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Ms Rosie Winterton: It is the responsibility of primary care trusts and strategic health authorities to analyse their local situation, develop plans and take action to recruit the appropriate staff required to deliver high quality physiotherapy services.

The Department is working closely with NHS Employers and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy to find opportunities for those coming out of training. NHS Employers published guidance recently to support local national health service organisations, to help them maximise employment opportunities and to ensure the health and social care services do not lose the skills of newly qualified physiotherapists.

On 7 February, NHS Employers hosted a summit, which brought together representatives from strategic health authorities, trade unions, the independent health care sector, social care, the higher education sector and Jobcentre Plus. The outcome of the day was a jointly agreed action plan to help newly qualified health care professionals find jobs. The action plan will be taken forward by local partnerships working together to develop the best solutions for their area.

Retirement Age

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 23 January 2007, Official Report, column 1756W, on retirement age, if she will place in the Library a copy of the letter to be sent to employees. [112621]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: Copies of the letter have been placed in the Library.

Tuberculosis

Mr. Gale: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of tuberculosis were reported (a) in England, (b) the area covered by the East Kent Hospitals Trust and (c) at the Queen Elizabeth Queen Mother Hospital, Margate in each of the last 10 years. [123444]


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Caroline Flint [holding answer 28 February 2007]: Reports of tuberculosis in England 1995-2005 are shown in the table.

Data for tuberculosis rates for individual hospitals are not collected centrally.

Number of case reports

2005

7,846

2004

7,049

2003

6,741

2002

6,638

2001

6,414

2000

6,091

1999

5,539

1998

5,495

Source:
Health Protection Agency enhanced tuberculosis surveillance (ETS) system, piloted in 1998 and introduced in 1999.

Number of notifications

1997

5,664

1996

5,493

1995

5,428

Note:
Data as at 23 February 2007. Data for 2006 are not yet available.
Source:
Health Protection Agency statutory notifications of infectious diseases (NOIDS) NOIDS data are less precise than those collected through ETS.

Written Questions

Mr. Jamie Reed: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she will answer the questions tabled by the hon. Member for Cleveland on 16 January 2007, on radioactive hospital waste, references (a) 117208 and (b) 117210; and if she will make a statement. [123028]

Andy Burnham [holding answer 28 February 2007]: I replied to the hon. Member’s questions on 27 February 2007, Official Report column 1288W.


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