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NHS Treatment of Scots

Mr. David Hamilton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people with a home address in Scotland were treated in NHS facilities in England in (a) 2004 and (b) 2005. [98707]

Andy Burnham: Figures for the calendar year of 2005 are not yet available. In 2004-05, 5,314 people resident in Scotland were treated in England.

NHS Trust (South Tyneside)

Mr. Hepburn: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many compulsory redundancies there have been in South Tyneside NHS Trust in each year since 1996; [99019]

(2) how many staff have been employed in South Tyneside NHS Trust in each year since 1996; [99020]

(3) how many clinical staff have been made compulsorily redundant in South Tyneside NHS Trust in each year since its foundation. [99021]

Ms Rosie Winterton: Information on the number of staff employed in South Tyneside national health service trust in each year since 1996 is shown in the table.

NHS hospital and community health services: NHS staff in the South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust as at 30 September each specified year
Number (headcount)
Total NHS staff





















(1) In 2002 the mental health services from South Tyneside NHS trust migrated to form part of the Gateshead, South Tyneside and Sunderland mental health NHS trust. Notes: 1. The numbers of health care scientists were not collected until 2003. 2. The information requested on redundancies is not available centrally. Sources: 1. The Information Centre for health and social care, non-medical workforce census. 2. The Information Centre for health and social care, medical and dental workforce census.

South Tyneside Trust was authorised as an NHS foundation trust from 1 January 2005. As such, matters relating to operational management after this time may be obtained by contacting the Chairman of the trust.

NHS Work Force

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the overall (a) headcount and (b) full-time equivalent NHS work force was in (i) 2006-07 and (ii) 2005-06. [99811]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The latest published Work Force Census is as at 30 September 2005. This showed the total number of staff employed in the national health service was 1,365,388 headcount and 1,103,789 full-time equivalent.

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Notifiable Diseases

Julia Goldsworthy: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what criteria her Department use when certifying a disease as notifiable; and if she will make a statement. [100146]

Caroline Flint: The main purpose of notification is to enable a local authority to consider whether there is a need for it to use its control powers to prevent further spread of the disease. However, it is not necessary for a disease to be notifiable in order for the authority to have control powers relating to it. (For example, the powers in section 31 of the Act for a local authority to disinfect premises are available in relation to any infectious disease). Notification contributes to the gathering of information about disease incidence and prevalence (disease “surveillance”), but there are also other ways of achieving this.

Currently, section 10 of the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984 provides that cholera, plague, relapsing fever, smallpox and typhus are notifiable diseases. Section 11 of the Act provides that if a registered medical practitioner becomes aware, or suspects, that a patient whom he is attending is suffering from a notifiable disease or from food poisoning he shall send to the proper officer of the relevant local authority a certificate giving details of the patient and the disease. The Public Health (Infectious Diseases) Regulations 1988 apply the notification requirement in section 11 of the Act to certain other infectious diseases (namely acute encephalitis, acute poliomyelitis, anthrax, diphtheria, dysentery (amoebic or bacillary), leprosy, leptospirosis, malaria, measles, meningitis, meningococcal septicaemia (without meningitis), mumps, ophthalmia neonatorum, paratyphoid fever, rabies, rubella, scarlet fever, tetanus, tuberculosis (where the opinion of the registered medical practitioner that the person is suffering from tuberculosis is formed from evidence not solely derived from tuberculin tests), typhoid fever, viral haemorrhagic fever, viral hepatitis, whooping cough, and yellow fever).

Proposals to change the diseases to which the notification requirement applies would be considered on a case by case basis.


Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nurses per 100 beds there have been in (a) England, (b) the West Suffolk Hospital and (c) Ipswich Hospital in each year since 1997. [95466]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The table shows the full-time equivalent number of nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff per 100 average daily available beds for national health service hospital and community services in England and each specified organisation as at 30 September of each specified year.

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England Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust West Suffolk Hospitals NHS Trust





































1. Bed data are from the Department of Health Hospital Activity Statistics form KH03, based on the financial year. Available bed numbers are defined as the number of NHS beds available in wards open overnight. Available beds can either be occupied or available for use. This does not include day only beds and residential care beds.
2. Staff in post figures are from The Information Centre for health and social care, non-medical workforce census, 30 September 2005.

Mr. Dai Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many British-trained nurses are seeking employment in nursing. [99337]

Ms Rosie Winterton: This information is not collected centrally.

