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NHS: Equal Opportunities

Michael Jabez Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) gender, (b) age and (c) ethnicity is of (i) chairmen and (ii) non-executive directors appointed during the last 12 months to NHS trusts in (A) England and (B) South East Coast Strategic Health Authority. [128991]

Ms Rosie Winterton: Information about the gender, age and ethnicity of chairs and non-executive directors of national health service trusts and strategic health authorities in England, is held by the Appointments Commission. I have asked Sir William Wells, Chair of the Commission, to respond to the query directly.

NHS: Tolls

Mr. Hands: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what cost was incurred by all London hospital NHS trusts in reimbursing staff for the London congestion charge in the last financial year. [131598]

Ms Rosie Winterton: This information is not collected by the Department. However, a national health service reimbursement scheme run by Transport
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for London (TfL) ensures that the NHS is not financially disadvantaged by the congestion charge scheme. Staff on NHS duties are reimbursed by the relevant NHS organisation which is then reimbursed by TfL.

In the last financial year, TfL paid £166,740 to reimburse NHS organisations in London for staff journeys made while engaged in the following activities: transporting bulky, heavy or fragile equipment or supplies; transporting patients’ notes or other clinically confidential material; transporting controlled drugs; transporting clinical waste, radioactive materials, contaminated sharps or non-medical poisons; transporting prescription only medicines or waste medicinal products; transporting clinical specimens, body fluids, tissues or organs; or on call—and providing services that are required in consequence of an emergency or other extraordinary circumstance.

Non-medical Vacancies

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how often the non-medical vacancy rate is surveyed; and when the next such survey will be published; [129899]

(2) how many vacancies there are for each non-medical profession in (a) England and (b) each strategic health authority; and what vacancy rate this represents in each case. [129902]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The vacancy survey is carried out as at 31 March each year by The Information Centre and defines a vacancy as one which has lasted three months or more and which the employer is actively trying to fill. The next survey will be carried out at the end of March 2007 and the results will be published in July 2007.

The results of the 2006 vacancy survey showing the number of vacancies and vacancy rates in the non-medical professions, nationally and by each strategic health authority have been placed in the Library.

Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Trust: Midwives

David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) full-time midwives and (b) midwife assistants were employed by Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS trust as at 31 September in each of the last five years. [129333]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The information requested is set out in the following table.


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NHS hospital and community health services: qualified midwifery staff and support staff in the maternity services area of work in the Northern Lincolnshire and Goole national health service trust as at 30 September each specified year
Full-time equivalent
2001 2002 2003 2004 2005

Total specified staff

90

159

150

211

205

Qualified midwives

65

122

109

151

142

Nursing assistants/auxiliaries

11

11

10

17

15

Health care assistants

14

26

30

40

44

Support workers

0

0

0

3

3

Note:
Full-time equivalent figures are rounded to the nearest whole number.
Source:
The Information Centre for health and social care non-medical work force census.

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David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many vacancies for midwife positions there were in each of the last three years for (a) Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Trust and (b) the NHS. [129334]

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

The Information Centre for Health and Social Care Vacancies Survey NHS three month vacancies for qualified midwives each specified year. Three month vacancy rates, numbers and staff in post
March 2003 September 2002 March 2004 September 2003
Three month vacancy rate ( % ) Three month vacancy number Staff in post (whole-time equivalent) Staff in post (headcount) Three month vacancy rate ( % ) Three month vacancy number Staff in post (whole-time equivalent) Staff in post (headcount)

England

3.1

572

18,119

23,249

3.3

619

18,444

23,941

of which:

Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Trust

0.0

(1)

122

149

0.0

(1)

109

133


March 2005 September 2004 March 2006 September 2005
Three month vacancy rate ( % ) Three month vacancy number Staff in post (whole-time equivalent) Staff in post (headcount) Three month vacancy rate ( % ) Three month vacancy number Staff in post (whole-time equivalent) Staff in post (headcount)

England

1.8

348

18,854

24,844

1.0

185

18,949

24,808

of which:

Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Trust

(1)

(1)

