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Nurses: Vacancies

Greg Mulholland: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of the number of nursing vacancies in the NHS at the end of August 2010. [323769]

Ann Keen: We do not hold estimates of likely vacancies centrally.

Vacancy data as at 31 March are published annually by the NHS Information Centre in August of the same year.

Patients: Safety

Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of (a) fatal and (b) other patient safety incidents in the latest year for which figures were available; and how many such incidents of each type there were in that year. [323913]

Ann Keen: The following table, supplied by the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA), sets out the number of incidents reported in England by degree of harm and incident type that occurred for the period July 2008 to June 2009.


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Incidents of harm reported to NPSA by incident type, July 2008 to June 2009 - England
Number of incidents
Incident type No h arm Low Moderate Severe Death Total

England

Other

21,298

9,337

3,127

739

1,670

36,171

Infection Control Incident

8,458

4,148

2,798

705

354

16,463

Implementation of care and ongoing monitoring/review

16,387

14,803

6,098

948

156

38,392

Self-harming behaviour

11,057

15,256

2,800

367

430

29,910

Treatment, procedure

54,451

27,643

12,240

1,362

406

96,102

Clinical assessment (including diagnosis, scans, tests, assessments)

31,252

7,170

2,702

538

175

41,837

Patient abuse (by staff/third party)

4,200

1,291

326

71

15

5,903

Access, admission, transfer, discharge (including missing patient)

56,118

14,389

4,756

520

126

75,909

Consent, communication, confidentiality

28,254

5,134

1,359

205

49

35,001

Medical device/equipment

21,353

5,037

1,443

153

43

28,029

Infrastructure (including staffing, facilities, environment)

44,720

7,909

2,856

269

43

55,797

Patient accident

185,266

103,471

11,936

1,358

179

302,210

Medication

73,950

13,060

3,019

351

59

90,439

Disruptive, aggressive behaviour

26,303

11,915

1,362

98

18

39,696

Documentation (including records, identification)

47,296

5,355

886

89

12

53,638

Total

630,363

245,918

57,708

7,773

3,735

945,497


Postgraduate Education

Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans his Department has for the future of its restrictions on access to post-graduate medical education for non-EEA graduates; and if he will make a statement. [324649]

Ann Keen: The Department undertook a consultation exercise about managing medical migration last year and there was strong support for the restrictions on access to post-graduate medical education by non-European economic area graduates and there has been no change in circumstance since then that indicates a review is required.

Primary Care Trusts: Finance

Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 17 March 2010, Official Report, column 925W, on health services: disadvantage, what the total population was of (a) spearhead and (b) non-spearhead area primary care trusts in each year. [323836]

Angela E. Smith: 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 Stephen Penneck, dated March 2010:

Population estimates/projections for Spearhead and non-Spearhead Primary Care Trusts, mid-2006 to mid-2009
Thousand

Spearhead PCTs Non-Spearhead PCTs Total

Mid-2009

18,434

33,454

51,888

Mid-2008

18,289

33,158

51.446

Mid-2007

18,195

32,897

51,092

Mid-2006

15,638

35,125

50,763

Notes:
1. The Spearhead Group is identified in terms of local authority areas. It comprises the 'worst' fifth of local authorities for at least three out of five selected indicators, covering male life expectancy at birth, female life expectancy at birth, cancer mortality rate for under 75s, circulatory disease mortality rate for under 75s, and the Index of Multiple Deprivation 2004 average score.
2. Spearhead PCTs are those that overlap geographically, either wholly or partly, with the Spearhead local authorities. Spearhead PCTs on old and new boundaries cover slightly different populations.
3. Figures for mid-2007 to mid-2009 are based on PCT boundaries following the October 2006 NHS reorganisation. Mid-2006 figures are based on old PCT boundaries.
4. The figures for mid-2006 to mid-2008 are population estimates, the figures for mid-2009 are population projections from CXNS 2006-based Subnational Population Projections.
Source:
Office for National Statistics

Business, Innovation and Skills

Adult Education: Finance

Stephen Williams: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effect on deaf and hearing impaired people of the Learning and Skills Council's decision to reduce funding for adult further education, including qualifications in British Sign Language by £200 million in 2010-11. [324734]

Kevin Brennan: The Learning and Skills Council (LSC) are responsible for the funding of further education (FE) and skills training for adult learners aged 19 and over.

The Skills Investment Strategy (November 2009) set out measures that would make £340 million of efficiency savings in the 2010-11 financial year. Despite these savings, investment in adult participation budget will be £3.5 billion in 2010-11 financial year: an increase of 2.9 per cent. compared with 2009-10 financial year.

Within the total investment, we have committed to maintaining funding for the same volumes of learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities as a priority group of learners. This may include individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. It is for FE colleges and training organisations to determine their offer to these learners in line with their level of need.


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Apprentices: Equality

Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer to question 322635, what recent initiatives his Department has funded to increase gender equality in participation in level 3 advanced apprenticeships. [325004]

Kevin Brennan: Apprenticeships are open to those aged 16 and over, regardless of ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability or religious belief. Participation in apprenticeships has increased threefold over the last decade. A great deal of work is being, done to improve access further and increase gender equality in participation at all levels.

The percentage of young women following an apprenticeship framework at Level 3 rather than Level 2 has risen from 14 per cent. in 2003/04 to 18 per cent. in 2008/09. The percentage of young men on an advanced apprenticeship has remained at 31 per cent.

Recent activity to address gender inequalities in apprenticeships includes:


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