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Ms Rosie Winterton: The Department collects expenditure information on non-national health service staff. Non-NHS staff expenditure includes all agency staff and any other staff not directly employed.
Steve Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consultation there has been with ambulance technicians and paramedics in the national level discussions on Agenda for Change policy for those professions. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The provisions of Agenda for Change for ambulance staff were agreed by the NHS Staff Council following detailed discussions with nationally recognised unions and professionals representing ambulance staff.
Mr. Keetch: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many representations she has received from hon. Members expressing opposition to the proposed reconfiguration of NHS ambulance services. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: A 14-week consultation on the proposed configuration of national health service ambulance trusts in England was led by strategic health authorities (SHAs) and ended on 22 March 2006. The responses submitted by SHAs together with letters sent directly to the Department indicate that there have been about 40 written responses from hon. Members expressing varying degrees of concern about the reconfiguration proposals. These were considered carefully before making the decisions announced on 16 May 2006, Official Report, columns 849-66.
Ms Rosie Winterton:
Primary care trusts (PCTs) are responsible for ensuring that there is provision of ambulance services, which could include patient transport services, to such extent as they consider necessary to meet all
reasonable requirements. It is, therefore, for the local national health service to decide who provides patient transport services for eligible patients in their area.
A range of different providers may and do provide patient transport services, for example the local ambulance service, private or voluntary sector providers, or a combination of these organisations. It is for PCTs to ensure that that they are getting the best service for the best price. The ambulance review Taking Healthcare to the Patient: Transforming NHS Ambulance Services set out our intention to develop a system of accreditation of independent ambulance providers, which should help PCTs further in making this assessment.
Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will place in the Library the full-time equivalent figures for the number of qualified audiologists at each hospital trust at 30 September 2004. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The table showing the number of full-time equivalent (fte) health care scientists working in audiology in September 2004 by primary care trust and trust has been placed in the Library. The total number has increased by 4 per cent. to 1,421 fte in September 2005.
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 23 March 2006, Official Report, column 577W, on Barts/Broomfield Hospitals PFI, to the hon. Member for Cheadle (Mark Hunter), when departmental officials will write to NHS trusts letting them know how the private finance initiative reappraisal process will work; and if she will place a copy of this letter in the Library. 
Andy Burnham: Trusts have had the broad nature of the reappraisal exercise, including a summary of the key indicators being used by the Department, outlined to them in a number of meetings with officials. The exercise is already under way, and over the coming months the lead official responsible for the exercise will be visiting all trusts with private finance initiative projects.
Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she will answer questions (a) 65745, (b) 65744, (c) 65381 and (d) 63643, on the bowel cancer screening programme, tabled by the hon. Member for Hertsmere. 
Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent by Burntwood, Lichfield and Tamworth Primary Care Trust on capital projects in the Tamworth constituency in each of the last five years. 
| Notes: 1. Burntwood, Lichfield and Tamworth PCT was established on 1 April 2001 2. 2004-05 is the latest year for which information is available. Sources: Audited summarisation schedules of the Burntwood, Lichfield and Tamworth PCT 2001-02 to 2004-05|
Mr. Greg Knight: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of people in care homes paid top-up fees in each region of England in each year since 1997; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: This information is not collected centrally in the form requested. However, in the UK- wide survey of care homes conducted by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) for their report Care Homes for Older People in the UK, published in May 2005, the OFT found that the average care home in the United Kingdom had 32 places of which seven were paid for by a combination of the local authority and a third party top-up.
We increased total resources available for social services by an average of 6 per cent. a year in real terms over the three years 2003-04 to 2005-06. These increases follow a 20 per cent. increase in the level of funding for social services between 1996-97 and 2002-03. This enables local councils to purchase the services to meet their residents needs.
Improvements in the care offered to people with musculoskeletal conditions will be supported by the musculoskeletal framework (MSF), which will be published later this year. The MSF will promote the development of services outside hospital, based on informed self-care and better access to a range of health care professionals. The MSF will also build on the principles of current Government policy, ensuring that musculoskeletal services are organised, as far as possible, around the needs and choices of individual patients.
Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the age profile is of the current workforce of community nurses; and how many community nurses who are in post will reach retirement age in the next 10 years; 
(2) how many community nursing posts there are in the NHS in England; how many are vacant; and how many have been vacant for (a) three months or less, (b) three to six months and (c) six months to a year; 
Ms Rosie Winterton: Information on the number of community nursing staff and their age profile as at September 2005 has been placed in the Library as well as information on the number of community nurses by level and each specified area of work as at September 2000, 2003 and 2005.
Vacancy information for the community nurses group is not collected centrally. However, information on the number of vacancies and three-month vacancy rate for constituent groups of community nurses has also been placed in the Library.
Sir Paul Beresford: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if, in considering the Epsom and St. Helier NHS Hospital Trust's response to her insistence that the new critical care hospital be at St. Helier, she will look again at the concerns, particularly from the elderly residents of Mole Valley, at the transport difficulties and delays to travel to St. Heliers; 
(3) if she will take the representations received from elderly residents of Mole Valley on travel to St. Heliers into account when considering the response from St. Helier NHS Hospital Trust to her direction that the proposed new critical care hospital be situated in St. Helier. 
Mr. Graham Stuart: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) orthodontic consultants and (b) fully trained specialist registrars in orthodontics there were in (a) England and (b) Beverley and Holderness in each year since 1997; and if she will make a statement. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The information requested is not available by constituency. Information for England, North and East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire strategic health authority, and Hull and East Yorkshire hospitals national health service trust is shown in the following table:
|Hospital and Community Health Services (HCHS): Dental staff within the Orthodontics specialty by specified grades( 1) and organisation in North and East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire SHA England as at 30 September each year|
|England||Of which: North and East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire SHA||Of which: Hull and East Yorkshire hospitals NHS Trust|
|(1) Registrar Group includes the Specialist Registrar Grade Source: The Information Centre for health and social careMedical and Dental Workforce Census|
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