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The Department's monthly sentinel scheme data, which collects vaccine uptake data earlier at 16 months, shows routine MMR coverage at 24 months to be the highest since reporting started in March 2002. London has recorded the largest increase. The Health Protection Agency predicts further increases should follow early next year.
Ms Rosie Winterton:
As at 31 March 2005, there were 44 national health service dentists with a general dental services (GDS) or personal dental services (PDS) contract within the Coventry South parliamentary constituency.
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A dentist with a GDS or PDS contract may provide as little or as much NHS treatment as he or she chooses or has agreed with their primary care trust. Information concerning the amount of time dedicated to NHS work by individual GDS or PDS dentists is not centrally available.
Data includes all notifications of dentists joining or leaving the GDS or PDS, received by the Dental Practice Board, up to 5 July 2005. Figures for the numbers of dentists at specified dates may vary depending upon the notification period, for example, data with a later notification period will include more recent notifications of dentists joining or leaving the GDS or PDS.
The postcode of the dental practice was used to allocate dentists to specific geographic areas. Constituency areas have been defined using the Office for National Statistics all fields postcode directory.
David Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent representations she has received on attrition rates amongst student nurses; and what data set her Department uses to calculate attrition rates among (a) student nurses and (b) student midwives; 
Mr. Byrne: We have received no recent representations on attrition rates among student nurses. The Department has used the higher education statistics agency (HESA) data to forecast attrition rates since 200203. Prior to this, the English National Board for Nursing and Midwifery supplied the Department with data on attrition rates from nursing courses.
Information for England on the number of pre-registration nursing students who have withdrawn from their university course since 199495 is shown in the table. Information is not held centrally from 1991 to 199394. Each year represents an intake year. A complete measure of attrition for a cohort of students will include withdrawal figures for each year of their programme. The figures should be viewed in the context of the large increase in students entering training over the same period of nearly 100 per cent., with attrition rates lower in 200304 than 199798.
|Intake year||Number withdrawing||Percentage withdrawing|
Mr. Byrne: It is for the Healthcare Commission to decide whether to undertake such an audit. Incontinence is distressing for children and young people and can be indicative of both physical and emotional problems; it can lead to bullying at school and cause emotional and behavioural problems. Standard six of the national service framework for children includes a section on paediatric incontinence. The standard recommends integrated paediatric incontinence services and endorses the existing guidance. The standard is available on the Department's website at:
The Commission is in discussions with departmental officials about its role in assessing the implementation of the national service framework for children, young people and maternity services, which includes quality of care in incontinence services.
The modernisation agency produced a benchmarking tool for primary care trusts (PCTs) to evaluate their paediatric continence services, benchmark with other PCTs, and to share good practice. This is available online at:
Data collected from primary care trusts suggests that since December 2004, almost all patients have the opportunity to be seen by a GP within this timescale. In February 2006 it shows GPs reporting that more than 99 per cent. of people were in this position.
Mr. Byrne: I refer the hon. Member to the reply given to the hon. Member for North-West Leicestershire (David Taylor) on 29 March 2006 concerning numbers of students and proportions withdrawing from pre-registration nursing courses.
Analysis of higher education statistics agency data from 200304 indicates that of those pre-registration nursing students leaving a course prior to completion, the reasons for leaving and percentage of students is shown in the table.
|Reason for leaving course||Percentage|
|Written off after a lapse of time||6|
|Transferred to another institution||3|
|Went into employment||1|
The human resources performance framework, published in October 2000, set a target of 13 per cent. attrition (leavers) for those students entering training in the 200001 academic year. Attrition rates are best determined in the light of local circumstances and will be addressed by strategic health authorities in partnership with their local providers of education and training.
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