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Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) minimum, (b) maximum and (c) average payment made to GPs in each primary care trust area for the purpose of dispensing medicines was in the most recent period for which information is available. [231561]

Phil Hope: Information is not collected centrally on minima or maxima average payments made to general practitioners (GPs) in each primary care trust for dispensing medicines. Overall dispensing GPs earned on average £126,996 in 2006-07, £23,000 more than non dispensing GPs.


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Mr. Clifton-Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures are being considered to provide elderly patients with limited mobility who live in remote rural areas with access to dispensing facilities where GP dispensaries are closed. [231694]

Phil Hope: The pharmacy consultation paper “Pharmacy in England: Building on Strengths—delivering the future—proposals for legislative change” was published on 27 August 2008. As part of this consultation, we have put forward options for possible reform of general practitioner dispensing arrangements on which we are seeking views. We have no preferred option at this stage nor have we come to a view as to whether any reform of these particular arrangements is necessary. However, any decisions will seek to protect the access to medicines for vulnerable members of the community.

Health Services: International Co-operation

John Cummings: To ask the Secretary of State for Health by what process the mandate he gives his officials for international negotiations on areas of
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policy which are not the subject of settled Government policy is determined. [230260]

Dawn Primarolo: UK Government positions for negotiations that the Department leads are agreed in advance. This process involves other Government Departments with an interest and takes account of prior consultation with stakeholders.

All UK positions on international health should reflect the goals and principles in Health is Global—the Government’s Global Health Strategy published on 30 September. A copy has been placed in the Library.

Hepatitis

Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 6 October 2008, Official Report, column 422W, on hepatitis, how many notifications of hepatitis B were made to the Health Protection Agency and its predecessor bodies in each year since 1997, broken down by strategic health authority area. [231967]

Dawn Primarolo: The information requested is shown in the following table.


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Statutory notifications of hepatitis B in England by strategic health authority: 1997 to 2007
S trategic health authority (SHA)
Current Previous 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007

East Midlands

Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Rutland

21

22

33

33

17

28

24

28

36

77

65

Trent

8

25

20

35

26

35

28

16

32

26

28

East of England

Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire

15

13

24

38

48

66

51

59

59

14

8

Essex

6

4

3

7

8

6

3

3

3

Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire

4

8

19

17

3

5

9

12

17

8

7

London

North Central London

30

55

37

39

30

27

44

27

16

24

28

North East London

30

30

57

50

43

36

18

23

10

20

11

North West London

10

13

14

27

19

13

21

11

8

11

8

South East London

87

87

101

92

149

162

157

174

209

171

111

South West London

12

16

13

11

9

14

5

8

6

7

8

North East

County Durham and Tees Valley

7

6

11

30

55

37

23

13

23

53

13

Northumberland, Tyne and Wear

24

20

14

16

15

31

80

70

91

30

20

North West

Cheshire and Merseyside

70

45

23

50

29

32

46

22

24

36

33

Cumbria and Lancashire

26

31

33

55

46

45

48

43

27

30

31

Greater Manchester

72

85

60

76

75

52

74

56

52

32

30

South Central

Hampshire and Isle of Wight

5

14

6

2

6

14

32

52

58

64

78

Thames Valley

18

21

30

32

28

34

17

13

35

30

138

South East Coast

Kent and Medway

6

23

16

27

37

20

25

23

28

10

18

Surrey and Sussex

48

37

34

51

40

27

14

24

34

26

39

South West

Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire

4

2

12

10

20

80

60

50

55

69

86

Dorset and Somerset

20

45

22

51

57

42

43

72

71

45

52

South West Peninsula

2

14

17

16

14

5

5

7

10

8

3

West Midlands

Birmingham and the Black Country

18

21

25

21

14

35

33

100

109

56

45

Coventry, Warwicks., Herefords.,Worcs.

9

8

5

7

5

14

22

12

10

10

32

Shropshire and Staffordshire.

1

8

14

10

19

21

25

25

39

46

32

Yorkshire and Humbershire

North and East Yorkshire, N Lincolnshire

53

100

116

77

68

55

85

64

63

58

81

South Yorkshire

15

5

13

16

28

29

38

60

36

26

47

West Yorkshire

49

54

45

89

62

48

67

70

81

71

68

Port Health Authority

1

1

Total

670

813

817

985

970

1,014

1,097

1,134

1,239

1,061

1,123

Notes:
1. Hepatitis B is notifiable under the Public Health (Infectious Diseases) Regulations 1988.
2. SHAs have been merged, and the number reduced from 28 to 10. The table gives data for both the previous and the current SHAs.
3. Cells are left empty if no cases have been reported.
4. These data have already been published.
Source:
Health Protection Agency

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