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The National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse's (NTA) National Drug Treatment Monitoring System (NDTMS) collects data on people in drug treatment in England.

NDTMS records the numbers of people receiving specialist prescribing for drug treatment rather than the type of drug which is prescribed. Most of those in treatment receive oral methadone but buprenorphine or other substitute opioids may also be prescribed.

The NDTMS only records data based on local authority boundaries, and only since 2004-05. The NDTMS does not break down data specifically for the Tees Valley
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district, or Middlesbrough, South and East Cleveland constituency, and only records data for England not the whole of the UK.

Data for the number of people receiving prescribing treatment for the local authority areas of Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland, as well as the north east and England, for each of the years since 2004-05 is given in the following table.

Number of individuals receiving prescribing treatment (including methadone) for drug misuse

2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08

Middlesbrough

962

905

1,038

1,137

Redcar and Cleveland

379

378

417

518

North East

6,248

7,175

7,930

9,145

England

88,196

107,093

118,107

131,468


The percentages of people receiving prescribing treatment in England, for the age brackets as requested and since 2004-05 are in the following table.

Percentage of people receiving prescribing treatment (including methadone) by age

2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08

Under 18

1

0

0

0

18 to 25

28

25

24

22

26 to 40

58

61

62

64

40 plus

11

13

14

15

Note:
Due to rounding, percentages may not always total 100 per cent.

Methadone: Hertfordshire

Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were prescribed methadone in (a) Hemel Hempstead, (b) West Hertfordshire Hospital Trust and (c) Hertfordshire in each of the last 10 years; and what percentage was aged (i) under 18, (ii) between 18 and 25, (iii) between 26 and 40 and (iv) over 40 years at the date of the first prescription. [231098]

Dawn Primarolo: The Department does not hold information on the number or age of patients treated with a particular drug. However we are able to provide two related sources of data covering the Hertfordshire area. These are the number of methadone prescriptions and the number of people receiving specialist prescribing treatment for drug misuse.

The number of items prescribed and dispensed for methadone is in the following table. We are unable to supply information for the areas requested as they are not health regions. We have supplied information for the health areas that most closely fit those requested (West Hertfordshire Primary Care Trust (PCT) to represent Hemel Hempstead and West Hertfordshire and East and North Hertfordshire PCTs combined to represent Hertfordshire). Furthermore, some of these health areas have changed under the reconfiguration of PCTs in 2006, details of which are given as follows. Information is only held for the last 60 months.

Methadone can be used to treat more than one condition - it is licensed for use in opioid dependence, as an analgesic and as a cough suppressant.


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Number of prescription items (not individuals receiving prescriptions) of methadone, as whole numbers

2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08

Hertfordshire(1)

7,140

5,404

5,442

6,937

West Hertfordshire(2)

4,413

3,350

3,741

5,128

(1) Due to changes in PCT configuration Hertfordshire comprises of the following PCTs:
Post 2006 PCT changes
East and North Hertfordshire PCT; and
West Hertfordshire PCT.
Pre 2006 changes
Dacorum PCT;
Hertsmere PCT;
North Herts and Stevenage PCT;
Royston, Buntingford and Bishops Stortford PCT;
South East Hertfordshire PCT;
St Albans and Harpenden PCT;
Watford and Three Rivers PCT; and
Welwyn Hatfield PCT.
(2) Due to changes in PCT configuration West Hertfordshire comprised of the following PCTs, pre 2006 changes:
Dacorum PCT;
Hertsmere PCT;
St. Albans and Harpenden PCT; and
Watford and Three Rivers PCT.
Due to these changes it is not possible to compare the numbers of items prescribed in one year to the number in the next.

The National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse's (NTA) National Drug Treatment Monitoring System (NDTMS) collects data on people in drug treatment in England.

NDTMS only records numbers of people receiving specialist prescribing for drug treatment rather than the type of drug which is prescribed. Most of those in treatment receive oral methadone but buprenorphine or other substitute opioids may also be prescribed.

The NDTMS only records data for the county of Hertfordshire, and only since 2004-05.

The number of people who received prescribing treatment for drug misuse for each of the years since 2004-05 is in the following table.

