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Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the number of doctors per head of population in (a) the United Kingdom and (b) each other European Union country; and if he will make a statement; 
The comparative information about the number of doctors in the United Kingdom and the European Union is published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and the latest figures are shown in the table. However, these figures need to be interpreted with caution because different countries calculate the figures in different ways. If
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comparing United Kingdom data with other countries, we consistently appear near the bottom for doctors per 1,000 head of population, but this is mainly because we count only national health service doctors, whereas most other countries figures include all registered doctors, therefore counting, for example, private sector doctors and doctors who are not actually working.
|Numbers per 1,000 population|
|HCHS medical and dental staff(27)||1.4|
|All qualified nursing(28)||7.1|
|Qualified nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff||6.7|
(26) General medical practitioners includes unrestricted principals, PMS salaried GP's, PMS contracted GP's restricted principals, assistants, GP registrars, salaried doctors (para 52 SFA), PMS and others and GP retainers.
(27) Excludes medical hospital practitioners and medical clinical assistants, most of whom are also general practitioners working part-time in hospitals.
(28) Figures exclude learners and agency staff.
Department of Health Medical and Dental Work Force Census.Department of Health General and Personal Medical Services Statistics.Department of Health Non-medical Work Force Census.Office for National Statistics (ONS).
Population figures are rounded to one decimal point.
Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reason the Health Authorities Preparation of Proposals for Pilot Schemes (Personal Medical Services) (Amendment) Directions 2002 were laid before the House on 21 October. 
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Mr. Hutton: The number of child and adolescent psychiatrists is shown in the following table. The number of consultants in the specialty has increased by 9 per cent., between September 1997 and March 2002.
|All staff||Consultant||All staff||Consultant|
|Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire||40||30||40||30|
|Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire||20||10||20||10|
|Birmingham and The Black Country||50||20||40||20|
|Cheshire and Merseyside||40||30||40||30|
|Country Durham and Tees Valley||10||10||20||10|
|Coventry, Warwickshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire||10||10||10||10|
|Cumbria and Lancashire||20||10||20||10|
|Dorset and Somerset||10||10||10||10|
|Hampshire and Isle of Wight||30||20||30||20|
|Kent and Medway||10||10||20||10|
|Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland||30||20||30||20|
|Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire||40||20||50||30|
|North and East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire||10||10||10||10|
|North Central London||50||30||50||30|
|North East London||30||20||30||20|
|North West London||50||30||40||30|
|Northumberland, Tyne and Wear||20||20||30||20|
|South East London||40||20||40||30|
|Shropshire and Staffordshire||20||10||20||10|
|South East London||40||20||40||30|
|LondonSouth West London||20||10||30||10|
|South West Peninsula||10||10||10||10|
|Surrey and Sussex||30||20||30||20|
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|All staff||Consultant||All staff||Consultant||All staff||Consultant|
|Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire||40||20||40||20||||20|
|Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire||20||10||20||10||||10|
|Birmingham and The Black Country||40||20||40||20||||20|
|Cheshire and Merseyside||40||30||40||20||||20|
|Country Durham and Tees Valley||20||10||20||20||||20|
|Coventry, Warwickshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire||10||10||10||10||||10|
|Cumbria and Lancashire||20||10||20||10||||10|
|Dorset and Somerset||10||10||20||10||||10|
|Hampshire and Isle of Wight||40||20||60||30||||20|
|Kent and Medway||20||10||10||10||||10|
|Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland||20||10||20||10||||10|
|Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire||50||30||60||30||||30|
|North and East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire||10||10||10||10||||10|
|North Central London||40||30||40||30||||30|
|North East London||20||20||40||20||||20|
|North West London||60||30||60||30||||30|
|Northumberland, Tyne and Wear||30||20||20||20||||20|
|Shropshire and Staffordshire||10||10||10||10||||10|
|South East London||40||30||40||30||||30|
|South West London||20||10||20||20||||20|
|South West Peninsula||10||10||10||*||||*|
|Surrey and Sussex||40||20||40||30||||30|
(29) Staff holding appointments in more than one StHA are included separately in each StHA. The sum of StHA totals therefore differs slightly from the England total and a direct comparison is not advised.
(30) Data are at 31 March 2002 and 30 September in previous years.
(31) March 2002 data were a mini census which counted consultants only.
'' denotes not available
'*' denotes five or less than five
Department of health medical and dental workforce census.
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Ms Blears: All the laboratories of the Public Health Laboratory Service (PHLS) are Clinical Pathology Accreditation UK Ltd, accredited. It is envisaged that those PHLS laboratories that will transfer to the National Health Service in the coming months will maintain this accreditation. There is no plan to privatise PHLS laboratories.
Ms Blears: None of the laboratories will be privatised. From 1 April 2003, approximately 35 will transfer from the Public Health Laboratory Service to the management of National Health Service trusts. The remainder, approximately ten, will transfer to the Health Protection Agency when it is established.
Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what co-ordination there will be between public health laboratories; and who will be responsible for checks on them after they are privatised. 
Ms Blears: None of the laboratories will be privatised. The Health Protection Agency will be responsible for monitoring the specialist services across the National Health Service laboratories transferring from the Public Health Laboratory Service, as well as their own laboratories. NHS trusts will be responsible for the routine microbiology services in their own trusts. They will be subject to the same performance monitoring as well by primary care trusts. External accreditation programmes will also remain in place. In time, the laboratories will form part of local pathology managed clinical networks. It is hoped that, until then, informal links will be maintained and strengthened between individual laboratories.
Ms Blears: Under the change management protocol which has been agreed with the current employers and the unions concerned, all staff transferring to the Health Protection Agency on its establishment or to a National Health Service trust will have guaranteed continuity of employment until April 2004.
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Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether the terms and conditions of employment of staff transferred to the proposed Health Protection Agency will be rationalised so that common terms and conditions apply to all staff, regardless of whether they came from the National Radiological Protection Board or the Public Health Laboratory Service; 
(3) what evaluation has been made of the case for abolition of the Public Health Laboratory Service. 
Ms Blears: XHealth Protection: A Consultation Document on creating a health protection agency", published in June 2002, proposed that the agency would take on responsibilities in relation to the control and prevention of infectious disease, including most of the functions of the Public Health Laboratory Service (PHLS), radiological protection, protection against chemical and poisonous hazards and health emergency planning. All PHLS staff would transfer to the agency, other than those in the laboratories which will transfer to the national health service by 31 March 2003, under separate decisions announced on 3 September. We are currently considering responses to the consultation document and will announce our decisions as soon as possible.
The consultation document also proposed that staff would transfer on their existing terms and conditions of service. Future changes would be a matter for the board of the proposed agency to agree with the recognised trades unions.
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