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Cancer: Death

Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the death rate from cancer is in (a) Chorley, (b) Lancashire and (c) England. [213651]

Mr. Watson: I have been asked to reply.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated June 2008:


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Table 1: Age-standardised mortality rate per 100,000 population( 1, 2) , where cancer was the underlying cause of death( 3) , Chorley local authority, Lancashire county and England, 2006( 4, 5)
Rate per 100,000 persons
Area Rate 95 per cent. confidence interval

Chorley

179

(157-200)

Lancashire

177

(171-183)

England

176

(175-177)

(1) Age-standardised mortality rates per 100,000 population, standardised to the European Standard Population. Age-standardised rates are used to allow comparison between populations which may contain different proportions of people of different ages. (2) Confidence intervals are a measure of the statistical precision of an estimate and show the range of uncertainty around the estimated figure. Calculations based on small numbers of events are often subject to random fluctuations. As a general rule, if the confidence interval around one figure overlaps with the interval around another, we cannot say with certainty that there is more than a chance difference between the two figures. (3) Cause of death was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) codes C00-C97. (4) Based on boundaries as of 2008. (5) Figures are for deaths registered in 2006.

Cancer: Urinary System

Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health which cancer networks (a) had and (b) had not implemented the Improving Outcomes in Urological Cancers guidance as at December 2007. [214861]

Ann Keen: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for South West Norfolk (Christopher Fraser) on 13 May 2008, Official Report, columns 1538-40W.

Community Care

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many recipients of low-level care there were in England in each year since 1997. [166385]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: Information on numbers of people receiving national health service-funded nursing care is not broken down into care bands. The total number of people receiving NHS-funded nursing care, at 31 March, are shown in the following table.

Number

2003

58,751

2004

119,018

2005

125,573

2006

117,939

2007

123,452

Source:
Local Delivery Plan Return line 8226. The figures do not include estimates made for organisations that failed to submit data.

Dental Services

Hugh Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of the (a) adult and (b) child population of (i) the North Yorkshire and York Primary
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Care Trust area, (ii) East Riding of Yorkshire Primary Care Trust area and (iii) England was registered with a dental practitioner in 2007. [213910]

Ann Keen: Under the new dental contractual arrangements, introduced on 1 April 2006, patients do not have to be registered with a national health service dentist to receive NHS care. The closest equivalent measure to "registration' is the number of patients receiving NHS dental services (‘patients seen’) over a 24-month period. However, this is not directly comparable to the registration data for earlier years.

Information on the number of patients seen by an NHS dentist over the previous 24-month period, as a percentage of the population, in England, is available in table C2 of Annex 3 of the NHS Dental Statistics for England: Quarter 3: 31 December 2007 report. Information is available for the 24-month periods ending 31 March 2006, 31 March 2007, 30 June 2007, 30 September 2007, and 31 December 2007. Information is provided for adults and children by strategic health authority and by primary care trust.

This publication is available in the Library and is also available on the Information Centre for health and social care's website at:

Mr. Gray: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether NHS dentists are required to provide a scale and polish under the Band 1 course of treatment. [214317]

Ann Keen: The national health service contractual requirement is for a dentist to provide all proper and necessary dental care and treatment that the patient is willing to undergo. A Band 1 course of treatment (diagnosis, treatment planning and maintenance) includes examination, diagnosis (for example X-rays), advice on how to prevent future problems, and scaling and polishing if clinically needed.

Dental Services: Havering

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS dentists were employed in the London Borough of Havering in each of the last three years. [214195]

Ann Keen: Information is not available in the format requested.

The number of national health service dentists on primary care trust (PCT) lists in England at 31 March, 1997 to 2006, is available in Annex of the report “NHS Dental Activity and Workforce Report England: 31 March 2006”. The information is provided by strategic health authority (SHA) and by PCT. This information is based on the old contractual arrangements, which were in place up to and including 31 March 2006. The report, published on 23 August 2006, is available in the Library and is also available on the Information Centre (IC) for health and social care's website at:


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The number of dentists with open NHS contracts in England at 30 June 2006, 30 September 2006, 31 December 2006 and 31 March 2007 are available in Table E1 of Annex 3 of the report “NHS Dental Statistics for England: 2006-07”. This information is based on the new contractual arrangements introduced on 1 April 2006. The information is provided by SHA and by PCT. This report, published on 23 August 2007, is available in the Library and also on the IC's website at:

The numbers quoted are headcounts and do not differentiate between full-time and part-time dentists, nor do they account for the fact that some dentists may do more NHS work than others.

