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Mr. Bradshaw: Information on the number of patients seen by out of hours general practitioner (GP) services is not collected centrally. Primary care trusts (PCTs) now have a legal responsibility to ensure that they provide or secure provision of out of hours services for their local population. The right hon. Member may therefore wish to approach the Chief Executive of Enfield PCT who might be able to provide data on the number of patients seen by local out of hours GP services.
The number of health visitors has remained static over the last 10 years but there has been significant growth in the overall number of nurses working in primary and community care settings in both 2005-06 of 1,039 (1 per cent.) and since 1997 of 29,543 (38.2 per cent.).
Work force planning in terms of the recruitment and retention of health visitors is a matter for local work force planners in local primary care trusts and strategic health authorities as they are best placed to asses the health visiting needs of their local population.
|Health visitors employed in the NHS (England) as at September each year (headcount)and (full time equivalent (FTE))|
|(1) More accurate validation in 2006 has resulted in 232 headcount duplicate records being identified and removed from the non-medical census.|
Department of Health Non-Medical Workforce Census
|Age profile of health visitors as at September 2006|
Mr. Kidney: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of health visitors suffered work-related stress in the latest year for which records are available; and what assessment he has made of how this compares with the incidence of work-related stress amongst other categories of health workers. 
Ann Keen: The information requested is not collected centrally and no assessment has been carried out. Local trusts are responsible for the welfare of their employees and supporting them in performing their role.
Jim Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 19 February 2008, Official Report, column 676W, to the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, South and East Cleveland (Dr. Kumar) on HIV infection, how many new cases of HIV there were in the City of Newcastle. 
|Number of first United Kingdom HIV diagnoses, Newcastle city council, 1997-2006|
| Notes: 1. Ranges are provided where one or more cells have a count under five. This is done to remove the possibility of deductive disclosure of an individual's identity. For the same reason, data are provided by age group rather than specific age. 2. Cumulative data are as reported by the end of June 2007. Numbers will rise as further reports are received (particularly for more recent years). 3. Data will include many individuals who have been infected with HIV outside the UK, but who have been subsequently diagnosed in the UK. Source: Health Protection Agency.|
The Yorkshire and the Humber strategic health authority (SHA) reports that following an extensive review and the development of a service redesign and expansion plan, improvements to performance have already been seen in the Humberside service. It is expected that significant progress will continue to be made, with the achievement of the national target by April 2009. If it is possible to achieve this earlier, efforts will be made to do so.
We take the issue of the 36-month standard between screens very seriously and early last year, Professor
Mike Richards, the National Cancer Director, wrote to the chief executives of all 10 SHAs in England highlighting the importance of maintaining the 36-month interval.
The Cancer Reform Strategy also reinforces the need to maintain the 36-month standard, noting that primary care trusts will need to invest more in breast screening to ensure that women are screened within the 36-month standard.
Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what records his Department holds of incidents of healthcare-associated infections outside hospitals and care homes; and how many such cases there were in each of the last five years. 
However the Health Protection Agencys (HPA) enhanced surveillance scheme for methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bloodstream infections, introduced on 1 October 2005, collects information on where the patient was located when the specimen was taken but it is not possible from this to reliably attribute infection to specific settings. The HPA analysed the first six months of enhanced data in Mandatory Surveillance of Healthcare Associated Infections Report 2006 available at:
A copy of the report is available in the Library. Most patients were admitted from home and two thirds of blood stream infections were detected two or more days after admission which indicates that these were acquired in the trust.
Ann Keen: The information requested is not collected centrally. However, the latest information we have is that there are 181 maternity units in hospitals and 101 midwifery units (33 of which are co-located, and 68 are stand alone in the community). A total of 282 maternity units.
Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of people in England who have had privately funded proton radiation beam therapy (a) in England and (b) abroad. 
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