0.0

0

142

179

(1 )Zero
Three month vacancy notes:
1 Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Trust did not supply a valid return for the 2005 vacancies survey. Vacancy data for this trust for this year are not available.
2. Three month vacancy information is as at 31 March each specified year.
3. Three month vacancies are vacancies which trusts are actively trying to fill, which had lasted for three months or more (full-time equivalents).
4. Three month vacancy rates are three month vacancies expressed as a percentage of three month vacancies plus staff in post.
5. Three month vacancy rates are calculated using staff in post from the Non-Medical Workforce Census
6. Percentages are rounded to one decimal place.
7. Vacancy and staff in post numbers are rounded to the nearest whole number.
8. Calculating the vacancy rates using the above data may not equal the actual vacancy rates.
9. Due to rounding, totals may not equal the sum of component parts.
Sources:
The Information Centre for Health and Social Care Vacancies Survey 31 March each specified year.
The Information Centre for Health and Social Care Non-Medical Workforce Census 30 September each specified year.

Patients: Barnet

Mr. Dismore: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients in Barnet received (a) in-patient and (b) out-patient treatment in (i) 1996-97, (ii) 1997-98 and (iii) 2005-06; how many have received each type of treatment in 2006-07; and if she will make a statement. [129815]

Andy Burnham: The information requested is shown in the following tables.

Since 1998-99, in-patient data have been collected on first finished consultant episodes (FFCEs). This is not directly comparable with the data collected before 1998-99, which were on the more widely defined finished consultant episodes (FCEs).


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Enfield Primary Care Trust run a specialist clinical assessment service, which triages outpatient referrals and is redirecting a significant proportion to alternative services in primary care.

In - patients elective and non-elective general and acute activity
Definition Finished consultant episodes in Barnet

1996-97

FCEs

83,276

1997-98

FCEs

73,005

2005-06

FFCEs

72,048

Part-year April 2006 to January 2007

FFCEs

64,345


Out-patients—total out-patient attendances—all specialties
Finished consultant episodes in Barnet

1996-97

353,979

1997-98

315,553

2005-06

278,641

Part-year April 2006 to January 2007

204,533

Notes:
The 1996-97 and 1997-98 figures are for Chase Farm Hospitals Trust and Wellhouse National Health Service Trust combined. The 2005-06 and 2006-07 figures are for Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust, formed in April 1999 from the merger of the other two.
Source:
Department of Health Monthly Monitoring and KH09/QMOP/QM08 returns

School Nurses

Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many school nurses are employed by each primary care trust; and how many carry out vision screening of (a) primary school children and (b) secondary school children. [121470]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The information on school nurses employed by primary care trust (PCT) has been placed in the Library.

Although 100 PCTs do not employ any school nurses, this does not necessarily mean that there are no school nurses working in that area. The data taken from the Information Centre workforce census record who employs school nurses rather than where they actually work. For example, some of the 41 school nurses who were employed by the former Leeds East PCT worked within other PCT boundaries in Leeds where none were employed.

Information is not collected centrally on how many of these carry out vision screening.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Mark Hunter: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the Government has spent on the (a) treatment and (b) prevention of sexually transmitted diseases in the last 12 months; and how much will be spent over the next five years. [132511]

Andy Burnham: Sexually transmitted infection testing and treatment is funded through general allocations to primary care trusts (PCTs) and is not separately identified. In addition, PCTs received funding for implementing the targets in the White Paper “Choosing Health: making healthy choices
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easier”, a copy of which is available in the Library. PCT revenue allocations separately identify funding to support the implementation of “Choosing Health”. It is for PCTs to determine how to use the funding allocated to them to commission services to meet the healthcare needs of their local populations.

Funding for prevention of sexually transmitted infections (STI) is focused on the “Condom Essential Wear” campaign, which targets some of the hardest to reach young people who are at risk of contracting an STI. £6 million funding was provided for the campaign in 2006-07 and £4 million for the financial year 2007-08. It is too early to say what the funding levels will be beyond this.

In addition to the funding for the “Condom Essential Wear” campaign, the Department has also funded/agreed to fund the following:


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