Number

2004-05

831

2005-06

970

2006-07

1,081

2007-08

1,310


The percentages of people receiving prescribing treatment, for the age brackets as requested are as follows.

Percentage

2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08

under 18

1

1

0

0

18 to 25

28

24

22

21

26 to 40

59

62

64

62

41+

12

13

13

17

Notes:
Percentages may not always total 100 per cent. owing to rounding.

Mid Essex Hospital Trust: Accident and Emergency Departments

Mr. Burns: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time at accident and emergency departments at Mid Essex Hospital Trust hospitals was in each of the last five years. [233186]


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Phil Hope: Information is not collected centrally in the format requested. Information on time spent in accident and emergency (A and E) service and E waits, which is set at 98 per cent. of patients seen, diagnosed and treated within four hours of their arrival at A and E. Data on A and E activity is collected and published quarterly as part of the Department's QMAE dataset. Latest published figures show that, for quarter one in 2008-09, performance for Mid Essex Hospital Trust was 99.1 per cent, (all types). The data for the previous five years has been set out in the following table.

Total time spent in A&E from arrival to admission, transfer or discharge, Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust, including activity at partner primary care trusts (PCTs), 2003-04 to 2007-08

Percentage of patients who spent less than four hours in A and E

2003-04

91.2

2004-05

96.9

2005-06

98.8

2006-07

98.8

2007-08

98.2

Notes:
1. Data for 2003-04 and quarter one 2004-05 does not include activity at partner PCTs.
2. Data for quarter two, quarter three and quarter four 2004-05 and quarter one 2005-06 includes activity at partner PCT—Maldon and South Chelmsford PCT. There was no activity at Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust's partner PCTs from Q2 2005-06
Source:
Department of Health dataset QMAE.

Neurology

Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made on the implementation of the national service framework on long-term neurological conditions; and if he will make a statement. [233184]

Ann Keen: Since publication of the national service framework (NSF) for long-term conditions in March 2005, the Department has co-ordinated a range of activities to help local health and social care organisations take forward local implementation of the NSF. This includes:

The NSF is for implementation over 10 years and local bodies can set their own pace of change within this period, according to local priorities. However, the planning framework makes clear that the national health service and local authorities will need to demonstrate that they are making progress in planning and developing the levels of service quality described in the NSF over the course of the three year planning period (2005/08).


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NHS: Dental Services

Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS dentists there were on a (a) full-time equivalent and (b) headcount basis in (i) Peterborough, (ii) Cambridgeshire and (iii) the East of England in each of the last five years. [232361]

Ann Keen: The number of national health service dentists from 1997 to 2006 is available in Annex E of the report “NHS Dental Activity and Workforce Report England: 31 March 2006”. Information is available by strategic health authority (SHA) and by primary care trust (PCT). Annex G of the report contains information by constituency.

This measure counted the number of NHS dentists recorded on PCT lists at 31 March each year. The information is based on the old contractual arrangements, which were in place up to and including 31 March 2006. This report has already been placed in the Library and is also available on the website of the Information Centre for health and social care at:

The number of dentists with national health service activity during the years ending 31 March 2007 and 2008 is available in Table G1 of Annex 3 of the report “NHS Dental Statistics for England: 2007-08”. Information is provided by SHA and by PCT but is not available by constituency. This information is based on the new dental contractual arrangements introduced on 1 April 2006.

Following a recent consultation exercise, this measure is based on a revised methodology and therefore supersedes previously published workforce figures relating to the new dental contractual arrangements. It is not comparable to the information collected under the old contractual arrangements. The revised methodology counted the number of dental performers with NHS activity recorded via FP17 claim forms in each year ending 31 March. This report has already been placed in the Library and is also available on the Information Centre website at:

Further work is planned over the next 12 months to determine whether the definition used under the new dental contractual arrangements can be applied to the years under the old contractual arrangements to produce a consistent time series.

Both sets of published figures relate to 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.

Information on full-time equivalent dentists are not available. However, information on dentists’ average weekly hours and weekly NHS hours is available in the report “Dental Working Hours, England and Wales 2006-07 and 2007-08”. This report has been placed in the Library and is also available on the Information Centre website at:

All of the aforementioned reports have been published by the Information Centre for health and social care.


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