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Civil Emergencies

Mr. Jamie Reed: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions her Department has held with other relevant Government departments concerning the role of hospitals in civil emergency planning. [117167]

Ms Rosie Winterton: In taking forward the Government’s Capabilities Programme, the Department has regular discussions with the Cabinet Office civil contingencies secretariat and together with other Government departments in seeking to build resilience across all parts of the United Kingdom. The discussions cover the wider aspects of health emergency planning and include issues relating to the acute trusts’ role in civil emergency planning.

Clinical Academic Posts

Laura Moffatt: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps are being taken to ensure that clinical academic posts are not affected by NHS financial deficits. [112631]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The Department’s service level agreement with strategic health authorities for 2007-08 will include the requirement to support these posts.

Colchester General Hospital

Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 11 January 2007, Official Report, column 694W, on Colchester General Hospital, when she expects to make an announcement on the reasonableness of the compensation claim submitted by AMEC and its consortium partners in respect of bidding costs incurred on the cancelled private finance initiative scheme for a project at Colchester General Hospital. [117756]

Andy Burnham [holding answer 31 January 2007]: Final discussions on how to administer any
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compensation payments arising from the claim submitted by AMEC and its consortium partners are continuing between Essex rivers hospitals national health service trust and the Department.

Dentistry

Geraldine Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what improvements have been made in providing NHS dentists in Morecambe and Lunesdale in the last 12 months. [110469]

Ms Rosie Winterton: Patients wishing to access national health service dental treatment in the Morecambe and Lunesdale area are directed to the dental access centre in Morecambe and through this route they gain access to an NHS dentist. The number of dentists in the former Morecambe Bay Primary Care Trust (PCT) area is shown in the table.

Numbers of dentists on an open NHS contract within the former Morecambe Bay PCT as at the specified dates
Morecambe Bay PCT

31 March 2005

129

31 March 2006

142

30 June 2006

131

30 September 2006

138

Notes:
1. Information as at 30 June 2006 and 30 September 2006 is based on the new NHS dental contractual arrangements between providers and PCTs, introduced on 1 April 2006. Earlier data are based on the old contractual arrangements between principal dentists and PCTs and, therefore, are not directly comparable.
2. Figures for the numbers of dentists at specified dates may vary depending on the date the figures are compiled. This is because the NHS BSA may be notified of joiners or leavers to or from the general dental services or personal dental services up to several months, or more, after the move has taken place.
Sources:
The Information Centre for health and social care
NHS Business Services Authority (BSA)

Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the number of people who (a) regularly received NHS dental treatment, (b) regularly received private dental treatment and (c) were not receiving any regular dental treatment in each of the last five years. [110516]

Ms Rosie Winterton: Information is not available on the number of patients accessing regular private treatment or the number accessing no regular dental treatment.

Information is held on the number of patients accessing national health service dental services. Prior to April 2006 the measure used as a proxy for access was the number of patients registered with an NHS dentist. Registrations lasted 15 months. The following table shows the number of patients registered with an NHS dentist as at 31 March of the years 2002 to 2006.


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General dental services (GDS) and personal dental services (PDS): Numbers of patients registered with an NHS dentist and as a proportion of the population in England as at 31 March each year
Number of registrations Proportion of the population (percentage)

2002

24,263,174

49

2003

23,905,016

48

2004

24,337,674

49

2005

24,127,783

48

2006

24,714,417

49

Notes:
1. 2005 and 2006 percentages have been estimated using Office for National Statistics 2004 mid-year population estimates based on the 2001 Census as these are the latest available.
2. PDS schemes had varying registration periods. To ensure comparability with corresponding GDS data, PDS registrations were estimated using proxy registrations, namely the number of patients seen by PDS practices in the previous 15 months. PDS proxy registrations were not estimated for periods before September 2003, actual registrations were used before this date.
3. Data for 2003 and earlier do not include those PDS schemes that did not have any registrations, such as dental access centres, and are therefore not directly comparable with later data.
4. The data for the year ending March 2006 are the final data on registrations. Under the new arrangements for primary dental care services, the measure used as a proxy for access is no longer registrations but the numbers of patients seen within the most recent 24-month period.
Sources:
The Information Centre for health and social care
NHS Business Services Authority (BSA)

David Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many NHS dentists there are per head of population in (a) Leicestershire and (b) the East Midlands; [112281]

(2) how many NHS dentists there are per head of population in (a) London and (b) the South East. [112223]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The information is shown in the following tables.

Numbers of dentists on open national health service contracts per 100,000 population in England, East Midlands Strategic Health Authority (SHA) and the specified primary care trusts (PCTs) as at 30 September 2006
Dentists per 100,000 population

England

40.22

East Midlands SHA

36.62

Charnwood and North West Leicestershire PCT

44.07

Eastern Leicester PCT

55.54

Hinckley and Bosworth PCT

30.61

Leicester City West PCT

51.67

Melton, Rutland and Harborough PCT

43.34

South Leicestershire PCT

32.83

Notes:
1. England and SHA population data have been estimated using Office for National Statistics 2005 mid-year population estimates based on the 2001 census. PCT data have been estimated using 2004 mid-year population estimates as these are the latest available at this level.
2. Dentists will be counted more than once if they have contracts in more than one PCT or SHA. The England figure excludes duplication.
Sources:
The Information Centre for health and social care
NHS Business Services Authority (BSA)

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Numbers of dentists on open NHS contracts per 100,000 population in England, London and the South East Coast Strategic Health Authorities (SHAs) as at 30 September 2006
Dentists per 100,000 population

England

40.22

London SHA

48.13

South East Coast SHA

48.06

Notes:
1. Population data have been estimated using Office for National Statistics 2005 mid-year population estimates based on the 2001 census.
2. Dentists will be counted more than once if they have contracts in more than one SHA. The England figure excludes duplication.
Sources:
The Information Centre for health and social care
NHS Business Services Authority (BSA)

Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many calls NHS Direct has received about dental problems (a) during normal surgery hours and (b) out of hours in each month since April 2005. [113307]

Andy Burnham: The information is in the table.

Number of telephone calls received by NHS Direct that resulted in a dental disposition from April 2005 to November 2006
Month( 1) Total( 2) In-hours( 2) Out-of-hours

2005

April

20,029

8,771

11,258

May

24,333

11,160

13,173

June

22,278

10,422

11,856

July

23,750

9,916

13,834

August

24,309

11,386

12,923

September

23,198

10,562

12,636

October

23,355

10,056

13,299

November

23,070

10,841

12,229

December

24,935

12,482

12,453

2006

January

24,749

10,954

13,795

February

22,856

10,622

12,234

March

28,964

14,290

14,674

April

35,579

12,717

22,862

May

35,347

12,017

23,330

June

30,680

13,353

17,327

July

32,003

12,564

19,439

August

41,696

17,590

24,106

September

35,747

15,594

20,153

October

33,722

15,126

18,596

November

31,185

14,168

17,017

(1 )Number of calls recorded by NHS Direct that resulted in a dental disposition. This does not include health information calls regarding the location of dental services, dental charges etc.
(2 )Out of hours is classed as all day Saturday and Sunday, during bank holidays and on weekdays after 18:30 in the evening and before 08:00 in the morning. Other times are classed as in-hours.
Source:
NHS Direct, national operations centre

Depression

Mr. Todd: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research her Department has commissioned into the pharmacological treatment of depression in the elderly. [112021]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The Department through its health technology assessment programme is undertaking
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a £1.6 million randomised controlled trial examining the clinical and cost effectiveness of the use of antidepressants for depression in dementia.


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