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Asthma: Admissions

Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the standardised admission rate to hospitals for asthma was for each primary care trust in England in 2005. [136758]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: Information on the standardised admission rate for asthma for 2005 is not held centrally.

Asthma: East of England

Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many community-based specialists in the care of patients with asthma there are in the East of England strategic health authority area; and if she will make a statement. [136757]


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Mr. Ivan Lewis: The information requested is not held centrally. It is for local NHS organisations to ensure that they have sufficient suitably qualified staff to deliver services to meet the needs of the communities that they serve.

Asthma: Peterborough

Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many asthma patients in the Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust area have (a) a written personal asthma action plan and (b) a care plan; and if she will make a statement. [136756]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: The information requested is not held centrally.

Blood

Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what representations her Department received prior to 1990 from the World Health Organisation on the safety of imported blood from areas with a high prevalence of hepatitis; and if she will make a statement; [134906]

(2) what advice her Department received between 1977 and 1989 from the World Health Organisation on the safety of imported blood from the US; and if she will make a statement. [135266]

Caroline Flint: We are not aware of advice received from the World Health Organisation (WHO) on the safety of imported blood. The Department of Health and Social Security at the time supported the WHO policy that each country should be able to supply its own blood and blood products. Further information about the policy to be self sufficient in blood products is contained in the report, “Self-Sufficiency in Blood Products in England and Wales”. A copy has been placed in the Library.

In 1975 a WHO resolution made a number of recommendations in relation to blood safety (resolution 28.72).

Carers: Finance

Helen Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations she has received on ring-fencing funding for the carers' grant; and if she will make a statement. [136985]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: I have received representations from councils, voluntary sector organisations and individual carers regarding the ring-fencing of the carers grant.

The carers grant is one of several grants which have had their ring-fencing removed. This is part of an overall Government initiative to give councils flexibility to focus resources on key targets. Local government have requested these freedoms for some time.

Carers are a high priority for Government and we are committed to ensuring they are supported. The grant remains a targeted grant and demonstrates our continued commitment to carers’ services. We will continue to provide guidance on the Government's intention for the grant.


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Childbirth

Andrew George: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 23 March 2007, Official Report, column 1190W, on childbirth, in what form her Department holds information on the hospital episode statistics of maternity cases. [136498]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: The Department has made public the data it has available in “Maternity Statistics—England 2004-05”, which was published in 2006 and copies of which are available in the Library.

Conflict Resolution Training

Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost of the conflict resolution training provided by her Department has been since inception; and how many staff hours have been spent on such training. [115653]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The information requested is not collated centrally. The cost of provision of conflict resolution training for front line staff is borne by each national health service health body, individually. The amount of staff hours that have been spent on that training is also determined at a local level.

Dermatology

Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment her Department has made of the impact of recent trends in the number of secondary care referrals for skin conditions on the training of new consultant dermatologists. [134869]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The Department is not responsible for setting curricula for health professional training; that is rightly the responsibility of the statutory and professional bodies. However, we do share a commitment with those bodies that all health professionals are trained so that they have the skills and knowledge to deliver a high quality health service to all groups of the population with whom they deal.

Diabetes

Mr. Anthony Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in (a) England and (b) Great Yarmouth were diagnosed with diabetes in each of the last 30 years for which figures are available. [135201]

Ms Rosie Winterton: Data on the numbers of people diagnosed with diabetes are not available in the format requested.

The table shows the number of patients diagnosed with diabetes identified by general practitioner practices in England and Great Yarmouth primary care trust (PCT), 2004-05 (the first year of data from this source) and 2005-06:


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2004-05( 1) 2005-06( 2)

England

1,760,000

1,890,000

Great Yarmouth PCT

3,663

3,901

(1) Source: 2004-05 Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) data published by The Information Centre for Health and Social Care This is the first year of data from this source. (2) Source: 2005-06 QOF data published by The Information Centre for health and social care. Notes: 1. Diabetes prevalence The disease register in QOF for diabetes does not include any patient below the age of 17. 2. Coverage of QOF Patients will contribute to the figures in QOF only if they are registered with a general practice participating in QOF. Not all practices participate in QOF and some participate in some parts only (especially PMS practices who are paid under different arrangements for providing services which are part of QOF for GMS practices).

