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Dietary Supplements: Nutrition

Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what discussions he and Ministers in his Department plan to hold with European counterparts on the Government's objectives for the outcome of negotiations on the setting of maximum permitted levels for nutrients in food supplements; and if he will make a statement; [195281]

(2) what the likely date is for the setting of maximum permitted levels for nutrients in food supplements under the provisions of the Food Supplements Directive; and if he will make a statement. [195283]


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Dawn Primarolo: There are no current plans for Health Ministers to meet with European counterparts on the Government's objectives for the outcome of negotiations on the setting of maximum permitted levels for nutrients in food supplements. Food Standards Agency officials will hold bilateral meetings with their European counterparts on an individual basis and at European Commission working group meetings.

The Commission has indicated its intention for proposals in the form of draft amending legislation to go forward to the Standing Committee on Food Chain and Animal Health for consideration in early 2009. A date for completion of the negotiation process has not been set.

General Practitioners

Stephen Hesford: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of UK residents not registered with a GP; and whether a recent assessment has been made of the reasons. [194419]

Mr. Bradshaw: These data are not collected centrally by the Department.

General Practitioners: Working Hours

Mr. Hepburn: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the north-east and (d) England were seen by out-of-hours GP services in each year since 1997. [195145]

Mr. Bradshaw: The information requested is not held centrally. My hon. Friend may therefore wish to approach the chief executive of South Tyneside Primary Care Trust (PCT) for information on numbers of patients seen by out of hours general practitioner services.

PCTs now have a legal responsibility to ensure that they provide, or secure provision of out of hours services for their local population.

Health Services

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) GP practices, (b) dental practices, (c) ophthalmic practices and (d) pharmacies there were in (i) England and (ii) each English region in each of the last three years. [191507]

Mr. Bradshaw: The following table shows the number of general practitioner (GP) practices and GPs, excluding retainers and registrars, in each strategic health authority (SHA) and all of England on 30 September in 2005 to 2007, which are the latest data available.


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2005 2006 2007
GPs (excluding retainers and registrars) GP practices GPs (excluding retainers and registrars) GP practices GPs (excluding retainers and registrars) GP practices

England

32,738

8,451

33,091

8,325

33,364

8,261

North East

1,726

404

1,815

396

1,779

394

North West

4,311

1,303

4,392

1,285

4,436

1,272

Yorkshire and the Humber

3,372

826

3,386

817

3,460

807

East Midlands

2,573

630

2,570

621

2,656

627

West Midlands

3,357

989

3,390

968

3,432

965

East of England

3,510

802

3,568

778

3,510

769

London

4,896

1,591

4,868

1,579

4,953

1,546

South East Coast

2,641

649

2,684

638

2,700

644

South Central

2,543

511

2,611

500

2,638

503

South West

3,809

746

3,807

743

3,800

734

Notes:
1. Data as at 30 September 2005-2007.
2. Historical data prior to 2006 have been mapped to new SHA areas to provide estimates for comparability.
Sources:
The Information Centre for health and social care.
General and personal medical services statistics.

The following table shows the number of nation health service dental practices with an open general dental services (GDS) or personal dental services (PDS) contract in England, by SHA, as at 31 March 2004 to 2006. The number of dental practices in each SHA and all of England is based upon the old dental contractual arrangements, which were in place up to and including 31 March 2006. Under the new dental contractual arrangements, introduced on 1 April 2006, NHS Business Services Authority (NHS BSA) Dental Services Division (DSD) can only provide validated information on the number of NHS dental practices at disproportionate cost.

2004 2005 2006

England

8,922

8,908

9,015

East Midlands

612

626

633

East of England

927

926

935

London

1,486

1,483

1,502

North East

401

401

395

North West

1,217

1,224

1,246

South Central

755

761

771

South East Coast

864

854

860

South West

939

923

940

West Midlands

891

890

905

Yorkshire and the Humber

830

820

828

Notes:
1. Figures are based on the numbers of dentists with open GDS or PDS contracts.
2. The areas have been defined using practice postcodes within the SHA.
3. Data include all notifications of dentists joining or leaving the GDS or PDS, received by the NHS BSA, up to 24 July 2006.
Sources:
The Information Centre for health and social care.
NHS BSA DSD.

The following table shows the number of NHS general ophthalmic services practitioners premises, by SHA, in England as at 31 December 2006, which is the latest year currently available. England totals are also provided for 2004 and 2005.

2004 2005 2006

England

5,795

5,790

5,748

East Midlands

n/a

n/a

497

East of England

n/a

n/a

567

London

n/a

n/a

864

North East

n/a

n/a

262

North West

n/a

n/a

851

South Central

n/a

n/a

413

South East Coast

n/a

n/a

457

South West

n/a

n/a

580

West Midlands

n/a

n/a

642

Yorkshire and the Humber

n/a

n/a

615

n/a = Not applicable (regional breakdown for 2004 and 2005 is currently not available)
Source:
The Information Centre for health and social care

The following table shows the number of community pharmacies in contract with primary care trusts, by SHA, in England as at 31 March 2005 to 2007, which are the latest data available.

2005 2006 2007

England

9,736

9,872

10,133

East Midlands

749

759

785

East of England

940

953

986

London

1,742

1,738

1,762

North East

508

514

527

North West

1,475

1,498

1,551

South Central

641

651

660

South East Coast

754

767

787

South West

895

916

929

West Midlands

1,063

1,080

1,110

Yorkshire and the Humber

969

996

1,036

Note:
The SHAs were reorganised in July 2006 and data for 2007 is as published. The data for 2005 and 2006, originally published in the 28 old SHAs have been combined to give the best estimate of figures for the new 10 SHAs.
Sources:
The Information Centre for health and social care.
The General Pharmaceutical Services (Annual Bulletin) 2006-07.

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