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SHA name Attendances Attendances per 100,000 population




North East



North West



Yorkshire and the Humber



East Midlands



West Midlands



East of England






South East Coast



South Central



South West



In Ql 2006-07, data were collected from the 28 SHAs which existed at the time, this data has been mapped to the new configurations.
Department of Health dataset QMAE
Mid year population estimates for each year, 2001 Census Based: Office for National Statistics (ONS)

Alcoholic Drinks: Young People

Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimates he has made of the number of young people under 16 who are regular binge drinkers. [152243]

Kevin Brennan: I have been asked to reply.

Available evidence suggests (“Schools Survey on Drinking, Smoking and Drug Use among young people”) that the percentage of young people who drink alcohol is falling (from 27 per cent. in 1996 to 21 per cent. in 2006).

Because there is no definition of binge drinking for under-18s, the Government do not make an estimate of how many under-16s regularly binge drink. We do know, from the Schools Survey, that around half of young people under 16 who had drunk alcohol in the last week consumed an average of more than four units on each day they drank. These findings, however, only relate to young people who drank alcohol in the last seven days. The majority of pupils did not drink any alcohol at all during that time.

Ambulance Services: Northamptonshire

Mr. Bone: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the revised plans for ambulance cover in Wellingborough and Northamptonshire. [154478]

Mr. Bradshaw: It is for each ambulance service to plan the provision of appropriate resources to meet local demand. The East Midlands Ambulance Service National Health Service Trust is responsible for ambulance service provision in Wellingborough and Northamptonshire.


Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the Government plan to introduce regulation of the cosmetics industry with regard to botox injections. [154271]

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Mr. Bradshaw: The Government have asked the Independent Healthcare Advisory Services to take the lead in setting up an industry-led self-regulatory scheme for botulinum toxin and dermal fillers. More details about this scheme will be given in due course.

Breast Feeding

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to promote the breastfeeding of infants; and if he will make a statement. [156461]

Dawn Primarolo: The Department continues to support and promote breastfeeding and will be supporting the National Breastfeeding Awareness Week planned from 11 to 17 May 2008. The week will be supported with a range of promotional materials, funding a conference and working with the local national health service, voluntary organisations and practitioners to facilitate locally-run events.

The Department is also exploring the introduction of a new metric on breastfeeding duration. Also ongoing activity includes television and radio advertising, an updated website, revised publications for parents and health professionals, and providing advice/support for pregnant women and new mothers through the Healthy Start programme.

The Department is continuing to work with the Food Standards Agency on the implementation of the European Union directive on infant formula and follow-on formula regulations, including World Health Organisation best practice.

Central Middlesex Hospital

Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the impact of Professor Sir Ara Darzi's report on Central Middlesex Hospital. [154053]

Ann Keen: Lord Ara Darzi's report ‘Healthcare for London: A Framework for Action’ is intended to begin a dialogue about the future shape of health care services in London. The consultation on the models of care and delivery recommended in the report is due to begin formally in November 2007.

Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the financial position of Central Middlesex Hospital. [154054]

Mr. Bradshaw: This information is not held by individual hospitals, but by national health service trusts. Central Middlesex Hospital is managed by North West London Hospitals NHS Trust.

At quarter 1, 2007 to 2008, North West London Hospitals NHS Trust is forecasting a surplus of £6 million at the end of the 2007 to 2008 financial year.

Chronically Sick: Health Services

Julia Goldsworthy: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the cost of implementing in full the recommendations of the Royal Commission on Long-term Care. [154780]

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Mr. Ivan Lewis: In England, the Government have accepted each of the recommendations of the Royal Commission on long term care except the recommendation that personal care should be provided free at the point of delivery to all in all settings. We estimate that the cost of implementing free personal care in England would be around £1.5 billion at 2003-04 prices.

The Personal Social Services Research Unit has recently published “Paying for Long-Term Care for Older People in the UK: Modelling the Costs and Distributional Effects of a Range of Options”, which models a range of options for funding long-term care, including making personal care free to all in all settings.

The report gives estimated public expenditure costs at 2002 prices of between £1.35 billion and £1.8 billion, depending on the way in which free personal care is implemented. This covers residential and home care for older people. It covers the whole of the United Kingdom. The England equivalent range would be about £1.2 billion to £1.6 billion. These estimates take account of limited offsetting savings of disability benefits.

