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Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding for training purposes was provided to strategic health authorities (SHAs) in 2005-06, broken down by SHA; and what the actual expenditure on training was in each authority. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The funding allocated for training purposes to strategic health authorities (SHAs) in 2005-06, broken down by SHA, and the actual expenditure on training in each authority as set out in the SHA annual accounts is shown in the table.
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Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 23 March 2007, Official Report, column 1200W, on nurses: schools, if she will provide equivalent figures for (a) England, (b) each region and (c) each London borough. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: This information has been placed in the Library. It is not possible to show the number school nurses by London borough, but we can show them by trust.
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to raise public awareness of the right of living people to donate organs. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: Over the last six years, Government funding through NHS Blood and Transplant has enabled £14 million of investment in hospital based programmes to increase organ donation, including 25 living kidney donor schemes. Since 2001-02, there has been a 77 per cent. increase in living donors.
In addition, in May 2005, a joint initiative between the Association of British Pharmaceutical Industries, national health service, Association of Renal Industries, UK Transplant and the Department funded two living donor co-ordinator posts and information booklets for patients and families considering live donation.
The Human Tissue Authority has published an information document detailing the legal and ethical considerations to live donation, including non-directed donation, and the regulatory role it plays in the process following the introduction of the Human Tissue Act 2004.
Mr. Iain Wright:
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action she plans to take (a) to improve
existing transport links between the University Hospital of Hartlepool and University Hospital of North Tees and (b) to plan for efficient and effective transport links for patients and visitors to the new hospital to be built by the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Trust. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The improvement of any existing services and future planning of effective transport links between the University Hospitals of Hartlepool and North Tees are the responsibility of the local national health service working in partnership with the relevant local transport authorities.
At my recent meeting with the hon. Member, he agreed to meet with local transport authorities, the local NHS and other stakeholders in order to move forward with ideas on how to promote better access and transport links and we welcome this.
Mr. Iain Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on the improvement of public transport links for (a) patients and (b) visitors to NHS hospitals; 
(2) what guidance her Department gives to NHS acute trusts with services split between different sites on the most efficient and effective means of patients travelling (a) between sites and (b) from one town to another, when those sites are in different towns, to access services. 
Andy Burnham: There have been no recent meetings with the Secretary of State for Transport about arrangements for patients travelling by public transport to, or between, national health service hospital sites. It is for local health service managers, in consultation with the relevant transport authorities, to determine the most suitable travel arrangements.
The Department has issued general best practice guidance to the NHS on developing travel plans and providing adequate transport and car parking. Health Technical Memorandum 07-03, Transport management and car-parking, was published in 2006 and copies are available in the Library.
Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding is planned to be provided to support the establishment of a Royal College of Pharmacy as envisaged by the White Paper on health regulation. 
Andy Burnham: The short term working party on pharmacy regulation, chaired by Lord Carter of Coles, has recently completed its work. Ministers are considering its conclusions. While the establishment of a Royal College for Pharmacy is largely a matter for the pharmacy profession, the Government have no desire to see the development of either the General Pharmaceutical Council or the proposed Royal College in a manner which is unsustainable.
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Answer of 2 March 2007, Official Report, column 1586W, on primary health care, how many primary care centres were built in each year since 1997, broken down by strategic health authority area. 
Andy Burnham: Delivery of the 500 primary care centres referred to in the report Keeping it personalclinical case for change relates to the target set in the NHS plan to create that number of centres by December 2004. This target was achieved with the creation of 510 centres. By the time the report was published on 5 February, data returns by strategic health authorities (SHAs) indicated that the number of primary care centres had significantly increased to 674. A breakdown of this number by SHA is in the following table:
|Primary care one stop centres by SHA: as at quarter three 2006-07|
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Mr. Baron: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many prosthetists were working in the NHS in each of the last 10 years. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: This information is not collected centrally, prosthetists are not identified separately in the annual workforce census from the rest of the scientific, therapeutic and technical workforce.
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what data are collected as part of the radiotherapy episodes statistics system. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The radiotherapy episodes statistics (RES) project collects information on patient treatment and usage of radiotherapy machines from radiotherapy centres, and links this with hospital records data extracted from the national Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) database, using information like hospital length of stay, diagnosis and procedures performed.
The linked patient record from the RES system enables us for the first time to track the patient pathway for patients who are admitted for hospital care
and episodes of radiotherapy treatment. It will allow us to see different patient care patterns, and develop and share national comparative information that has not been available before.
A copy of the RES dataset has been placed in the Library. The dataset is collected voluntarily and we are currently standardising the content and definitions of the data collected. We are also seeking full data standards operational approval, so that we can move to a mandated national health service data collection from April 2008 onwards.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what payments (a) her Department and (b) the NHS made to Reed Healthcare plc. between July 2001 and November 2004. 
Andy Burnham: In the period between July 2001 and November 2004, the Department made no payments to Reed Healthcare plc.
Information on payments made by the national health service to individual suppliers is not collected centrally.
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