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Fibromyalgia

Mr. Whittingdale: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research her Department is undertaking into the causes of fibromyalgia; and if she will make a statement. [87390]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: I refer the hon. Member to the reply given to my hon. Friend the Member for Swansea, East (Mrs. James) on 10 May 2006, Official Report, column 373W.

Food Standards Agency

Mr. MacNeil: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made by the Food Standards Agency in establishing a timetable for the comprehensive inspection and licensing of food broker businesses. [71150]

Caroline Flint: As from the 1 January 2006 all food brokers are required to register their food premises with their local authority in terms of Regulation 852/2004 of the European Parliament. Once a premises is registered it will be inspected to ascertain if it meets the requirements of the relevant food safety legislation. Currently, there is no requirement for food brokers to be licensed as food business operators.

General Medical Services Contract

John Austin: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the timetable is for the review of the Quality and Outcomes Framework of the General Medical Services Contract. [85582]

Andy Burnham: Negotiations on this issue between NHS Employers and the British Medical Association’s general practice committee aim to be completed in time for the start of the financial year 2007-08.

Gershon Review

Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to her Answer of 20 June 2006, Official Report, column 1802W, on the Gershon Review, what the main elements are of the £179 million savings in social care. [85926]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: The Department was informed of the £179 million efficiency savings in relation to adult social care through the 2005-06 Mid-Year Update Annual Efficiency Statements which were completed by councils and submitted to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister in November 2005. The template for the Annual Efficiency Statement requires subdivision between different major council services areas, such as
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adult social care, but there is no requirement for councils to further subdivide their efficiency savings totals into specific elements of services.

Glos, Wilts & Avon Strategic Health Authority

Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many administrative and managerial staff have been employed by the Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Avon strategic health authority in each year of its existence; what the cost of that employment is; and if she will make a statement. [74260]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: The requested information is provided in the table. Figures are not available prior to 1998-99. Figures for 2005-06 will not be available until autumn this year.

Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Avon Strategic Health Authority
£ 000

2002-03

Administrative

367

Managers

3,458

2003-04

Administrative

342

Managers

2,020

2004-05

Administrative

2,814

Managers

4,102


Head Injuries (Rehabilitation)

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospitals in (a) Southend-on-Sea, (b) Essex, (c) Hertfordshire and (d) the Metropolitan police and City of London police areas of London offer specialist services for the rehabilitation of patients with severe head injuries. [87315]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The information requested is not held centrally.

Health Professions Council

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether she plans to extend the 2008 deadline for regulating psychotherapy counsellors through the Health Professions Council; and if she will make a statement. [88029]

Andy Burnham: Work is in hand to scope competencies and undertake preparatory work to enable the statutory regulation of psychotherapists. Decisions about further progress will be taken once the consultation on healthcare profession regulation closes on 10 November 2006.

Following the publication of the Chief Medical Officer’s report on medical regulation, “Good Doctors, safer patients”, and the parallel review of non-medical regulation on 14 July, the Department is now seeking views of stakeholders as to the contents of the reports and the associated Regulatory Impact Assessment documents.


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Health Worker Recruitment Code of Practice

Andrew George: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to review the effectiveness of the code of practice on the international recruitment of health workers. [81788]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The Department has no plans to review the effectiveness of the code of practice which is working well.

Hepatitis C

Jim Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of hepatitis C there were in each (a) primary care trust and (b) strategic health authority area in England (i) in total and (ii) per head of population in each year since 2001. [86573]

Caroline Flint: Data by primary care trust or strategic health authority are not available. The number of laboratory diagnoses of hepatitis C reported to the Health Protection Agency (HPA) for the period requested by HPA region(1) are shown in the table with rates per 100,000 population.


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Hepatitis C laboratory reports by Government Offices of the English regions, 2001 to 2005
Number Rate/100,000

East Midlands

2001

159

3.81

2002

262

6.28

2003

358

8.57

2004

472

11.31

2005

524

12.55

Eastern

2001

488

9.05

2002

419

7.77

2003

471

8.73

2004

649

12.03

2005

726

13.46

London

2001

399

5.55

2002

366

5.09

2003

416

5.79

2004

895

12.45

2005

898

12.49

North East

2001

131

5.21

2002

157

6.24

2003

261

10.37

2004

295

11.72

2005

342

13.59

North West

2001

1,157

17.19

2002

1,603

23.81

2003

2,358

35.03

2004

2,516

37.38

2005

2,017

29.96

South East

2001

639

7.98

2002

607

7.58

2003

544

6.79

2004

465

5.81

2005

294

3.67

South West

2001

807

16.36

2002

1,023

20.73

2003

813

16.48

2004

1,302

26.39

2005

882

17.88

West Midlands

2001

639

12.13

2002

776

14.73

2003

592

11.24

2004

704

13.37

2005

734

13.94

Yorkshire and Humberside

2001

246

4.95

2002

334

6.72

2003

528

10.63

2004

695

13.99

2005

1,161

23.37

England

2001

4,665

9.49

2002

5,547

11.28

2003

6,341

12.89

2004

7,993

16.25

2005

7,578

15.41

Source:
Health Protection Agency

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