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Most common( 1) conditions for women having abortions in 2006, by strategic health authority of residence

Marital status Age Gestation Number of previous children Number of previous abortions Ground

England

Single with partner

20

7

0

0

(2)

East Midlands

Single with partner

21

8

0

0

(2)

East of England

Single with partner

21

8

0

0

(2)

London

Single with partner

24

7

0

0

(2)

North East

Single with partner

21

8

0

0

(2)

North West

Single no partner

19

8

0

0

(2)

South Central

Single with partner

19

7

0

0

(2)

South East Coast

Single with partner

19

7

0

0

(2)

South West

Single with partner

19

8

0

0

(2)

West Midlands

Single no partner

21

8

0

0

(2)

Yorkshire and Humber

Single with partner

19

8

0

0

(2)


Most common( 1) conditions fo r women having abortions in 2005 , by strategic health authority of residence

Marital status Age Gestation Number of previous children Number of previous abortions Ground

England

Single no partner

20

8

0

0

(2)

East Midlands

Single with partner

20

8

0

0

(2)

East

Single with partner

20

8

0

0

(2)

London

Single no partner

24

7

0

0

(2)

North East

Single with partner

19

8

0

0

(2)

North West

Single no partner

20

8

0

0

(2)

South East

Single no partner

20

7

0

0

(2)

South West

Single no partner

20

8

0

0

(2)

West Midlands

Single no partner

20

8

0

0

(2)

Yorkshire and Humber

Single with partner

19

8

0

0

(2)

(1) Statistical mode (highest frequency).
(2) That the pregnancy has not exceeded its 24th week and that the continuance of the pregnancy would involve risk, greater than if the pregnancy were terminated, of injury to the physical or mental health of the pregnant woman.

Accident and Emergency Departments

Derek Twigg: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of people attending accident and emergency departments in the last 12 months who could have been treated by their GP, broken down by primary care trust. [263630]

Mr. Bradshaw [holding answer 25 March 2009]: While no formal estimate has been made by the Department of the number of people attending accident and emergency departments who could have been treated by their general practitioner, Professor Sir George Alberti—former National Director for Emergency Access—has suggested this could be around 50 per cent. in some areas. This is an issue the Department expects to look at as part of its continuous programme to improve access to health services.

It is a matter for the local national health service, along with its strategic health authorities and other interested bodies to plan, develop and organise local services that are responsive to people’s needs. What is important is that patients have access to the most appropriate care in a timely manner.

Cardiovascular System

Mr. Dhanda: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will consider the merits of issuing guidance on the administration of (a) treatment and (b) laser treatment for extreme vascular malformations in children. [270001]

Ann Keen: This Department has no plans to issue guidance on the administration of treatment, or laser treatment, for extreme vascular malformations in children.

However, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence published interventional procedure guidance on the use of intralesional photocoagulation of subcutaneous congenital vascular disorders in September 2004.

Mr. Keetch: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of people likely to be identified as at risk by the Vascular Risk Assessment programme; and what plans he has to provide (a) advice and (b) treatment for such people. [270044]

Ann Keen: The NHS Health Check programme is a universal and systematic programme for everyone between the ages of 40 and 74 that will assess people's risk of heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and diabetes. Everyone having an NHS health check will receive individually tailored lifestyle advice to help them manage and reduce that risk, and help them live well for longer.

The ‘Putting prevention first: Vascular checks risk assessment and management—impact assessment’, a copy of which has been placed in the Library, gives details of the likely scale of the different interventions required for the risk management element of the programme. See the impact assessment for a detailed breakdown of the benefits likely from the vascular programme, the likely impact on primary care and a costs and benefits analysis.

Dentistry

Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dental graduates there were in each year since the new contract for NHS dentistry was introduced in April 2006. [270029]


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Ann Keen: Information for ‘home fee’ students at dental schools in England is provided in the following table:

Academic year Dental graduates

2005-06

560

2006-07

593

2007-08

656

2008-09

(1)712

2009-10

851

(1) Forecast

Departmental Air Conditioning

Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many of his Department's buildings are equipped with air conditioning systems with greater than 250kW of output; how many of these systems have been inspected under the Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) Regulations 2007; and if he will place in the Library a copy of each inspection report; [270697]

(2) how much has been spent by his Department on carrying out inspections of air conditioning systems within departmental buildings in accordance with the Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) Regulations 2007. [270698]

Mr. Bradshaw: The Department of Health and its executive agencies have three buildings with air conditioning systems with greater than 250kW of output and which are covered by the Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) Regulations 2007.

Skipton House, (80, London Road, London, SEl 6LH) and Wellington House (133-155 Waterloo Road, London SEl 8UG) are scheduled to be inspected in mid May 2009. The maintenance of the air conditioning system in Market Towers (1, Nine Elms Lane, London, SW8 5NQ) is the responsibility of the landlord's agents.

The cost of undertaking the inspections of the air conditioning systems in Skipton House and Wellington House, which is compliant with the Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) Regulations 2007, will be £10,000.

A copy of the results of the inspections will be placed in the Library, when they become available.

Food: Labelling

Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he expects the Community List foreseen by Article 13.2 of the Nutrition and Health Claims Regulation to be published by 31 January 2010. [270028]

Dawn Primarolo: The European Commission is responsible for co-ordinating the authorisation of the list of Article 13 health claims. It has acknowledged that the Community List of authorised claims will not be published by 31 January 2010 as the assessment exercise by the European Food Safety Authority may extend beyond this deadline. In which case, continued use of these claims would need to be permitted until the final list is adopted. The Food Standards Agency will continue to keep interested parties updated on developments on this process.


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Health Services: Overseas Visitors

Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to publish proposals for public consultation arising from his Department’s joint review with the Home Department on NHS charging regulations for overseas visitors; and if he will make a statement. [270231]

Ann Keen: The review of access to the national health service by foreign nationals, which is currently being conducted jointly by the Department and the Home Department, has taken longer than expected due to the complex and inter-connecting issues under consideration.

However, the review is now being finalised and proposals will be published later in the year.


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