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Mr. Sanders: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much of the proposed funding for diabetes care outlined in the interim Wanless report is earmarked for (a) eye screening and (b) eye complications associated with diabetes and if he will make a statement. [22767R]

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Jacqui Smith: I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave to him on 17 December 2001, Official Report, column 169W.


Mr. Horam: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will increase Government funding for children's hospices. [31309]

Yvette Cooper [holding answer 1 February 2002]: Children's hospices have access to national health service funding, the level of which must be agreed by health authorities and primary care trusts following assessment of local options available to support children with life threatening illnesses, and their families. In addition children's hospices will be eligible to apply for funding from the New Opportunity Fund's children's palliative care grant programme later this year that will make available an additional £48 million for children's paediatric care.

Solihull Hospital

Mr. John Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will repeat the pledge made by the then Health Minister on 3 March 1997 concerning Solihull Hospital and the services to be provided there. [32260]

Yvette Cooper [holding answer 5 February 2002]: Decisions about services at Solihull hospital are a matter first for local consideration. Any proposals for significant changes to services anywhere in the national health service require formal consultation, and where local agreement is not reached, matters are referred to Ministers. No such proposals for consultation have been received for Solihull hospital.

Residential Care (Elderly)

Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with Lancashire county council concerning the impact on the NHS of its proposals to reduce the numbers of residential homes for the elderly. [34570]

Jacqui Smith: The Social Services Inspectorate is following closely the work that Lancashire county council is undertaking to assess its current care provision, in particular the consultation with the national health service, local people and other interested parties about future strategies.

Pesticide Residues

Joan Ruddock: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what advice is given by his Department to pregnant women about reducing their exposure to pesticide residues in food. [36087]

Yvette Cooper: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State is advised on the issue of pesticides by the Food Standards Agency (FSA). The FSA has provided the following reply in consultation with the Pesticides Safety Directorate (an executive agency of the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)).

When considering the approval of a pesticide the independent Advisory Committee on Pesticides refers to a large dossier of information and studies carried out on

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the pesticide. The dossier has information on toxicology of the pesticide, including specific studies to address the reproductive toxicity of the pesticide and crop residues data. Only those pesticides which demonstrate an acceptable risk to all groups of consumers (including pregnant women) can be approved.

The findings from the 2000 pesticide residues monitoring programme indicates that standards are being maintained at levels that the FSA believes provide a high level of consumer protection and confidence.

Thus, the FSA believes it is not necessary to issue specific advice to pregnant women on this issue as the regulatory process fully takes the risks to this consumer group into consideration.

Diarrhetic Shellfish Poisoning

Mr. Caton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health at what locations in the UK cockles have tested positive for diarrhetic shellfish poisoning when other shellfish have tested negative. [37096]

Yvette Cooper: There have been six locations where cockles have tested positive for diarrhetic shellfish poisoning while other shellfish sampled on the same day have tested negative. These are the Thames Estuary, the Wash, Whitstable, the Menai Straight, the Burry Inlet and Strangford Lough.

Mr. Caton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the highly toxic form of diarrhetic shellfish poisoning affecting cockles, which does not show the normally typical presence of okadaic acid, was first discovered by the FSA; at what locations; and what research has been commissioned into its causes. [37097]

Yvette Cooper: The Food Standards Agency became aware of the unusual aspects of the diarrhetic shellfish poisoning tests in cockles in October 2001. This has been seen in samples taken from the Burry Inlet, Anglesey, the Thames Estuary, the Wash and Strangford Lough. Initial investigations into the cause of the toxicity have been undertaken as part of the agency's on-going programmes of research and surveillance on shellfish toxins. The results of these investigations have been used to produce a structured plan of research on this toxicity, which will begin at the start of March.

Non-EU Nurse Training

Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list (a) the countries outside the EU where nurses trained, who registered with UKCC in each of the last four years and (b) the number from each such country. [37376]

Mr. Hutton: The information requested for the last three years where the data have been published is in the table.

Entrants to the UKCC register

Year to 31 March 1998
New Zealand472
West Indies93
Year to 31 March 1999
New Zealand527
West Indies237
Year to 31 March 2000
New Zealand461
West Indies425


Statistical Analysis of the UKCC Professional Register

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The data published for the year to 31 March 1997 do not list the countries where entrants from overseas trained but does show that there were 2,633 overseas entrants.

