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NHS: Conditions of Employment

Joan Walley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many organisations providing services to the NHS have direction employer status; and how many staff this covers. [203315]

Ann Keen: The NHS Pension Scheme resource accounts for 2006-07, the latest year for which accounts are available, show there were 360 organisations with “direction body” status. Precise information on the number of staff covered by “direction body” status is not available.

NHS: Pay

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when officials in his Department were first informed of the NHS Pay Review Body's recommendations for 2008-09. [202935]

Ann Keen: The NHS Pay Review Body's report for 2008-09 was submitted jointly to my right hon. Friends the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State on 4 April 2008.


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Nurses: Students

Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many students (a) applied for and (b) enrolled in returning to (i) nursing and (ii) midwifery courses in each of the last five years; [202841]

(2) what guidelines exist for the funding of returning to (a) nursing and (b) midwifery courses; [202842]

(3) how much was spent on the promotion of returning to (a) nursing and (b) midwifery courses in each of the last five years. [202848]

Ann Keen: In the spring of 2004 and 2005, the Department ran a generic NHS careers campaign. Therefore, costs on promoting return to practice for nurses and midwives separately are not available.

Return to practice is managed locally. The initiative was funded centrally between February 1999 and March 2004. Over 18,500 former nurses and midwives had returned to work in the national health service as a result of the initiative during this period.

From 1 April 2004, responsibility for return to practice programmes was devolved to local NHS organisations, and information is not collected centrally. There are no specific guidelines on funding return to practice courses. NHS organisations fund courses from their overall training budgets to meet local workforce needs. Guidance about return to practice for employers is available on NHS Employers website at

On 25 February 2008, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State outlined plans to help former midwives to return to work in the NHS after a break in service. The incentives are worth up to £3,000, including free refresher training, and financial support during training for child care and travel expenses. The initiative will be launched jointly with the Royal College of Midwives in June.

Parkinson's Disease

Mrs. Moon: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the number of people with Parkinson's disease in each of the last three years; and how many consulted a Parkinson's disease nurse specialist in each year; [202454]

(2) what estimate he has made of the percentage of people with Parkinson's disease not referred to a specialist for diagnosis in each of the last five years; [202371]

(3) what assessment he has made of the level of support given to carers of those with Parkinson's disease. [202453]

Ann Keen: In “The National Service Framework for long term conditions”, published in 2005, we estimated that there were 120,000 people living with Parkinson's disease. That is the latest estimate available. The number of these patients who consulted a Parkinson's disease specialist is not collected. A copy of the publication is available in the Library

We have made no estimate of the percentage of people with Parkinson's disease who were not referred to a specialist for diagnosis.


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We have made no assessment of the level of support given to carers of those living with Parkinson's disease.

Prostate Cancer

Christopher Fraser: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 26 February 2008, Official Report, column 1475W, on prostate cancer, in which primary care trust areas (a) local and (b) specialist urology teams did not review new patients presenting with urological cancer using a multi-disciplinary team. [201589]

Ann Keen: The information requested is not held by primary care trust area. However, the following tables set out the relevant information by national health service trust area.

Local urology multi-disciplinary teams (MDTs) non-compliant with “Manual for cancer services 2004” measure 2G-114—

as reviewed in the first round of the National Cancer Peer Review 2004-07 are as follows.

Trust Team

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

MDT—Lancashire Teaching Hospitals

Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Trust

MDT—Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh

Aintree Hospitals NHS Trust

MDT—Aintree

Wirral Hospital NHS Trust

MDT—Wirral

James Paget Healthcare NHS Trust

MDT—James Paget

Ealing Hospital NHS Trust

MDT—Ealing Hospital

North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust

MDT—North Middlesex University Hospital

Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust

MDT—Royal Free

Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Trust

MDT—Guys and St. Thomas

Milton Keynes General Hospital NHS Trust

MDT—Milton Keynes General

Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

MDT—East Surrey Hospital

East Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust

MDT—Eastbourne


Specialist urology MDTs non-compliant with Manual for cancer services 2004 measure 2G-114—

as reviewed in the first round of the National Cancer Peer Review 2004-07 are as follows.

Trust Team

University College London Hospitals NHS Trust/Royal Free Hospital NHS Trust

MDT—North London Joint Cancer Centre

Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust

MDT—Plymouth


Christopher Fraser: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 26 February 2008, Official Report, column 1473W, on prostate cancer, what estimate he has made of the number of people who will have prostate cancer in (a) 2011, (b) 2016 and (c) 2021. [201909]


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Ann Keen: The Department has made the following estimates of the number of new cases of prostate cancer.

New cases (estimate)

2011

29,625

2016

33,026

2021

36,703


Christopher Fraser: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) with reference to the answer of 23 March 2007, Official Report, columns 1203-4W, on prostate cancer, whether he has consulted on revised Prostate Cancer Risk Management programme materials; and when he expects a relaunch of the packs to take place; [201912]

(2) pursuant to the answer of 25 February 2008, Official Report, column 1214W, on prostate cancer, whether the Prostate Cancer Risk Management programme was discussed at the meeting with representatives of the Prostate Cancer Charter for Action of 7 November 2007; and if he will make a statement. [201913]

Ann Keen: I can confirm that the revision of the Prostate Cancer Risk Management programme (PCRMP) was discussed at my meeting with representatives of the Prostate Cancer Charter for Action on 7 November 2007. Subsequently representatives of the Charter have been members of a small group convened by national health service cancer screening programmes to consult on and oversee the revision of the PCRMP materials. This revision is ongoing, and an exercise seeking the views of key stakeholders will take place on the revised materials in May 2008 prior to the relaunch of the PCRMP in June 2008.

Christopher Fraser: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people he estimates will die from prostate cancer in (a) 2008, (b) 2011, (c) 2016 and (d) 2021. [201946]

Ann Keen: The Department has not made any such estimates.

Psychiatric Nurses

Mrs. Moon: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many psychiatric nurses there were in each primary care trust in each year between 1999 and 2007. [202727]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: This information is not available in the format requested; such information as is available has been placed in the Library.

The Department only collects data for England. Owing to the large number of reorganisations in the national health service for the requested period, we have supplied three tables for 1999-2000-prior to the formation of the primary care trusts—for 2001-05 showing the old PCTs and for 2006-07, showing the current PCTs.


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Social Services

Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people of working age in each local authority area received state-funded social care support in each of the last 10 years. [202315]

Mr. Ivan Lewis [holding answer 28 April 2008]: Information on the estimated number of working-age people (aged 18-64) receiving state funded social care
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support from each council is shown in the following table. It should be noted that the data were first collected from all councils in 2000-01 and the latest year for which data are available is 2006-07.

There are some issues to be aware of when comparing the data over time involving clients who were formally in receipt of higher rates of income support under the Department for Work and Pensions preserved rights scheme and clients receiving services being reinstated in 2004-05.


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