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Criminal Record Bureau

Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff have been employed in care homes before the Criminal Record Bureau checks have been completed; and if he will make a statement. [75572]

Jacqui Smith: [holding answer 23 October 2002]: This information is not collected by the Department or by the National Care Standards Commission (NCSC), which is responsible for registering and inspecting all care homes in England.

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A new recruit's employment in a care home cannot be made permanent until satisfactory Criminal Record Bureau (CRB) checks have been completed. However, the NCSC is sympathetic to problems caused for providers by delays at the CRB in processing checks on new members of staff and it has published guidance to care home providers. The intention of the guidance is to enable providers to employ new members of staff before the completion of CRB checks provided the new recruit has applied for a CRB disclosure; that other checks into their background have been satisfactorily completed; and they are assigned to and supervised by, an established member of staff, pending satisfactory completion of the CRB check.

Adoption

Miss Widdecombe: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many married couples seeking to adopt children (a) have not yet been assessed for suitability and (b) have been assessed as suitable, but have not yet adopted a child. [76693]

Jacqui Smith: The information requested is not collected centrally.

Correspondence

Mr. Wilshire: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the hon. Member for Spelthorne will receive a reply to his inquiries of the Ashford and St. Peter's Hospitals NHS Trust of 5 March on behalf of Mr. T Dartnell, a constituent, about his late wife. [74803]

Mr. Lammy [holding answer 15 October 2002]: The Department has no record of receiving this correspondence. The Department's Ministerial Correspondence Unit has requested a duplicate.

General Practitioners

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many former GPs have applied for the #10,000 welcome back initiative. [75564]

Mr. Hutton [holding answer 21 October 2002]: It was announced on 24 September 2002 that the National Health Service general practitioner Golden Hello scheme would be extended to GPs returning to general practice. Details of how the scheme will be extended are currently being discussed with the profession. We expect to be able to launch the scheme this autumn, subject to the conclusion of these discussions. Payments will be backdated to 24 September.

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many GP surgeries in England and Wales have (a) opened and (b) closed in each of the last five years. [75523]

Mr. Hutton [holding answer 21 October 2002]: The information requested for England is not collected centrally. Questions relating to Wales are now matters for the devolved administration.

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Primary Care Trusts

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the chief executives and chairmen of PCT's in England and Wales, and their respective remuneration. [75515]

Mr. Hutton: Information on the salaries of individual primary care trust chief executives is not available centrally.

PCTs are required to disclose in their published accounts details of the remuneration of senior managers including the chief executive. Individuals may decline to give their consent to have this information published relying on the Data Protection Act 1998. In this case their decision to withhold the information should be disclosed in the published accounts.

Salaries of primary care trust chief executives range from #78,625 to #107,500, however, in exceptional cases the figures paid may be lower or higher. A copy of the framework used to determine the salaries for primary care trust chief executives in 2002/2003 has been placed in the Library.

The remuneration of chairs of primary care trusts in England is determined centrally. Chairs are paid at one of three levels—Band 1—#20,420; Band 2—#18,154; Band 3—#16,017. Details of the bandings for 2002–2003 have been placed in the Library.

A list of primary care trust chief executives and chairs will be placed in the Library.

Information in respect of health bodies in Wales should be sought from the National Assembly for Wales.

Overseas Nurses

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many calls the NHS Overseas Nurses Advice Line has received since it was established. [75562]

Mr. Hutton [holding answer 21 October 2002]: Since the NHS overseas nurses' advice line was established it has received 13 calls requesting advice.

Adrenoleukodystrophy

Mr. MacDougall: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people in England who have been diagnosed as having the adrenoleukodystrophy gene are being treated with Lorenzo's oil; [76032]

Jacqui Smith [holding answers 21 October 2002]: The information requested is not collected centrally.

Working Time Directive

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is undertaking to ensure that the Working Time Directive is implemented for all NHS and social care staff. [75710]

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Mr. Hutton [holding answer 22 October 2002]: The European Working Time Directive (EWTD) currently applies to all health and social care staff, with the exception of doctors in training.

The Department issued guidance in Health Service Circular 1998/204, Working Time Regulations—Implementation in the NHS. It is for local National Health Service employers, within the guidelines issued by the Department, to conform to the legislation as an individual employer. In relation to the social care workforce, individual employers in the statutory, private and voluntary sectors are also required to conform to current legislation, assuming their responsibility as the employer.

Doctors in training will come under the EWTD from August 2004, which will be introduced in stages with an initial maximum requirement of 58 hours reducing to 48 by 2009. The Department will be issuing guidance on implementation this autumn and is working with stakeholders including the medical Royal Colleges, British Medical Association, NHS Confederation and the service to ensure that effective solutions are developed. The Department is also funding a programme of pilot projects based in NHS trusts to develop and test innovative solutions to EWTD implementation. Full details of the pilot programme will be announced when the guidance is issued.

Health and Social Care Act

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many re-assessments of entitlement to free continuing care his Department predicts as a result of implementation of section 49 of the Health and Social Care Act 2001 regarding the effect on entitlement to free continuing care; [76212]

Jacqui Smith [holding answers 22 October 2002]: The implementation of section 49 of the Health and Social Care Act 2001 relates to National Health Service funded nursing care, not free continuing care. The guidance states that patients should have their need for registered nursing care reviewed and re-assessed three months after their placement in a nursing home; at least annually thereafter, or when there is a significant change in their condition. Entitlement to local NHS continuing health care criteria is the first consideration in any assessment by NHS nurses. I have received several representations in relation to the implementation of section 49.

Cumbria and Lancashire Strategic Health

Authority

Mr. Jack: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the Lancashire and South Cumbria Strategic Health Authority received details of the proposed further distribution of additional CT scanners for their area of responsibility. [75983]

Jacqui Smith [holding answer 22 October 2002]: Officials in the Department wrote to the chief executives

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of the strategic health authorities on 2 September 2002, requesting details of priority candidates for the proposed allocations of additional commuted tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging

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(MRI) scanners. The chief executive of the Cumbria and Lancashire Strategic Health Authority was included in this exercise together with all of the relevant leads from the cancer networks.