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Rosie Cooper: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many MRSA cases there were in each hospital in (a) Lancashire and (b) hospitals which receive significant numbers of patients from West Lancashire constituency in each of the last three years; and if she will make a statement. 
|April 2001 to March 2002||April 2002 to March 2003||April 2003 to March 2004||April 2004 to March 2005|
|Trust name||Number of MRSA bacteraemia reports||MRSA rate per 1,000 bed-days||Number of MRSA bacteraemia reports||MRSA rate per 1,000 bed-days||Number of MRSA bacteraemia reports||MRSA rate per 1,000 bed-days||Number of MRSA bacteraemia reports||MRSA rate per 1,000 bed-days(32)|
|Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre Hospitals NHS Trust||44||0.22||40||0.11||64||0.17||62||0.16|
|East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust||57||0.11||66||0.16||63||0.15||69||0.17|
|Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust||76||0.21||58||0.17||56||0.15||74||0.2|
|Morecambe Bay Hospitals NHS Trust||33||0.1||24||0.08||30||0.1||30||0.1|
|Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust||4||0.02||11||0.06||10||0.06||13||0.07|
Stephen Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding her Department has allocated to the National Blood Service to recruit more bone marrow donors from ethnic minority communities; and if she will make a statement. 
Caroline Flint: NHS blood and transplant is responsible for managing the British bone marrow register (BBMR). It does this through its operating divisionthe National Blood Service (NBS). The Department has provided NBS with £3.3 million for each of the past three years to help recruit new donors. We are committed to continued improvements to the BBMR so that patients requiring bone marrow are increasingly likely to find a match and we are currently considering future funding.
However, in 200506 an incentive scheme has been introduced by the NHS Bank, which imposes a 10 per cent. penalty on strategic health authority (SHA) health economy overspends. SHAs have discretion over how they manage this penalty across the organisations in their economy.
While the Department does not impose a penalty on overspending NHS trusts, it does require them to repay the amount overspent. This is essential as it enables the resources to be returned to those organisations that underspent to offset the overspending.
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, what the forecast year end financial position was at month six of each strategic health authority area in total, inclusive of all constituent trusts. 
|SHA economy surplus/|
|Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire||(80,703)|
|Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire||(74,851)|
|North West London||(94,172)|
|North Central London||(6,313)|
|North East London||(583)|
|South East London||(33,224)|
|South West London||(18,314)|
|Northumberland, Tyne and Wear||10|
|County Durham and Tees Valley||0|
|North and East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire|
|Cumbria and Lancashire||(2,892)|
|Cheshire and Merseyside||(43,764)|
|Hampshire and Isle of Wight||(58,738)|
|Kent and Medway||(3,768)|
|Surrey and Sussex||(80,780)|
|Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire||(11,000)|
|South West Peninsula||0|
|Dorset and Somerset||5,000|
|Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland|
|Shropshire and Staffordshire||(49,898)|
|Birmingham and the Black Country||0|
|West Midlands South||(29,604)|
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list the NHS trusts which inherited deficits at their inception; what the value of the deficits was in each case; and what the current projected financial position is of each trust. 
Jane Kennedy: No national health service trust inherited deficits at its inception. When a new NHS trust is created its income and expenditure reserve and statutory breakeven duty performance are set to nil, therefore the performance of predecessor organisations is not inherited.
However, a new NHS trust may inherit any liabilities arising from local agreements that had been made or incurred by the predecessor organisations. The Department does not collect information on such arrangements.
Ian Lucas: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations she has received on the nutrient profiling model used by the Food Standards Agency when assessing the nutrient content of food. 
Caroline Flint: The Department and the Food Standards Agency (FSA) have received eight representations on the FSA nutrient profiling model since it was adopted by the FSA board on 6 December 2005; four from food industry representatives and four from individual consumers and organisations representing consumers' interests.
Mr. Gale: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to her Department's press release of 7 March 2006 (GNN Ref 129686P), entitled Extra Investment and Increase in Home-Grown Medical Recruits Eases UK Reliance on Overseas Doctors", what assessment she has made of the impact on the NHS dental service of the enhanced requirements for overseas doctors and dentists to obtain work permits. 
Ms Rosie Winterton [holding answer 15 March 2006]: The enhanced requirements for overseas doctors and dentists to obtain work permits do not have significant implications for national health service dental services. The only implications for dental services are where overseas dentists, from outside the European Union (EU), are seeking employment in the hospital or community dental services and where it will be necessary to show that there is no dentist from the United Kingdom or the wider EU dentist able to fill the post.
The great majority of dentists in England work as independent, self-employed contractors in primary care. In these cases, dentists from outside the EU, who have undertaken vocational training, will continue to be able to seek entry under the Person Intending to Establish Themselves in Business rules" and are not affected by the enhanced requirements for work permits. A non-EU dentist who has not undertaken vocational training will require a work permit, but vocational dental practitioners are included on the Home Office's list of shortage occupations and will not be affected by the enhanced requirements announced on 7 March.
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