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Since a large number of drug users may be using more than one drug, treatments are generally user-specific rather than drug-specific. Treatments provided for cannabis-induced psychosis can include help with stopping or reducing cannabis use, including specialist services where cannabis addiction may be present, anti-psychotic treatment as appropriate and support in understanding the harmful effects of cannabis.

The Department has also distributed a cannabis toolkit for service users and healthcare professionals, to help to reduce and stop the use of cannabis. However, decisions about the development of drug treatment services are the responsibility of local commissioners who are best placed to assess the needs of their local population.

Midwives: Lancashire

Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many midwives were employed in hospitals in Lancashire in each of the last five years. [126221]

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


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National health service hospital and community health services: Qualified midwifery staff in each specified organisation as at 30 September
H eadcount
2001 2002 2003 2004 2005

Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

RVY

127

113

116

116

129

Morecambe Bay Hospitals NHS Trust(1)

RTX

159

159

149

356

177

Blackburn, Hyndburn and Ribble Valley Health Care(3)

RMB

167

168

n/a

n/a

n/a

Blackpool Victoria(2)

RMR

176

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre Hospitals NHS Trust(2)

RXL

n/a

150

131

126

125

Burnley Healthcare NHS Trust(3)

REU

106

109

n/a

n/a

n/a

Chorley and South Ribble NHS Trust(4)

RJU

37

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust(3)

RXR

n/a

n/a

283

303

316

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust(4)

RXN

n/a

194

149

177

186

Preston Acute Hospitals NHS Trust(4)

RMF

165

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a = Not applicable
(1) In 2004 Morecambe Bay Hospitals NHS submitted an incorrect bank nursing return. The Trust alerted us to this several months after the publication of the Census, by which time it was too late to amend the results. Nursing figures from this Trust for 2004 are inaccurate.
(2.) Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre Hospitals NHS Trust was formed in April 2002 from a merger of Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre Community Health Services NHS Trust and Blackpool Victoria Hospital NHS Trust.
(3) East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust was formed in April 2003 from a merger of Burnley Health Care NHS Trust and Blackburn, Hyndburn and Ribble Valley Health Care NHS Trust.
(4) Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust was formed in August 2002 from a merger of Chorley and South Ribble NHS Trust and Preston Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.
Source:
The Information Centre for health and social care non-medical workforce census.

NHS: Crime of Violence

Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many physical attacks there were on NHS staff in each year between 1997 and 2006 in each strategic health authority. [130814]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The information requested has not been collated centrally for the period 1997-2004.

A table outlining the estimated number of reported violent and abusive incidents collected by the Department for 2000-01, 2001-02, 2002-03 for each strategic health authority (SHA) in England is available in the Library.

In April 2003 the NHS Security Management Service (NHS SMS) was created and assumed responsibility for the issue of tackling violence against NHS staff. The NHS SMS has collected data on the
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actual number of reported physical assaults on NHS staff in England 2004-05 and 2005-06.

A breakdown of the figures for each SHA, for the 2004-2006 reporting periods, is provided in the table shown.

Physical assaults
SHA name 2004-05 2005-06

Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire

2,342

2,508

Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire

1,206

2,104

Essex

1,286

1,142

North West London

1,321

1,293

North Central London

1,249

1,017

North East London

1,162

883

South East London

1,459

1,673

South West London

819

841

Northumberland, Tyne and Wear

4,043

3,551

County Durham and Tees Valley

3,333

1,787

North and East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire

1,345

1,347

West Yorkshire

4,796

3,683

Cumbria and Lancashire

2,989

2,534

Greater Manchester

2,481

2,119

Cheshire and Merseyside

2,389

2,567

Thames Valley

1,639

1,600

Hampshire and Isle of Wight

1,724

1,882

Kent and Medway

2,407

2,120

Surrey and Sussex

1,821

1,507

Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire

2,900

2,863

South West Peninsula

895

1,418

Dorset and Somerset

1,504

1,800

South Yorkshire

2,272

2,310

Trent

3,664

3,612

Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland

1,665

2,247

Shropshire and Staffordshire

2,440

2,669

Birmingham and The Black Country

2,952

2,761

West Midlands South

2,277

2,857

Total

60,380

58,695


NHS: Equal Pay

Alistair Burt: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate of cost over and above current provision she has made of the impact of the Equal Pay Act 1970 on individual (a) primary care trusts and (b) NHS trusts in the Eastern Region; and if she will make a statement. [127636]

Ms Rosie Winterton: There are around 120 equal pay claims outstanding against national health service organisations in the East of England strategic health authority area. It is not possible to estimate what, if any, additional cost will arise from these claims as there are a number of significant legal issues which need to be resolved before liability can be assessed.


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Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre NHS Trust

Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps her Department is taking (a) to safeguard the future of Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre NHS Trust at Headington, Oxford and (b) to ensure that provisions for local services and specialist work can be maintained in the area. [131390]

Ms Rosie Winterton: It is the responsibility of primary care trusts and strategic health authorities (SHAs) 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 orthopaedic services while maintaining financial balance. The Department is working with the Specialist Orthopaedic Alliance,
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specialist orthopaedic hospitals and their host SHA to reach a long-term sustainable solution to rewarding the work of specialist orthopaedic hospitals through payment by results.

Nurses: Schools

Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many school nurses there were in (a) England and (b) each region of England in each of the last 10 years. [131674]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The number of school nurses employed in each health region is shown in the table. School nurses have only been separately identified in the national health service workforce census since 2004.

NHS hospital and community health services: qualified nurses in the school nursing area of work in England by strategic health authority area as at 30 September each specified year
Headcount
2004 2005
Total qualified nurses in the school nursing area of work Of which: qualified school nurses( 1) Total qualified nurses in the school nursing area of work Of which: qualified school nurses( 1)

England

2,409

856

2,887

943

North East Strategic Health Authority (SHA) area

145

64

164

61

North West SHA area

468

157

471

192

Yorkshire and the Humber SHA area

303

115

402

132

East Midlands SHA area

230

38

255

34

West Midlands SHA area

185

110

264

110

East of England SHA area

186

71

287

50

London SHA area

363

131

471

168

South East Coast SHA area

180

82

203

97

South Central SHA area

111

45

117

33

South West SHA area

238

43

253

66

(1) Qualified school nurses hold the National Midwifery Council (NMC) Specialist Practice Qualification with an outcome in school nursing, which is a recordable qualification on the NMC register. School nurses have only been collected from 2004 as a separate category.
Source:
The Information Centre for health and social care non-medical workforce census.

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