Cirencester Hospital

Mr. Clifton-Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to make a decision on the independent sector provider contract for Cirencester Hospital. [156357]

Mr. Bradshaw: The Department is working with the national health service to review the specifications of schemes in Phase 2 of the central procurement process, including the proposed scheme for the Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire area, to ensure that future schemes best meet the needs of the local NHS, and are responsive to the needs of the communities in which they will operate. This exercise is ongoing, and expected to be completed in October. Once this process is complete, and all parties involved in negotiations have been informed of the outcomes, further information will be made available.

Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health: Information Officers

Mr. Spring: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many press officers are employed by the Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health. [154151]

Ann Keen: The Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health employ seven communications leads and one head of communications. Part of the role these officers perform includes dealing with the media.

Commission for Social Care Inspection: Information Officers

Mr. Spring: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many press officers are employed by the Commission for Social Care Inspection. [154132]

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Mr. Ivan Lewis: We understand from the Commission for Social Care Inspection that there are three press officers employed.

Congenital Abnormalities

Miss Kirkbride: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effect on children’s (i) brains and (ii) development of (A) prematurity, (B) foetal alcohol spectrum disorder and (C) fragile X syndrome. [154614]

Dawn Primarolo: The Department funds research to support policy and to provide the evidence needed to underpin quality improvement and service development in the national health service and through its Policy Research Programme supports a programme of research at the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit (NPEU) on the health of pregnant women and their babies. This includes research relating to cerebral palsy and other early childhood impairment where prematurity is the single largest risk factor. With additional support from other funders, NPEU is also undertaking work which relates to neurodevelopmental follow-up of groups of children recruited to trials of specific interventions, where either all or the majority of the recruited children were preterm.

Implementation of the Department’s research strategy “Best Research for Best Health” has resulted in an expansion of our research programmes and in significant new funding opportunities for health research. In particular, the major focus of the neonatal medicine research group at the Hammersmith and St. Mary’s and Imperial College Biomedical Research Centre, formed this year, is the prevention and treatment of brain injury and developmental impairment in the newborn infant, both as a result of prematurity and birth asphyxia. The Department has allocated £7 million over five years to the research theme of which the Centre’s work forms a part.

The Medical Research Council (MRC) is one of the main agencies through which the Government support medical and clinical research. In 2005-06, MRC expenditure on research related to premature birth amounted to £4 million. In addition, the MRC supports a large portfolio of reproductive tract research and underpinning reproductive medicine and paediatric research.

More specifically, the MRC is currently funding a research project on Fragile X syndrome that aims to provide fundamental insights into the cellular mechanisms through which cognitive symptoms of the syndrome arise and that may be important for discovery of new therapies for mental retardation.

Dental Services

Sir Paul Beresford: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many dentists have failed to meet their target number of units of dental activity since the new NHS dental contract was introduced in 2005, broken down by primary care trust; [154061]

(2) how many dentists (a) completed their annual units of dental activity (UDA) early, (b) requested further UDAs and (c) requested but were refused further UDAs in the latest period for which figures are available, broken down by primary care trust. [154062]

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Ann Keen: Information is not available in the form requested.

Information on the total units of dental activity delivered in 2006-07 at England, strategic health authority and primary care trust (PCT) level is contained in “NHS Dental Activity and Workforce Report England: 31 March 2006”. This report is available in the Library.

Information is not held centrally on the number of contractors who completed their annual contracted level of activity before the end of March 2007 or on the number of requests to PCTs to deliver additional activity during 2006-07.

The Dental Services Division (DSD) of the National Health Service Business Services Authority holds data on dental activity provided under NHS dental contracts, together with information provided by PCTs on the levels of activity commissioned for each contract. However, these data are not routinely published. The DSD is currently considering a freedom of information request for a comparison of the two data items for 2006-07. Depending on the outcome, some contract level information of this kind may be available from the DSD later this autumn.

Dental Services: Bolton

Mr. Crausby: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS dentists there are in Bolton; and how many of these are taking on new patients. [154051]

Ann Keen: As of 31 March 2007 there were 110 dentists on open national health service contracts in the Bolton primary care trust area. The number of dentists taking on new NHS patients is not collected centrally.

Mr. Crausby: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received about the availability of NHS dentists in Bolton. [154052]

Ann Keen: There have been six parliamentary questions from my hon. Friend the Members for Bolton, North-East (Mr. Crausby) and for Bolton, South-East (Dr. Iddon) on dental services in Bolton. In addition, there have been a small number of letters from members of the public.

Departments: Accountancy

Mr. Letwin: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what accounts directions were issued by his Department in financial year (a) 2005-06 and (b) 2006-07. [156676]

Mr. Bradshaw: The following lists show the accounts directions issued to bodies for which the Department has responsibility.

Issued in 2005-06:

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