,336.9
Dispensed in the community38.74.0
Total2,797.63,126.94,340.9
Carmustine
Dispensed in hospitals55.168.6121.3
Dispensed in the community
Total55.168.6121.3



Source:
IMS Health (2005) and PCA data


The usage of temozolomide in primary care is negligible and carmustine is not used at all in primary care. Therefore, since the primary care usage is so low, sub-national data cannot be provided for patient confidentiality reasons.

Usage of carmustine in hospitals is low. Data on carmustine at a sub-national level is not provided due to contractual restrictions.

Data for temzolomide at cancer network level were published by the Department as part of the review undertaken by the National Cancer director on the variations in usage of cancer drugs appraised by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence. The report is available on the Department's website at:

www.dh.gov.uk/assetRoot/04/08/38/95/04083895.pdf.
 
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Data on drugs issued in hospitals are not available at primary care trust level.


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