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Mr. Bradshaw: Data are not collected in the format requested on a total count of patients but a count of finished in-year admissions which is the first period of in-patient care under one consultant within one healthcare provider.
Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the proposed changes to oncology provision at Airedale NHS Trust; and if he will make a statement. 
Ann Keen: Any decision on changes to the provision of cancer care at Airedale NHS Trust will be taken by the trust and its partner organisations in the Yorkshire Cancer Network, which co-ordinates services in the area and ensures that they appropriately meet the needs of the region. The trust has sought to engage with cancer patients and other stakeholders and to take account of their views and concerns throughout the process.
Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many individuals aged 11 to 18 years resident in the Peterborough constituency were treated for alcohol-related health problems in each year since 1997. 
Dawn Primarolo: Information is not available by constituency. However, the table following shows the number of finished admission episodes at the former Peterborough Hospital NHS Trust covering the period 1997-98 to 2003-04 and for the Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for the period 2004-05 and 2005-06, where there was a primary diagnosis of alcohol related disease for those aged between 11 to 18 at admission for the period 1997-98 to 2005-06.
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| Notes: 1. Finished admission episodesA finished admission episode is the first period of in-patient care under one consultant within one healthcare provider. Please note that admissions do not represent the number of in-patients, as a person may have more than one admission within the year. 2. Diagnosis (Primary Diagnosis)The primary diagnosis is the first of up to 14 (seven prior to 2002-03) diagnosis fields in the HES data set and provides the main reason why the patient was in hospital. 3. Data QualityHES are compiled from data sent by over 300 national health service trusts and primary care trusts in England. The Information Centre for health and social care liaises closely with these organisations to encourage submission of complete and valid data and seeks to minimise inaccuracies and the effect of missing and invalid data via HES processes. While this brings about improvement over time, some shortcomings remain. Source: Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), Information Centre for health and social care.|
Peterborough has a rate of 58.35 for persons admitted to hospital due to alcohol specific conditions (under 18s) crude rate per 100,000, 2003-04 to 2005-06. Persons admitted to hospital due to alcoholic specific conditions (under 18s), North West Public Health Observatory from HES and Office for national Statistics mid-year population estimates). Does not include attendance at A and E (not available nationally).
The Government are determined to prevent harm to those under 18 years of age and this is a priority group in Safe.Sensible.Social the national alcohol strategy June 2007. To help young people and their parents make informed decisions about drinking, the Government will provide authoritative, accessible guidance about what is and what is not safe and sensible in the light of the latest available evidence from the UK and abroad. It will ensure that the laws and licensing powers protect young people and continue to prioritise reductions in the test purchase failure rate for under age sales of alcohol.
It is for each NHS ambulance trust to decide how best to respond to each patient based on individual circumstance and clinical need. The fleet mix will vary across the country depending on operational and geographical requirements, and each ambulance service should plan to provide appropriate resources.
Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nurses were in training for qualifications in neonatal specialty in each year from 2002 to 2006; and if he will make a statement. 
Dr. Iddon: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people who misuse benzodiazepines presented themselves for treatment to the statutory drug treatment services in each year since 2000. 
Dawn Primarolo: The number of people in treatment for benzodiazepine addiction since 2004-05, in the years we have the information available, is shown in the following table. The data in the table from the national drug treatment monitoring system show benzodiazepines as the main drug of use, and the secondary drug of use.
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Dr. Iddon: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what provision is made by the statutory drug treatment services for the treatment of clients whose primary problem is misuse of benzodiazepines. 
Dawn Primarolo: In all areas of the country, those with an addiction to any drug should have access to a range of services in both the primary and secondary care settings to meet their needs. Treatment services are not categorised by a specific drug of dependence.
To support local areas in doing this the Government makes available substantial funding in the form of the pooled drug treatment budget to drug action teams, who are best placed to commission services to meet the needs of the local population.
Information on diagnoses of chlamydia in genitourinary clinics (GUM) is only available by strategic health authority (SHA). The total number of chlamydia infections diagnosed in the East of England
SHA since 1997 to 2006, the latest date for which figures are available, which includes Peterborough and Stamford hospital trust is given in the following table.
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1. The data available from the KC60 statutory returns are for diagnoses made in GUM clinics only. Diagnoses made in other clinical settings, such as general practice, are not recorded in the KC60 dataset.
2. The data available from the KC60 statutory returns are the number of diagnoses made, not the number of patients diagnosed. For example, individuals may be diagnosed with several co-infections and each diagnosis will be counted separately.
3. The information provided has been adjusted for missing clinic data.
Health Protection Agency, KC60 returns
In addition to diagnoses made in GUM clinics, the National Chlamydia Screening programme (NCSP) has been running since 2003. The number of people diagnosed with chlamydia within the programme in the East of England SHA are shown in the following table.
(2) if he will make a statement on the pharmacy chlamydia screening pathfinder project; when the project started; when he expects the findings of the project to be published; and what plans he has to introduce pharmacy screening of chlamydia on a national basis. 
Dawn Primarolo: Screening for chlamydia in pharmacies is already happening nationally. In 2006-07, the national chlamydia screening programme (NCSP) received data from 90 pharmacies in England. The NCSP currently have 286 pharmacies who have registered to provide screening.
To support commissioners, the Department is working with the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee and the national health service to develop a national template for a chlamydia screening local enhanced service through the NHS community pharmacy contractual framework.
The Boots chlamydia screening pathfinder started in November 2005 and covers over 200 London stores. It is being independently evaluated by TNS Healthcare. Copies of the Chlamydia Screening EvaluationInterim Report Wave One November 2005 to April 2006 and Chlamydia Screening EvaluationInterim Report Wave 2 November 2005 to October 2006 reports have been placed in the Library. The third and final report will be published later in the year.
Ann Keen: This information is not available. Dentists who hold national health service contracts are only required to report treatment delivered within that contract to the Department. Information is not collected on the level of private treatment, if any, also delivered.
Andrew George: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 17 September 2007, Official Report, column 2205W, on dental services (1) whether his Department reviews the local needs assessment of primary care trusts; 
Ann Keen: Primary care trusts are responsible for providing or commissioning primary dental care services to reflect local needs. This is a local rather than centrally managed process. The Department has issued guidance to the local national health service on developing local dental commissioning plans. Additional support is available through the national Primary Care Contracting Team.
Ann Keen: Information is not available in the format requested. However, The Information Centre for Health and Social Care only holds information for dentists that derive at least part of their income from a national health service primary care trust (PCT) contract to provide NHS dental treatment.
The numbers of NHS dentists at PCT and strategic health authority (SHA) level as at 30 June, 30 September, 31 December 2006 and 31 March 2007 are available in Table El of Annex 3 of the NHS Dental Statistics for England: 2006/07 report.
The inclusion of dentists on trust led contracts in the data collection following the 2006 reforms means that data collected since April 2006 cannot be directly compared with data collected under the previous system.
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