Community Nursing

Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS hospital and community health services, nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff there were within the community nursing areas of work broken down by qualification and region on (a) 30 September 1996, (b) 30 September 1997, (c) 30 September 1998 and (d) 30 September 1999. [37381]

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

NHS hospital and community health service (HCHS) and practice nurses: nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff employed in the community areas of work by region and grade in England as at 30 September each year

EnglandNorthern and YorkshireTrentAnglia and OxfordNorth ThamesSouth ThamesSouth and WestWest MidlandsNorth WestOthers
Total nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff91,26011,8609,3309,71012,95013,80011,3509,34012,92010
Total qualified75,2809,6107,6107,92010,64011,3409,7907,93010,45010
Registered sick children's nurse530604070301603090500
Health Visitor12,3501,6401,2401,3201,6001,8301,5901,2801,8600
District Nurse14,2501,8601,3801,5401,8002,0401,8401,5402,2500
Other 1st level25,8203,1402,8302,4804,1604,0402,9602,6703,54010
Other 2nd level3,4305803203303206005101905900
Practice Nurse17,9002,1601,7202,0802,5802,5002,7002,0802,0900
Total unqualified15,9802,2501,7201,8002,3102,4601,5601,4102,4700
Nursery nurse42080803030204070700
Nurse assistant/auxiliary15,5702,1701,6401,7602,2802,4401,5201,3402,4000


EnglandNorthern and YorkshireTrentWest MidlandsNorth WestEasternLondonSouth EastSouth WestSHAs and Others
Total nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff94,11012,1309,69010,37013,2509,84014,03016,1308,660*
Total qualified77,2509,7908,0308,55010,6507,80011,78013,2707,360*
Registered sick children's nurse780406020080*170200200
Health Visitor12,4101,5601,3201,3001,8401,1501,8802,1701,2000
District Nurse14,1501,7001,3101,8602,2601,4502,0402,3001,2200
Other 1st level27,3903,6303,1602,6203,7502,6504,4904,6702,4200
Other 2nd level3,130510280210490280460440470*
Practice Nurse18,3902,1901,8302,2802,1102,1502,5603,3301,9400
Total unqualified16,8602,3401,6601,8202,6002,0402,2602,8601,3000
Nursery nurse5101009010070602030400
Nurse assistant/auxiliary16,3502,2401,5701,7202,5201,9802,2402,8201,2500


EnglandNorthern and YorkshireTrentWest MidlandsNorth WestEasternLondonSouth EastSouth WestSHAs and others
Total nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff98,35013,07010,14011,40013,86010,13014,38016,4108,960*
Total qualified80,11010,4208,4409,10011,0408,17012,09013,2807,570*
Registered sick children's nurse76040202408010140220100
Health Visitor12,5701,5601,3201,3501,8501,1901,9602,1201,2000
District Nurse14,2601,9401,3801,8002,2501,4201,9102,4001,1700
Other 1st level29,6103,8103,2903,1604,1002,9904,5804,8902,780*
Other 2nd level2,9705202202304602904503904100
Practice nurse18,8902,3702,1002,2302,1802,1602,8303,1101,9100
Total unqualified18,2402,6501,7002,3002,8201,9602,3003,1401,3800
Nursery nurse63090140120100802040500
Nursing assistant/auxiliary17,6102,5501,5702,1702,7201,8802,2803,1001,3300

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EnglandNorthern and YorkshireTrentWest MidlandsNorth WestEasternLondonSouth EastSouth WestSHAs and others
Total nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff101,81013,09010,19011,84014,86010,23014,95017,7308,910*
Total qualified82,58010,5608,5009,31011,6308,15012,67014,0307,730*
Registered sick children's nurse5304050701201080150*0
Health Visitor12,8001,5801,3601,4201,8401,1402,0502,2201,1900
District Nurse14,2601,7101,2101,9202,1801,3602,2502,4501,1800
Other 1st level31,4804,0603,5703,4904,5303,0404,7105,1002,970*
Other 2nd level3,0005702202204202306103403800
Practice nurse19,5002,4302,0202,1102,4102,2302,7803,5901,9300
Total unqualified19,2302,5301,7002,5303,2302,0802,2803,7001,1800
Nursery nurse740901401401201003050600
Nursing assistant/auxiliary18,4902,4401,5602,3903,1201,9702,2503,6501,1200


Figures are rounded to the nearest 10

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

Figures exclude learners and agency staff

1996 Practice nurse data collected as at 30 October and 1997 to 1997 Practice nurse data collected as at 1 October

Due to the new regional office boundaries in 1999 the 1997 and 1998 figures are estimated regional splits

The community areas of work that we can separately identify are community psychiatry, community learning disabilities and community services

* five or less and greater than zero


Department of Health Non-Medical Workforce Census

Department of Health General and Personal Medical Services Statistics

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