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Mr. Luff: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many candidates (a) applied and (b) were interviewed for (i) the chairmanship and (ii) the post of chief executive of the new west midlands, south strategic health authority. 
91 individuals applied in response to the advertisement to recruit chief executives designate to all strategic health authorities. 52 candidates were interviewed for all posts. Appointments were made to each authority from a shortlist of successful candidates.
Candidates were asked to indicate their preference in their applications in terms of the geographical location they wish to work based on the current NHS regional boundaries. 26 applicants expressed an interest in being a chief executive of a strategic health authority in the west midlands, either exclusively or as a multiple choice. 11 were interviewed.
Mr. Luff: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many candidates (a) applied and (b) were interviewed for the chairmanship of the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust after the resignation of Mr. Harold Musgrove. 
Yvette Cooper: The criteria are set out in the National Health Service Appointments Commission guidance on the appointments process for NHS chairs and non- executives, a copy of which is in the Library. The Appointments Commission will shortly be sending copies of the guidance to all hon. Members.
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Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were treated for food poisoning arising from food prepared and consumed (a) at home and (b) by others outside the home, in each year since 1990. 
Ms Blears: The information requested is not available centrally. The source of illness can generally be determined only when two or more cases are linked (an outbreak). The great majority of cases of food poisoning cannot be linked in this way.
Dr. Stoate: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many health care assistants were employed in (a) acute hospital trusts and (b) primary care trusts in England in each of the last five years; 
We aim to increase recruitment of health care assistants by developing career paths to encourage unqualified staff to work in the national health service across general practice and acute care. Dedicated investment in NVQ training will allow NHS staff to gain transferable skills to recognised national standards and enable more staff to gain qualifications to enter professional training and progress their careers further. In 200102 we expect over 2,000 health care assistants to start nurse training courses.
Investing in staff who do not have a professional qualification supports the goal of increasing career opportunities and qualifications for the support work force, while improving the quality of direct care for patients and freeing up professionals to make better use of their skills.
|Health care assistants and unqualified nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff||134,720||138,600||141,820||146,440||151,550|
|Health care assistants||20,220||21,500||24,630||25,470||27,500|
|Unqualified nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff||114,500||117,110||117,190||120,960||124,060|
|Acute hospital trusts|
|Health care assistants and unqualified nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff||45,150||45,780||40,290||40,290||43,670|
|Health care assistants||10,000||11,130||9,980||10,830||11,300|
|Unqualified nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff||35,150||34,650||30,320||29,460||32,360|
|Health care assistants and unqualified nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff||(29)||(29)||(29)||(29)||500|
|Health care assistants||(29)||(29)||(29)||(29)||40|
|Unqualified nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff||(29)||(29)||(29)||(29)||460|
(28) Unqualified nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff includes unclassifiable staff
(29) Not applicable
1. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.
2. Due to rounding totals may not equal the sum of component parts.
Department of Health Non Medical Workforce Census
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Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is the maximum number of casualties the Isle of Wight ambulance service could cope with in one incident; and what additional resources are required to meet a major incident. 
Each incident is assessed by a duty officer, and if there were insufficient resources available locally to deal with the incident, we would instigate the escalation procedure in our major incident plan. This would involve calling upon the neighbouring ambulance services (Hampshire ambulance national health service) for assistance.
Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average number of attendances is per year in district general hospital accident and emergency departments in (a) England, (b) south-west England and (c) south-east England. 
Mr. Hutton: We currently allocate funding to health authorities, and they allocate funding to primary care trusts, on the basis of the relative needs of their populations. A weighted capitation formula is used to determine each health authority and primary care trust's fair share of available resources, to enable them to commission similar levels of services for populations in equal need.
In future the intention is that allocations will be made direct to primary care trusts. This is subject to the passage of legislation through Parliament. Allocations will continue to be based on the principle of weighted capitation.
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Miss Kirkbride: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the role of Dr. Elizabeth Miller (a) in the designing of safety studies into MMR, (b) in clearing the original UK trial cohort of 10,000 children and (c) in advising his Department on the safety of MMR. 
Yvette Cooper: Dr. Elizabeth Miller is currently head of the Immunisation Division of the Communicable Diseases Surveillance Centre of the Public Health Laboratory Services (PHLS). With PHLS colleagues Dr. Miller has conducted a number of studies designed to investigate possible adverse effects of measles, mumps and rubella vaccines. The results of these studies have been subjected to independent peer review and published as follows:
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children that was carried out in 198788. The results of that study were not used for licensure of MMR vaccine in the United Kingdom. The responsibility for licensure resides with the Medicines Control Agency and is based on the evidence of vaccine safety, efficacy and quality provided by the manufacturer.
The Department would expect the head of the immunisation division to provide advice to the Department on all aspects of immunisation. Dr. Miller would also provide advice to the Department's independent advisory committee, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, and, as required to the Committee on Safety of Medicines.
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