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Dentistry

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) adults and (b) children were registered with an NHS dentist in each parliamentary constituency in (i) 1997 and (ii) the most recent year for which figures are available. [95827]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The latest information available for registration data covering this time series has been published by the information centre for health and social care in “NHS Dental Activity and Workforce Report England: 31 March 2006”. The spreadsheet placed in the Library shows these data.

Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS dentists there were per head of population in (a) England and (b) each region in each year since 1997. [98665]


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Ms Rosie Winterton: The information requested is set out in the table which has been placed in the Library. The information shows the position as at31 March for each full year from 1997 to 2006.

Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many students (a) started and (b) graduated from dentistry courses in England in each year since 1997. [98666]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The information in respect of home and European Union students studying at dental schools in England is as follows.

Students admitted Students who graduated

1997

631

504

1998

603

542

1999

600

563

2000

623

554

2001

626

591

2002

665

566

2003

672

524

2004

670

548

2005

848

565


Because dentistry is a five-year course, the number of graduates is determined by admissions five years previously.

Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was allocated for dental studies in each year since 1997; and whether this money is ringfenced. [98667]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The Department allocated the following sums to national health service trusts in England with dental teaching hospitals to fund the clinical teaching of dental students. The funds are referred to as the “Dental Service Increment for Teaching”. Where a dental hospital is located within a larger hospital complex, the trust has discretion on how to fund overheads relating to the management of its common services and estate.

£000

1997

46,124

1998

47,797

1999

49,531

2000

51,327

2001

53,199

2002

55,118

2003

57,929

2004

64,865

2005

63,104

2006

68,812


Departmental IT

Mr. Prisk: To ask the Secretary of State for Health which information technology projects cost her Department more than £50,000 since 2001; how many qualified tender proposals there were for each project; and which company was awarded such contract. [97559]


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Mr. Ivan Lewis: The information for projects over £100,000 is listed as follows for projects where a qualified tender has been required as part of the project. It is not possible to provide this information for projects below £100,000 as this information is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. The data shown in the table is therefore incomplete.

Project Supplier to whom contract awarded Number of qualified tenders

Processing of Abortion Statistics

Image Fast Ltd.

3

DH Finance System

Cap Gemini

3

Drugs Misuse Database

AEAT (now SERCO)

2

The Club

Xansa

22

National Programme for IT

BT

Over 100

Atos Origin

BT CCA

Accenture

CSC

Fujitsu


Departmental Travel

David T.C. Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent by her Department on (a) chartering aircraft and (b) non-scheduled air travel, in each of the last five years. [96217]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: This information requested cannot be provided within disproportionate cost limits.

In respect of overseas travel by Cabinet Ministers, since 1999 the Government has published an annual list of all visits overseas undertaken by Cabinet Ministers costing £500 or more during each financial year. Where non-scheduled aircraft are used this is shown in the list. Information for 2005-06 was published on 24 July 2006. Copies of the lists are available in the Library.

All Ministerial travel is undertaken in accordance with the rules set out in the ‘Ministerial Code’ and ‘Travel by Ministers’, copies of which are available in the Library for the reference of Members. All official travel is undertaken in accordance with the requirements of the ‘Civil Service Management Code’, a copy of which is also available in the Library.

Disabled Staff

Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of (a) staff and (b) new staff employed since April 2005 in (i) her Department and (ii) each of the agencies for which she has responsibility is recorded as disabled. [92181]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: The information available is as follows:


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Percentage of staff recorded as disabled Percentage of staff employed since April 2005 recorded as disabled

Department of Health (excluding agencies)

4.2

2.5

Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency

0.8

0.0

NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency

2.6

0.0


Doctor:Nurse Ratios

Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of Statefor Health what is the average ratio of (a) nurses and (b) doctors per 100 hospital beds in (i) England and (ii) each primary care trust in London; and if she will make a statement. [96647]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The average ratio of nurses and doctors per 100 hospital beds in England and in the London strategic health authority is shown in the table.

It is not possible to provide information in respect of all nurses and doctors per 100 beds in the format requested because staff and numbers of hospital beds in national health service trusts are not recorded by primary care trust.

NHS hospital and community health services (HCHS): Medical and dental staff and qualified nursing staff per 100 available beds
Number and full-time equivalents
England London SHA
Number Fte Number Fte

All available beds (1)

175,646

n/a

28,116

n/a

Qualified Nurses (2)

381,257

307,744

66,240

53,908

per 100 beds

217 : 100

175 : 100

236 : 100

792 : 700

Medical and Dental Staff(2)

90,630

82,568

19,330

17,406

per 100 beds

52 : 100

47 : 100

69 : 100

62 : 700

n/a = not applicable
(1) Beds data is number of available beds 2005-06.
(2 )Workforce Data is numbers (headcount) and full time equivalents as at 30 September 2005.
Sources:
Department of Health form KH03 (Beds Data) The Information Centre for health and social care Non-Medical Workforce Census The Information Centre for health and social care Medical and Dental Workforce Census

Dyspraxia

John Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps have been taken by the Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust to ensure that high quality specialist local provision is available for children with severe verbal dyspraxia. [99112]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: It is for local national health service organisations to provide and develop services according to the needs of local people.

The Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust currently provides this service at the Nuffield Speech and Language Unit in Ealing and the future delivery of this service is under review.

In the meantime, the trust has undertaken to continue to provide appropriate services in the 2006-07 academic year for any children who are referred to the trust.


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East of England Strategic Health Authority

Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the timetable is for the review of acute hospital services in the east of England by the East of England strategic health authority; what part she will play in the review; what plans she has for a new hospital in central Hertfordshire providing cancer services; and if she will make a statement. [98379]

Ms Rosie Winterton: It is the responsibility of primary care trusts and strategic health authorities to analyse their local situation and develop plans, in liaison with their local national health service trusts and primary care providers, to deliver high quality NHS services including services for cancer patients.

Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) on which occasions (a) Ministers and (b) officials have met (i) the chairman and (ii) the interim chief executive of the East of England strategic health authority; [96453]

(2) what discussions (a) Ministers and (b) officials have had with the East of England strategic health authority on the future of the Hatfield hospital scheme; and if she will make a statement; [96454]

(3) what discussions (a) Ministers and (b) officials have had with the East of England strategic health authority on the future of (i) Queen Elizabeth II hospital, Welwyn Garden City and (ii) Lister hospital, Stevenage; [96456]

(4) on which occasions in 2006 (a) Ministers and (b) officials have met representatives of (i) Hertfordshire primary care trust and (b) East and North Herts NHS trust. [96458]

Andy Burnham: Officials from the Department's capital investment branch and the East of England strategic health authority (SHA) are invited to and regularly attend meetings of the project boards which both East and North Hertfordshire national health service trust and Hertfordshire primary care trust (PCT) have established to take forward their respective capital investment plans.

I met with the chair and finance director of the East of England SHA and the interim and new chief executive on 21 June, 20 July and on 17 October, where the future of the newly formed SHA was discussed in general terms.

Departmental officials met with the interim chief executive of the new NHS East of England on6 October for a mid-year finance review meeting.

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State visited Hertfordshire on 4 October and during the visit she met and had lunch with number of people from West Hertfordshire Hospital NHS trust, chairs and chief executive of Hertfordshire PCT and Watford hospital.


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