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Medicines Commission

Mr. Lepper: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will publish the annual report of the Medicines Commission for 2000. [6516]

Yvette Cooper: We have received the report, and copies have been laid before both Houses of Parliament today in accordance with the requirements of section 5(2) of the Medicines Act 1968.

Bound volumes have been placed in the Library containing the 2000 reports of the Medicines Commission, the Committee on Safety of Medicines, the Advisory Board on the Registration of Homoeopathic Products, the British Pharmacopoeia Commission, the Veterinary Products Committee and the Independent Review Panel on Advertising.

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We are glad to acknowledge the valuable work done by the distinguished members of the Medicines Act Advisory Bodies and thank them for the time and effort dedicated in the public interest to this important work.

Public Health

Mr. Prosser: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the Government's response to the Health Select Committee's second report on Public Health will be published. [6517]

Yvette Cooper: We expect to publish the Government's response to the Select Committee next week and copies will be placed in the Library.

Health Visitors and District Nurses

John Austin: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many health visitors and district nurses were employed in NHS hospital and community health services in each of the last three years for which figures are available. [5834]

Mr. Hutton: Data showing the number of health visitors and district nurses employed in the national health service in each of the last three years are in the table.

NHS Hospital and Community Health Services (HCHS): health visitors and district nurses in England as at 30 September each year

199819992000
Health visitors12,57012,80012,830
All district nurses14,26014,26014,450
Of which:
1st level12,61012,64012,590
2nd level1,6501,6201,860

Notes:

Figures are rounded to the nearest 10

Due to rounding totals may not equal the sum of component parts

Source:

Department of Health Non-medical Workforce Census


John Austin: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what percentage of health visitors and district nurses employed in NHS hospital and community health services are aged (a) over 50 and (b) over 55 years. [5833]

Mr. Hutton: Data showing the number and percentage of health visitors and district nurses employed in the National Health Service who are (a) over 50 and (b) over 55 years of age are shown in the table.

NHS Hospital and Community Health Services (HCHS): number and percentage of health visitors and district nurses aged 50 and over and 55 and over in England as at 30 September 2000

Headcount all agesHeadcount 50 years or overPercentage 50 years or overHeadcount 55 years or overPercentage 55 years or over
Health visitors12,8304,09031.91,72013.4
All district nurses14,4503,87026.81,57010.9
Of which:
District nurse 1st level12,5903,48027.61,39011.0

Notes:

1. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10

2. Figures exclude learners and agency staff

3. Percentages rounded to one decimal place

4. Percentages calculated from unrounded figures

Source:

Department of Health Non-medical Workforce Census


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NHS Complaints Procedure

Mr. Burns: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total cost to the NHS has been of claims made against it by patients for negligence, broken down by (a) amount of compensation paid to patients and (b) total amount paid to lawyers for both the NHS and claimants in legal costs, in each of the last 10 years. [5025]

Ms Blears: Figures on the amounts included in the National Audit Summarised Accounts for clinical negligence expenditure for the latest available years are as follows:

£ million

Year
1996–97235
1997–98144
1998–99221
1999–2000373

Source:

National health service summarised accounts for health authorities, NHS trusts and NHS Litigation Authority


Figures prior to 1996–97 are not available because clinical negligence was not separately identified in the accounts prior to that date.

Changes to accounting policies mean that these amounts are not directly comparable.

The summarised accounts do not show, and it is therefore not possible to break down separately what proportion of these figures are for compensation payments and legal costs.

Mr. Burns: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total cost has been to the NHS of operating its complaints procedures in each of the last 10 years. [5023]

Ms Blears: The information requested is not available centrally.

Geriatric Emergencies

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list health authorities in England in order of the highest number of patients aged 75 years and over admitted for emergency treatment. [5810]

Mr. Hutton: The information requested is shown in the table.

Emergency admissions of patients 75 and over to hospital, at quarter 4 2000–01

Health authorityNumber of emergency admissionsRate of emergency admissions per 1,000 population 75 and over
Birmingham5,52282.6
Dorset4,94662.1
Avon4,92461.9
East Sussex Brighton and Hove4,92160.1
Leicestershire4,91576.4
East Kent4,49276.2
Leeds4,14079.9
Norfolk4,12156.1
Lincolnshire4,07271.6
North Essex4,00856.6
West Kent3,90058.1
Nottingham3,85882.9
North Yorkshire3,85560.3
South Essex3,85070.9
Suffolk3,73162.1
Berkshire3,70078.0
South Cheshire3,68972.6
East Riding3,60581.9
Durham3,48179.3
North and East Devon3,41867.8
Newcastle and North Tyneside3,32192.0
Cambridgeshire3,25064.7
South and West Devon3,22255.3
Somerset3,18267.1
Portsmouth and South East Hampshire3,14872.7
Sheffield3,00270.9
Cornwall and Isles of Scilly2,98862.9
South Derbyshire2,98770.4
Calderdale and Kirklees2,95472.2
Wigan and Bolton2,93377.4
Gloucestershire2,88461.2
North West Lancashire2,88167.5
Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham2,84675.0
Tees2,74077.1
Southampton and South West Hampshire2,73358.6
Liverpool2,70090.8
South Staffordshire2,69873.9
West Surrey2,64254.9
Bradford2,63382.0
Wiltshire2,62358.8
East Lancashire2,55870.8
East and North Hertfordshire2,48870.9
West Hertfordshire2,41562.0
Oxfordshire2,37856.3
Northamptonshire2,33661.1
Buckinghamshire2,29156.4
Warwickshire2,27561.2
Merton, Sutton and Wandsworth2,25158.3
Worcestershire2,23154.3
Wirral2,22883.3
Gateshead and South Tyneside2,22782.1
Ealing, Hammersmith and Hounslow2,22261.2
West Pennine2,21273.0
Salford and Trafford2,20066.1
North Nottinghamshire2,18576.2
North Staffordshire2,17861.7
North and Mid Hampshire2,15862.7
Bedfordshire2,13063.8
Shropshire2,12366.1
West Sussex2,07326.4
East London and City2,05273.4
Redbridge and Waltham Forest2,03971.4
Barking and Havering2,02968.3
Northumberland2,02184.2
North Derbyshire1,98067.0
Morecambe Bay1,96071.5
Bury and Rochdale1,90475.6
East Surrey1,84151.5
North Cumbria1,80072.2
South Humber1,78974.8
Wakefield1,78682.9
Enfield and Haringey1,75463.8
Bexley and Greenwich1,75361.8
St Helens and Knowsley1,72381.9
Manchester1,67659.8
Sandwell1,64771.6
Camden and Islington1,62982.8
Doncaster1,57775.7
Kingston and Richmond1,55265.7
Sunderland1,55284.9
Sefton1,55160.5
Coventry1,53965.8
South Lancashire1,49375.1
North Cheshire1,48279.8
Stockport1,34960.8
Rotherham1,33778.4
Wolverhampton1,32374.2
Barnsley1,31578.2
Dudley1,22954.7
Bromley1,21649.8
Walsall1,18769.6
Croydon1,16161.1
Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster1,13852.5
Barnet 1,10948.0
Solihull1,10569.1
Hillingdon1,06966.7
Herefordshire83254.2
Isle of Wight79753.1
Brent and Harrow62123.8

Source:

Quarterly returns at Quarter 4 2000–01


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