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1. Prescription Cost Analysis Data: Prescription information is taken from the PCA system, supplied by the Prescription Pricing Division of the Business Services Authority, and is based on a full analysis of all prescriptions dispensed in the community, i.e. by community pharmacists and appliance contractors, dispensing doctors, and prescriptions submitted by prescribing doctors for items personally administered in England. Also included are prescriptions written in Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man but dispensed in England. The data do not cover drugs dispensed in hospitals, including mental health trusts, or private prescriptions.
2. Prescription Items: Prescriptions are written on a prescription form. Each single item written on the form is counted as a prescription item.
3. Net Ingredient Cost (NIC): NIC is the basic cost of a drug. It does not take account of discounts, dispensing costs, fees or prescription charges income.
4. Exemption Category Estimates: The exemption data are identified from the box ticked on the back of the prescription form and relies on the form being completed correctly which may not always be the case. Information for categories that are not required to pay a charge (e.g. children) is based on a one in 20 sample of all exempt prescriptions dispensed by community pharmacists, appliance contractors and dispensing doctors. The information we have is therefore an estimate and subject to sampling errors.
Helen Southworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were diagnosed with (a) type 1 and (b) type 2 diabetes in (i) Warrington, (ii) Cheshire, (iii) the North West and (iv) England in each of the last five years. 
Ann Keen: The following table shows the number of people diagnosed with diabetes in Warrington, Cheshire, the North West and England in 2004-05, 2005-06 and 2006-07. These are the years for which figures are available. Figures are not available for type 1 and type 2 diabetes separately.
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1. Diabetes prevalence
The disease register in QOF for diabetes does not include any patient below the age of 17 and so the total disease register may be slightly lower than expected.
2. Primary care trust and strategic health authority boundaries
There is no primary care trust (PCT) known as Cheshire in the current PCT list. Information is therefore provided on the PCTs most closely aligned with this area: Central and Eastern Cheshire and Western Cheshire.
In October 2006, there was PCT restructure. For the QOF years 2004-05 and 2005-06, information is provided on the old PCTs that made up the new ones when the restructure occurred. Central Cheshire and Eastern Cheshire became Central and Eastern Cheshire, and Cheshire West and Ellesmere Port and Neston became Western Cheshire.
In July 2006, Strategic Health Authorities (SHAs) were restructured. Information is provided for 2004-05 and 2005-06 on the old SHAs that became the new North West SHA. Cheshire and Merseyside, Cumbria and Lancashire and Greater Manchester SHAs became the North West SHA.
3. Coverage of QOF
Patients will only contribute to the figures in QOF if they are registered with a general practice participating in QOF. Not all practices participate in QOF and some participate in only some parts (especially primary medical services practices who are paid under different arrangements for providing services which are part of QOF for general medical services practices).
Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) data published by the Information Centre for health and social Care. 2004-05 is the first year of data from this source.
Ann Keen: A total of 593 applications was received from doctors wishing to transfer. There were 61 applicants identified as matches for possible transfers. Three transfers took place involving five doctors and two general practitioners.
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 21 November 2007, Official Report, column 996W, on doctors: training, how many registrar group doctors he expects will apply for the 8,000 advertised training places, broken down into (a) UK nationals, (b) other EEA nationals and (c) non-EEA nationals. 
We would encourage applicants to consider carefully which parts of the country they apply to and for which specialties, as the competition ratios for some areas and some specialties are considerably higher than others.
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health which legislation (a) established and (b) removed the statutory responsibility of NHS trusts to provide accommodation for junior doctors. 
Ann Keen: The Medical Act 1983 established the requirement for a doctor with provisional registration to be resident in the hospital or institution where he/she is employed and that this requirement is in the terms of his/her employment (section 11(3)). Further provisions were made by the Medical Act 1983 Regulations 2005.
Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much (a) his Department and (b) NHS trusts spent on English language classes for staff in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement. 
All national health service trusts should ensure that they have rigorous and effective recruitment processes in place to ensure that those they employ have the necessary communication and language skills.
Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many general practitioners in each (a) Government region and (b) primary care trust area were invited by their primary care trust to attend courses to update their or their practices skills in the last 18 months; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information his Department collects on the employment of people who have studied (a) midwifery and (b) other healthcare-related subjects post-qualification. 
Post-registration training needs for national health service staff are determined against local NHS priorities, through appraisal processes and training needs analyses informed by local delivery plans and the needs of the service.
Access to training is affected by a number of factors such as the availability of funding, whether staff can be released, the availability of appropriate training interventions, mentors and assessors. It would not be practical for the centre to be prescriptive on this.
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health representatives of which private sector providers of healthcare the Information Centre for Health and Social Care has included on its stakeholder and reference groups, as stated on the Our Priorities for 2007-08 section of its website; what progress the Information Centre has made in extending (a) support and (b) guidance to private sector providers; and what steps the Information Centre has taken in support of its aim to align information collected across the NHS and private sectors. 
Mr. Bradshaw: The Information Centre for health and social care (IC) works with the Independent Healthcare Advisory Services and NHS Partners Network, which represent a large number of independent sector providers. The IC also includes the following independent sector providers on its Reference Group for discussing data collection: Spire Healthcare, Nuffield Hospitals, Horder Centre, Care UK, Capio, General Healthcare Group/Netcare UK, Benenden Hospital and BMI Healthcare.
The IC supports the independent sector through its website, which includes guidance on information gathering, data, publications, and training. The IC publicises this material through its various stakeholder groups.
The IC has established a Working Group with the independent sector to improve the alignment of information across the national health service and independent sectors. The group is focusing particularly on alignment of information on mental health, healthcare associated infections, serious untoward incidents and patient experience.
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