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Mr. Gerrard: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what responses he has received to his consultation document, Modernising Orthodontic Services; and when he will announce his response to the consultation exercise. 
Mr. Hutton: We have consulted three patient representative groups on the reform proposals for orthodontics: Patients Association; National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux; and Association of Community Health Councils for England and Wales.
(3) what representations he has received concerning the need for human papilloma virus testing as part of improvements to the National Cervical Screening Programme. 
Yvette Cooper: The National Health Service cancer plan sets out our commitment to introducing new developments to the cervical screening programme. Plans to pilot the new techniques in liquid based cytology (LBC) and human papilloma virus (HPV) testing are highlighted in the plan as the means for informing service improvement.
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After receiving advice from the National Institute for Clinical Excellence in June 2000, we decided to pilot LBC and HPV jointly. A joint protocol was developed which will provide more useful information and be more convenient for women as a number of tests can be carried out from the same sample. Sites in England have now been chosen and the joint pilot will start in March 2001.
Mr. Hutton: The dental strategy includes up to £100 million funding up to the end of the next financial year, for modernising National Health Service dentistry. Meeting our target for increased dental access will cost another £80 million a year in extra treatment fees. As well as this earmarked funding, health authorities are able to use their growth funds to finance personal dental services, targeting local access problems.
Mr. Quentin Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many persons died of AIDS in the UK in the last 12 month period for which figures are available; and what the comparable figures were for (a) 1995, (b) 1990 and (c) 1980; 
Yvette Cooper: The table shows the number of AIDS deaths and newly diagnosed HIV infections reported in the United Kingdom for the calendar years 1985, 1990 and 1995 and for the last 12-month period. No deaths were recorded for people with AIDS in 1980. The table also shows the total deaths in HIV-infected individuals because in recent years (since effective combination antiretroviral treatment came into widespread use) this has become more representative of HIV-related mortality.
|HIV infections newly diagnosed||Deaths in individuals with reported AIDS||Total deaths in HIV-infected individuals(9)|
|Last 12 months(10),(11)||2,729||229||350|
(9) Includes deaths in HIV-infected individuals without reported AIDS
(10) 1 October 1999 to 30 September 2000
(11) The number of diagnoses and deaths are likely to rise as further reports are received
Mr. Quentin Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many persons in the United Kingdom were diagnosed with sexually transmitted diseases other than HIV/AIDS in the last 12 month period for which figures are available; and what the comparable figures were for (a) 1995, (b) 1990 and (c) 1985. 
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(12) Provide an indication of patient numbers but individuals may have more than one diagnosis
Mr. Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what data his Department collects from local authorities regarding availability of nursing and residential care beds in their areas; how often that information is collected and collated; and in what form it is published. 
Mr. Hutton [holding answer 15 December 2000]: National Statistics are collected and published on an annual basis on the numbers of residential and nursing care homes and the places or registered beds as at 31 March. Aggregated counts of residential care homes and places within these homes by primary client type and sector of provider are collected from local authorities. Aggregated counts of the number of private nursing homes, hospitals and clinics and the registered beds by type of home, primary client type and broad category of use are collected from health authorities. Both sets of collections identify homes that are registered to provide both residential and nursing care (i.e. dual registered homes). Some information is also collected from individual residential and nursing homes on the facilities available, number of occupied places and nursing staff. Collection of this information is linked to the main pre-announced annual inspection.
Information is published in both electronic and paper form, the most recent relating to the position as at 31 March 2000, in the Statistical Bulletin "Community Care Statistics 2000: Residential Personal Social Services for Adults". Copies are available in the Library and are available at the Department of Health website at http://www.doh.gov.uk/public/sb0028.htm.
Yvette Cooper: The information requested is shown in the table and highlights a year-on-year increase in the cancer drug budget at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital NHS Trust since 1996 (first available figures):
Royal Shrewsbury Hospital NHS Trust
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Mr. Paul Marsden: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on proposals to pilot the clinical applications for logistics in the management trusts as developed at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital; and if he will make a statement. 
Yvette Cooper: The National Patients Access Team have commissioned work to establish a strategic outline case. This work will systematically assess the range of strategic options to meet the information systems requirements to support the national implementation of booked admissions. The work will be completed by the end of February 2001. It will provide sufficient detail to allow Ministers to consider next steps.
Mr. Paul Marsden: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the locations of each defibrillator to be placed in public locations in (a) Shrewsbury and Atcham and (b) Shropshire; and if he will make a statement. 
Yvette Cooper: The Government scheme to provide life-saving heart defibrillators in public places was launched in April 2000. 700 defibrillators will be placed in railway stations, shopping centres, airports and bus stations across the country.
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