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Mr. Bone: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his letter of 27 July to the hon. Member for Wellingborough, what the evidential basis was for his statement that Mrs. Waterer has had the treatment Avastin made available to her. 
Mr. Bradshaw: Information is not held centrally in the format requested. Information about number of full-time equivalent midwives at the Gloucestershire hospitals national health service foundation trust is provided in the following table.
|NHS hospital and community health services: r egistered midwifes at Gloucestershire hospitals NHS foundation trust as at 30 September each specified year|
1. Full-time equivalent figures are rounded to the nearest whole number. In 2002 Gloucestershire Royal NHS trust and East Gloucestershire trusts merged to form Gloucestershire hospitals NHS foundation trust.
2. Figures prior to 2002 are therefore listed as a combination of the two former organisations.
Information Centre for health and social care Non-Medical Workforce Census
Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) doctors, (b) nurses and (c) dentists were employed in the NHS in (i) full-time equivalent terms and (ii) headcount terms in (A) 1979, (B) 1997 and (C) the most recent period for which figures are available. 
|All doctors, dentists and qualified nursing staff England|
|Number (headcount)9HC) and full-time equivalents|
|(1) Headcount figures exclude medical hospital practitioners and medical clinical assistants, most of whom are also GPs that work part-time in hospitals.|
(2 )GP retainers were first collected in 1999 and are omitted for comparability purposes
(3 )Information as at 31 March 2007 is based on the new dental contractual arrangements, introduced on 1 April 2006, and is not comparable with earlier information.
Due to changes in coverage between the old and new contractual arrangements, there are some dentists working in trust-led dental services who were not previously included in the old figures. The national health service Business Services Authority Dental Services Division has estimated an upper bound of 578 dentists who fall in this category.
The figures take no account of the level of service, if any, that each dentist provided.
Numbers of dentists (headcount) have been provided as no whole-time equivalent information is available.
(4) Figures for 1979 are hospital staff only and are therefore not directly comparable with later years
All data as at 30 September except 1979 and 1997 GP practice nurse data as at 1 October.
(5) Denotes data not available.
Mr. Wallace: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many trusts have waived their rights to recovery of maternity pay as set out in part 3, section 15.30 of Agenda for Change: NHS terms and conditions of service handbook, January 2005; 
(2) what studies his Department has carried out into the cost implications of NHS trusts waiving their rights to recovery of maternity pay as set out in part 3, section 15.30 of Agenda for Change: NHS terms and conditions of service handbook, January 2005. 
Alan Johnson: We do not hold information centrally on trusts waiving their right to recovery of maternity pay as set out in part 3, section 15.30 of Agenda for Change: NHS terms and conditions of service handbook, January 2005 and no studies have been undertaken on this issue.
Alan Johnson: Data on sickness absence are collected as a part of the Department's routine monitoring and has been a part of the Department's productive time programme. An indicator on sickness absence is included in the Better Care Better Value Indicators. The NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement included managing sickness absence as one of the ways of improving efficiency and productivity in their publication Delivering Quality and Value: Focus on Productivity and Efficiency.
Peter Bottomley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the variety in the interpretations and determinations of the European Working Time Directives in relation to hospital staff in England; and if he will make a statement. 
The EWTD was implemented for the vast majority of national health service staff groups in 1998 in accordance with regulations. The Government negotiated an extension to the EWTD for doctors in training to enable phased implementation from August 2004.
The Department is sponsoring NHS national workforce projects to support local EWTD implementation for doctors in training through a range of pilots including cooperative solutions, team working, handover and escalation and 24:7 working. The pilots take in a wide variety of organisations to look at solutions which are transferable across the NHS. There is ongoing evaluation of the pilots to share lessons learned as early as possible.
Peter Bottomley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the conclusions of the Healthcare Commission were on the contributory factors to maternal deaths at Northwick Park following the merger with Central Middlesex; and how many births there were at Northwick Park (a) before and (b) after the merger. 
The information requested on the number of births at Northwick Park before and after the merger with Central Middlesex Hospital NHS Trust is not held centrally. However, the amount of births at North West London Hospital NHS Trust since 1999 is shown in the following table. Data were not provided in 2001-02 due to data issues associated with this Trust.
|Count of finished consultant (birth) episodes at North West London Hospital NHS Trust 1999-2006|
|(1) Data not available due to data quality issues Notes: A finished consultant episode is defined as a period of admitted patient care under one consultant within one healthcare provider. Please note that the figures do not represent the number of patients, as a person may have had more than one episode of care within the year. Source: Hospital Episode Statistics|
Ben Chapman: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether mechanisms are being put in place to ensure that strategic health authorities are integrating approaches to prescribing across primary and secondary care so that there is consistency between general practitioners and consultants choices of drugs with regard to patients discharged into primary care as recommended by the National Audit Offices report, Prescribing Costs in Primary Care; 
(2) what mechanisms are being put in place to ensure that strategic health authorities are integrating approaches to prescribing across primary and secondary care so that patients discharged into primary care are not continued on their course of drug treatment for longer than necessary, as recommended by the National Audit Offices report Prescribing Costs in Primary Care. 
Alan Johnson: Medicines management and prescribing have long been recognised as key elements of both primary care trust and acute trust business and it is important that these organisations liaise effectively on these issues. This can be achieved through Area Prescribing Committees (APCs). The Department recently commissioned the National Prescribing Centre to update their guidance document, which was published in May this year, with the aim of reinforcing the role of APCs.
Ben Chapman: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what mechanisms are being put in place to ensure that strategic health authorities are integrating approaches to prescribing across primary and secondary care so that patients discharged into primary care have their medicines reviewed regularly, as recommended by the National Audit Offices report Prescribing Costs in Primary Care. 
There are a wide range of mechanisms in place in primary care to assist healthcare professionals in reviewing patients medication use, for example medicines use reviews, repeat dispensing and National Prescribing Centre initiatives, such as the medicines management collaborate scheme. The recent
National Audit Office report on prescribing costs in primary care places further impetus on undertaking these types of activities.
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