The work force data provided in the 2006-07 report are the latest available. Both reports were published by the IC.

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding Havering Primary Care Trust received for NHS dental provision in each of the last three years. [214196]

Ann Keen: The primary dental service funding allocations made to Havering primary care trust (PCT) for each of the three years since PCTs assumed responsibility for commissioning all elements of primary dental care services on 1 April 2006, are set out in the following table. The table includes the Department's indicative assumptions in each year about dental charge income that might be paid by patients, and the indicative gross budget that might be available to the PCT.

Primary dental service funding allocations for Havering PCT
£000

2006-07 2007-08 2008-09

Net allocation

8,202

8,683

9,643

Indicative patient charge income

2,966

2,972

3,127

Indicative gross budget

11,168

11,655

12,770

Note: PCTs are awarded separate funding allocations to meet the cost of any dental vocational trainees who may be placed with dental practices in their area.

Departmental Travel

Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department and its agencies spent on first class travel in the last 12 months for which figures are available, broken down by staff grade. [187656]

Mr. Bradshaw: Travel arrangements are made in the most efficient and cost effective way, and all official travel is undertaken in accordance with the principles of Government Accounting and the Treasury Handbook on Regularity and Propriety.

In the 12-month period from January 2007 to December 2007, the Department and its agencies spent on first class travel:

Cost (£)

Rail travel

2,309,291

Air travel

8,654


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It is not possible to break this information down by staff grade as this can be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Departmental travel policy is to use economy class air travel as a default and business class where reasonable, such as for long-haul flights. First class air travel is not booked unless there are very exceptional reasons.

Drinking Water

Mr. Spellar: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spent on bottled water in the latest year for which figures are available. [189813]

Mr. Bradshaw: The Department has spent £108,691.00 on bottled water in 2007.

The Department is moving to the provision of tap water on its estate from July 2008.

Fibromyalgia

Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence plans to issue guidelines on the treatment and management of fibromyalgia; [214299]

(2) what plans his Department has to improve the treatment of people with fibromyalgia; and if he will make a statement. [214300]

Ann Keen: We are unaware of any plans the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence may have to publish guidelines on the treatment and management of fibromyalgia.

There are no specific plans to improve the treatment for those living with fibromyalgia. It is the responsibility of local health bodies to commission and monitor the quality of health services provided for those with fibromyalgia.

General Practitioners: Havering Primary Care Trust

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the GP to patient ratio within Havering Primary Care Trust was in the most recent period for which figures are available. [214184]

Ann Keen: The information requested can be found in the following table.

The following table shows the number of patients per general practitioner (GP) in the Havering primary care trust (PCT) area, as at 30 September 2007. These are the latest figures available.

Havering PCT: Number of patients per GP, as at 30 September 2007
Organisation Number

All GPs (excluding retainers and registrars)

130

Registered patients

247,315

Patients per GP

1,902

Source: The Information Centre for health and social care general and personal medical services statistics.

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General Practitioners: Morecambe

Geraldine Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many general practitioners per 100,000 of the population there are in Morecambe and Lunesdale constituency. [214602]

Ann Keen: The information requested is not collected by constituency area. However, information on the number of general practitioners per 100,000 of population for the North Lancashire primary care trust (PCT) is shown in the following table.

Selected statistics by PCT
All practitioners (excluding retainers and registrars)

H eadcount H eadcount per 100,000 population

North Lancashire PCT

201

61.1

Source:
The Information Centre for health and social care

General Practitioners: Peterborough

Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many general practitioner surgeries there were in the Peterborough City Council area in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. [214215]

Mr. Bradshaw: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave him on 6 May 2008, Official Report, column 761W.


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