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Doctors: Manpower

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of doctors were employed in (a) trust grade and (b) staff grade positions in each of the past five years. [134107]

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

Hospital and community health services (HCHS): medical and dental staff, showing staff grade and all trust grade staff( 1,2) England at 30 September each year
Number (headcount) and percentage
2002 2003 2004 2005 2006

All staff

77,031

80,851

86,996

90,630

93,320

O f which:

Staff grade

5,255

5,255

5,467

5,527

5,937

Percentage of all doctors

6.8

6.5

6.3

6.1

6.4

Trust grade staff (1,)( )(2)

0

1,266

1,287

3,600

2,591

Percentage of all doctors

0

1.6

1.5

4.0

2.8

(1) This figure is made up of all the Trust Grade staff from the following grades: staff grade, registrar group, senior house officer and house officer.
(2 )Historically trust doctors or other similar locally employed non-standard grades, were included within numbers in various grades in the census and not identified separately. Due to concerns following an unexpectedly large increase in the number of senior house officers recorded in the 2002 census, steps were taken to enable NHS trusts to identify trust doctors separately in their census returns.
Trust grade data should be treated with caution. Although specific codes for identifying trust doctors in the census have been made available, it appears that NHS organisations have not used these codes consistently.
Source:
The Information Centre for health and social care medical and dental Workforce Census.

Mr. Hepburn: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) doctors and (b) nurses were employed by the NHS in (i) South Tyneside, (ii) the North East and (iii) England in each year since 1997. [134838]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The information requested has been placed in the Library.

Epilepsy

Mr. Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions have been held with representatives of epilepsy specialist nurses; and if she will make a statement. [136708]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: I met with representatives of Epilepsy Action, the Multiple Sclerosis Society and Parkinson’s Disease Society on 1 May to discuss specialist nursing for long-term neurological conditions. As a result of this meeting, the Department will be working with the voluntary sector to develop good practice guidance that makes the case for, and supports, the further development of specialist nursing roles.

GPs: Manpower

Mr. Hepburn: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many general practitioners per head of population there were in (a) the Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England in each year since 1997. [134839]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The number of general practitioners per 100,000 population is shown in the following table for South Tyneside primary care trust (PCT), the North East and England. Information is collected by PCT and it is not possible to map this to a specific constituency.


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General medical practitioners (excluding retainers and registrars)( 1) per 100,000 head of population for specified organisations, 1997 to 2006, England
Number (headcount)
1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006

England

All GMPs (excluding retainers and registrars)

28,046

28,251

28,467

28,593

28,802

29,202

30,358

31,523

32,738

33,091

All GMPs (excluding retainers and registrars per 100,000 population)

57.6

57.9

58.1

58.1

58.2

58.8

60.9

62.9

64.9

65.3

North East

All GMPs (excluding retainers and registrars)

1,432

1,426

1,446

1,453

1,514

1,535

1,611

1,678

1,726

1,815

All GMPs (excluding retainers and registrars per 100,000 population)

55.8

55.7

56.7

57.1

59.6

60.5

63.4

65.9

67.5

70.9

O f which:

South Tyneside PCT

All GMPs (excluding retainers and registrars)

84

84

88

88

97

100

All GMPs (excluding retainers and registrars per 100,000 population)

55.0

55.2

58.0

58.1

64.1

66.1

(1) General Medical Practitioners (excluding retainers and registrars) includes GP Providers and GP Others
Notes:
1. Mid-year 2005 population estimates have been used for the 2006 organisation level calculations which are therefore subject to change.
2. Data as at 1 October 1997-99, 30 September 2000-06.
Source:
The Information Centre for health and social care General and Personal Medical Services Statistics ONS 2001 based population census

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