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Calls referred to pharmacy

Quarter Number Percentage of symptomatic calls Percentage of all calls

2003

Q1

23,973

3

2

2003

Q2

24,204

3

2

2003

Q3

21,104

2

2

2003

Q4

21,493

2

2

2004

Q1

23,959

2

2

2004

Q2

25,038

3

2

2004

Q3

25,813

3

2

2004

Q4

24,670

2

2

2005

Q1

22,771

2

1

2005

Q2

24,395

2

2

2005

Q3

21,173

2

1

2005

Q4

22,504

2

1

2006

Q1

21,530

2

1

2006

Q2

24,958

2

2

2006

Q3

18,843

2

1

2006

Q4

16,260

2

1

2007

Q1

15,009

2

1

2007

Q2

21,046

2

2

2007

Q3

18,247

2

2

2007

Q4

13,515

1

1

2008

Q1

15,716

1

1

2008

Q2

16,279

2

1

2008

Q3

15,298

2

1

2008

Q4

16,495

2

1


Calls referred to another service( 1)

Quarter Number Percentage of symptomatic calls Percentage of all calls

2003

Q1

589,108

63

41

2003

Q2

564,050

62

39

2003

Q3

532,882

62

40

2003

Q4

585,961

63

41

2004

Q1

613,906

63

42

2004

Q2

616,306

62

42

2004

Q3

591,031

62

42

2004

Q4

671,928

63

44

2005

Q1

689,815

61

42

2005

Q2

666,977

61

43

2005

Q3

623,832

60

43

2005

Q4

683,499

61

44

2006

Q1

705,438

62

45

2006

Q2

654,112

61

44

2006

Q3

572,845

60

43

2006

Q4

571,834

60

44

2007

Q1

534,793

60

43

2007

Q2

591,154

59

46

2007

Q3

530,091

58

46

2007

Q4

555,355

55

44

2008

Q1

583,460

54

43

2008

Q2

573,206

54

44

2008

Q3

527,817

54

43

2008

Q4

564,930

52

41

(1 )Includes all GP referrals.
Source:
National Operations Centre, NHS Direct

NHS: Pensions

Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many members of the NHS Pension Scheme have received pension overpayments due to guaranteed minimum pension data not being properly transferred. [256405]


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Ann Keen: NHS pensions are continuing to work with other organisations to confirm the numbers of members of the NHS Pension Scheme who have been overpaid as a result of the incorrect indexation of the guaranteed minimum pension. We estimate that around 51,000 pensioners will be affected. We anticipate that final figures will be known by the end of February 2009.

Nurses: Training

Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what proportion of student nurses are studying for a (a) diploma and (b) degree; [255749]

(2) what support is available to nursing students studying for a (a) diploma and (b) degree. [255750]

Ann Keen: The actual number of student nurses studying degree and diploma courses is not held centrally. However, the number of training posts commissioned each year by strategic health authorities in England in the financial years 2005-06 to 2007-08 are as follows:

2005-06 Commissions 2006-07 Commissions 2007-08 Commissions

No. Proportion No. Proportion No. Proportion

Nursing

Degree

3,238

0.16

4,006

0.19

4,062

0.21

Diploma

17,076

0.84

17,193

0.81

15,290

0.79

Source:
Multi Professional Education and Training quarterly monitoring returns

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