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Grants (London Boroughs)

Ms Buck: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list (a) each category of grant and (b) the amount of each grant paid by his Department to each London borough in (i) 1997-98, (ii) 1998-1999, (iii) 1999-2000 and (iv) 2000-01; and what the projected figure is for 2001-02. [155429]

Mr. Denham: The information requested has been placed in the Library.

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The tables list the amount and type of grant paid to each London borough from 1997-98 to 2000-01 with indicative allocations for 2001-02. In addition to the grants shown in the tables:

Community Health Workers

Mr. Paul Marsden: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many community health workers worked in Shropshire (a) in May 1997 and (b) on the most recent date for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. [156565]

Yvette Cooper: Data relating solely to community health workers are not collected centrally. The table illustrates the number of staff employed in hospitals and community health services (HCHS) in the Shropshire health authority (HA).

The National Health Service Plan sets out future plans for further expansion of NHS staff.

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HCHS: Non-medical and medical and dental staff and those employed in the community and public health areas of work in Shropshire HA area as at 30 September 1997 and 2000

Whole-time equivalents Headcount
Total non-medical staff5,0205,6206,2307,060
Of which
Nursing staff community psychiatry(141)60806080
Community learning difficulties(141)10101010
Community services(141)300340390490
Total medical and dental public health medicine (PHM) and community health service (CHS) staff20304040
Of which

(141) These are the only non-medical workforce staff groups that can be identified as working within community health

(142) Five or less and greater than zero


Figures exclude learners and agency staff

Figures are rounded to the nearest 10


Department of Health 2000 non-medical workforce census

Department of Health 2000 medical and dental workforce census

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General Practitioners

Dr. Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what mechanisms will be put in place to enable GP practices to demonstrate their competence to primary care trusts. [156734]

Mr. Denham: Primary care trust (PCT) core functions include the development of general practice and other primary care providers and those professionals working in primary and community care. The range of services developed will vary between PCTs. It is therefore for each PCT to develop its own incentive arrangements and a range of performance indicators to assess the development of practices and the services it provides.

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As part of this the Prime Minister announced on 19 March an additional £100 million to invest in general practice and primary care. PCTs and primary care groups will need to agree objectives and targets with their constituent practices for the effective use of these funds that support improvement of services by skilled and competent primary care professionals.


Mr. Wilkinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many isolation wards for the treatment of tuberculosis have been opened in NHS hospitals since May 1997; in which hospitals; and on what dates. [156535]

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Yvette Cooper [holding answer 2 April 2001]: Information on the number of isolation wards in hospitals is not collected centrally.

Different levels of isolation are required depending on the infectious (or suspected infectious) nature of a tuberculosis case. Each patient is considered on a case-by-case basis and therefore, the need for isolation facilities is made at local level.

The Department has published recommendations on isolation in two documents. One in June 1996 "Recommendations for the prevention and control of tuberculosis at local level" and again in September 1998 in the document entitled "UK guidance on the prevention and control of transmission of HIV-related tuberculosis and Drug-resistant, including Multiple Drug-resistant tuberculosis".

HPV Testing

Dr. Gibson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if the pilot tests for HPV testing (a) have started on schedule and (b) are taking place in the originally announced locations; and when he expects the results to be published. [156745]

Yvette Cooper [holding answer 3 April 2001]: The human papilloma virus/liquid based cytology pilot started in March 2001, as planned. As previously announced, the three sites are Norfolk and Norwich, North Bristol and Newcastle.

The evaluation is in two phases. In May 2002 the United Kingdom national screening committee (NSC) will report to the National Institute for Clinical Excellence on liquid based cytology. In March 2003, the NSC will consider the full evaluation of human papilloma virus testing and liquid based cytology in cervical screening before reporting to Ministers. Decisions about publication will be made at that stage.


Dr. Gibson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to meet the European Standards in Cancer survival rates. [156746]

Yvette Cooper [holding answer 3 April 2001]: The National Health Service cancer plan has set out the actions and milestones that aim to deliver the fastest improvements in cancer services anywhere in Europe over the next five years. By 2010 we anticipate that our five year survival rates for cancer will compare with the best in Europe.

NHS Plan

Mr. Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if the term "by 2006" used in the NHS Plan refers to 1 January 2006. [157087]

Mr. Denham: There are no references to the term "by 2006" in the National Health Service Plan.

Drug and Tobacco Dependency

Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much central Government funding was specifically

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allocated for preventive and curative work in relation to (a) drug, (b) alcohol and (c) tobacco dependency in the last financial year. [156909]

Ms Stuart [holding answer 5 April 2001]: It is not always possible to distinguish between preventive and curative work in relation to substance misuse. Interventions may be undertaken with people who have some substance misuse problems but have not, or would not, necessarily develop dependency. In the financial year 2000-01, the following sums were allocated for work which can broadly be described as preventive and/or curative in relation to drug, alcohol, and tobacco dependency or misuse, by central Government:

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