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Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what change in the number of NHS staff directly employed in the NHS he expects to result from the decrease in the percentage of NHS revenue spending being spent on the pay of such staff in 2008-09, as set out in table 2.4 on page 24 of his Departments evidence to the review body on doctors and dentists remuneration. 
Ann Keen: The percentage of national health service revenue spending spent on pay is forecast to increase in 2008-09. This is a national estimate and it is a proportion of the overall growing NHS revenue funding, therefore overall expenditure on NHS staff is expected to increase.
Revenue allocations are made to primary care trusts to provide them with funding to deliver local and national priorities. It is not possible to provide an estimate of the change in number of NHS staff employed, as workforce planning, and therefore setting the number of staff required to deliver services, is a matter for local NHS organisations to deal with. They are best placed to assess the health needs of their local health community and will recruit the appropriate
number of staff to meet those needs. The Department sees workforce planning as a priority and closely monitors strategic health authority local delivery plans to ensure they will deliver the activity required within the finance envelope. As part of that approach, the Department also expects SHAs to be satisfied that local workforce plans are sufficiently robust to deliver the planned activity.
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one which has lasted three months or more and which employers are actively trying to fill as at 31 March.
Dawn Primarolo: A list of pharmacies under contract to Hampshire Primary Care Trust, Portsmouth City PCT and Southampton City PCT at the end of the 2006-07 financial year has been placed in the Library.
It is not appropriate to give the number of items dispensed by each pharmacist as these figures are commercially sensitive. The following table provides information on the monthly average number of items for each Primary Care Trust in Hampshire for each financial year.
|Average prescription items dispensed per month (thousand)|
|Primary Care Trust||2005-06||2004-05||2003-04||2002-03|
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was top-sliced from primary care trusts in 2006-07, broken down by trust; how much of these top-sliced funds have so far been paid back, broken down by trust; and by what date these funds will be fully paid back to primary care trusts. 
It is for each SHA to manage both the timing and method for repaying contributions made by their PCTs within a reasonable period, not usually exceeding the three-year allocation cycle, and depending on overall affordability within the SHA economy. SHAs should consider the position of PCTs with the greatest health need first.
Mr. Bradshaw: The Department made clear in the national health service operating framework for 2007-08 that strategic health authorities (SHAs) will not generally need to top-slice primary care trust (PCT) revenue allocations to the same level as in 2006-07 because of the substantial improvement in the overall financial position of the NHS. However, for 2007-08 a number of PCTs have chosen to lodge resources with their SHA to be included within the SHAs strategic investment fund as a safeguard against any risk associated with the lower financial settlement over the period 2008-09 to 2010-11.
Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of each sexually transmitted disease were diagnosed in the South Hertfordshire Primary Care Trust area in each of the last three years. 
Dawn Primarolo: Information on the diagnoses of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in genito-urinary clinics (GUM) is only available by strategic health authority (SHA). The total number of STIs diagnosed in the East of England SHA since 2004 to 2006, the latest date for which figures are available, which includes West Hertfordshire and North East Hertfordshire Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) area, is given in the following tables.
| Source: Health Protection Agency, KC60 returns|
|Number of new STIs and other STIs diagnosed in the East of England SHA (2004-2006)|
|(1) Includes those defined in table 1 and all others. (2) Includes recurrent and follow-up presentations. Notes: 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. Source: 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 broken down by individual PCTs are shown in the following table.
| Notes: 1. The data from the NCSP are for diagnoses made outside of GUM clinics only and include diagnoses made by the Boots pathfinder project. 2. The data available from the NCSP are the number of diagnoses made and not the number of patients diagnosed. 3. The data only include those aged 15-24, who have provided a postcode of residence. 4. The data are specific to the following years 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07, since the NCSP follows the financial year. Source: The NCSP|
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