Nursing/Residential Homes

Steve Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) nursing homes and (b) residential homes were found to be (i) in full compliance, (ii) in part compliance and (iii) not in compliance with the infection control standards set out in the national minimum standards for (A) older people’s homes, (B) adult homes and (C) children’s homes in each year since 1997. [97640]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: The Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI) records whether homes exceed, meet, almost meet or fail to meet the standards so the information cannot be provided in the required format.

The numbers of nursing and residential homes found to have exceeded, met, almost met and failed to meet infection control standards set out in the national minimum standards for care homes for older people, younger adults and children in each year since the establishment of the National Care Standards Commission (NCSC) in April 2002 are shown in the tables which have also been placed in the Library.

On-call General Practitioner Services

Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to ensure that doctors providing out of hours on-call services have access to full patient records and up-to-date patient notes. [93932]

Caroline Flint: In the future, each person using the national health service will have a personal electronic care record which can be accessed quickly and securely by health care professionals legitimately involved in the person's care. This will include those providing out-of-hours services. The electronic NHS care record will be made up of detailed care records and a summary care record. The summary record will be held on a national database known as Spine to ensure that particularly important patient information is always accessible. This will include data such as name, address,
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NHS number and date of birth, and clinical information such as allergies, adverse reactions to drugs, and details of any visits to accident and emergency services. More in-depth details will be held locally where most care is delivered. This will include detailed personal health information such as records of conditions, medication, operations, tests, X-rays, scans and other results. Links to local information will be available from the summary record.

Strict controls will be in place for both the detailed and summary care records so that only those people involved in the care of the patient will have access to patient information appropriate to their role.

Roll-out of electronic care records across the NHS will be phased over a number of years, with completion expected in 2010.

The urgent and emergency care strategy we develop will provide the framework for an integrated, whole system patient focused approach to urgent care. This will include access to the electronic patient record.

Organ Donation/Transplants

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what her strategy is for increasing the human organ donation rate in England; [97822]

(2) what plans she has to increase transplant capacity; and if she will make a statement. [97823]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The Department of Health launched “Saving Lives, Valuing Donors: A Transplant Framework for England” in 2003 and the National Service Framework for Renal Services in 2004. These set out the Department’s key aims for organ and tissue transplantation over the next 10 years. Over the last five years, DH funding has supported a number of hospital based initiatives to increase donor rates such as donor liaison nurses, live donor co-ordinators, new non heartbeating donor programmes and additional transplant co-ordinators.

We are all anxious to see organ donation and transplant rates start to rise and match rates seen in some other European countries. I have therefore asked a small group of key people to form an organ donation taskforce. The taskforce will:

The taskforce will report by spring 2007.

Mr. Salmond: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people were on the waiting list for an organ transplant in each year since 1999; and what the average waiting time was for such an operation in each year, broken down by (a) NHS trust and (b) organ type; [89397]

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(2) how many people have been awaiting organ donations in each NHS trust in the last five years. [89378]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The information requested has been placed in the Library.


Ms Angela C. Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many orthodontic treatments were carried out by dentists and orthodontists for (a) adults and (b) children in (i) England and (ii) Sheffield in each of the last five years. [99444]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The table shows the number of claims for orthodontic treatment(1) by child and adult in England and Sheffield for the years ending 31 March 2002-2006.

England Sheffield( 2,3,4)
Child Adult Child Adult


























(1) Data are total number of claims which included at least one orthodontic treatment. Orthodontic treatment is as defined under the terms of the Statement of Dental Remuneration.
(2) Data for the year ending 2002 are for Sheffield Health Authority.
(3) Data for the year ending 2003 are a combination of April 2002 to September 2002 data for Sheffield Health Authority and October 2002 to March 2003 data for the PCTs listed in superscript 4.
(4). Data for the years ending 2004 onwards consist of a sum of the following PCTs: North Sheffield, Sheffield West, Sheffield South West and South East Sheffield.
1, Under Personal Dental Services (PDS) pilots, dentists were not required to report orthodontic treatment activity for children. Dentists still had to report the courses of treatment, but they were not identifiable as orthodontic from the treatment lists and may not therefore have been included in the counts of orthodontic treatment claims.
2. Because of the transition arrangements from General Dental Services to PDS pilots, some claims may have been double counted.
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