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GPs

Mr. Francois: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many general practitioners are expected to retire in the next 12 months in (a) the Southend PCT area, (b) the Rochford and Castle Point PCT area and (c) the Maldon and South Chelmsford PCT area; and if he will make a statement. [101935]

Mr. Lammy: The local primary care trusts are aware of this problem and are taking steps to improve the situation.

The information requested is shown in the tables.

Unrestricted Principles and Equivalents (UPEs)(29) by Age Band for Castlepoint and Rochford, Maldon and South Chelmsford and Southend on Sea Primary Care Trusts: As at 31 March 2002
Number (headcount)

Primary Care TrustPCT codeTotal UPEsOf which: Under 3030–3435–3940–4545–49
England total27,9562852,4414,6985,7745,140
Of which:
Castlepoint and Rochford PCT5JP750181414
Maldon and South Chelmsford PCT5GL40023118
Southend on Sea PCT5AK830271116

Numbers (headcount)

Of which:Of which:
Primary Care TrustPCT code50–5455–5960–6465–6970+aged 69
England total4,5253,2811,358454056
Of which:
Castlepoint and Rochford PCT5JP17133501
Maldon and South Chelmsford PCT5GL934000
Southend on Sea PCT5AK21158300

(29) Unrestricted principles and equivalents include GMS unrestricted principles, PMS contracted GPs and PMS salaried GPS.

Source:

Department of Health General and Personal Medical Services Statistics


Unrestricted Principles and Equivalents (UPEs)(30) Leavers by Age Band for Castlepoint and Rochford, Maldon and South Chelmsford and Southend on Sea Primary Care Trusts: October 1999/September 2000 to September 2001/March 2002
Number (headcount)

Primary Care TrustPCT codeTotal UPEsOf which: Under 3030–3435–3940–4545–49
30 September 2001–31 March 2002
England total6874711018146
Of which:
Castlepoint and Rochford PCT5JP000000
Maldon and South Chelmsford PCT5GL200010
Southend on Sea PCT5AK000000
30 September 2000–30 September 2001(31)
England total1,3131112417813793
Of which:
Castlepoint and Rochford PCT5JP300000
Maldon and South Chelmsford PCT5GL
Southend on Sea PCT5AK
31 October 1999–30 September 2000(31)
England total1,09014921498973
Of which:
Castlepoint and Rochford PCT5JP800100
Maldon and South Chelmsford PCT5GL
Southend on Sea PCT5AK

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Number (headcount)

Primary Care TrustPCT code50–5455–5960–6465–6970+
30 September 2001–31 March 2002
England total8813895630
Of which:
Castlepoint and Rochford PCT5JP00000
Maldon and South Chelmsford PCT5GL01000
Southend on Sea PCT5AK00000
30 September 2000–30 September 2001(31)
England total1252702391360
Of which:
Castlepoint and Rochford PCT5JP01110
Maldon and South Chelmsford PCT5GL
Southend on Sea PCT5AK
31 October 1999–30 September 2000(31)
England total1322101961350
Of which:
Castlepoint and Rochford PCT5JP22210
Maldon and South Chelmsford PCT5GL
Southend on Sea PCT5AK

(30) Unrestricted Principles and Equivalents include GMS Unrestricted Principles. PMS Contracted GPs and PMS Salaried GPs.

(31) Data for Maldon and South Chelmsford PCT and Southend on Sea PCT is not available for these years.

Notes:

1. Leavers are calculated by comparing successive censuses.

2. September 2001-March 2002 leavers only refers to a six month comparison and are not directly comparable with 1999–2000 and 2000–01 which are based on a 12 month comparison.

Source:

Department of Health General Personal Medical Services Statistics


Mr. Francois: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many Spanish GPs have (a) signed contracts agreeing to work and (b) commenced work in the Southend PCT area; and if he will make a statement on recent progress in recruitment of Spanish GPs. [101934]

Mr. Hutton: 10 Spanish general practitioners have been appointed into the Southend Primary Care Trust area. Eight contracts have already been signed and a further two are in the process of being signed.

Five GPs will commence at the end of April with the further five starting three months later.

Health Services (Children)

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has provided guidance to PCTs on improving (a) the treatment of enuresis and (b) paediatric continence services. [100419]

Jacqui Smith: The Department has provided grant aid to the enuresis resource and information centre, which produces guidance on paediatric continence services. Common childhood conditions, including enuresis and

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paediatric continence, will be considered under the forthcoming national service framework (NSF) for children, young people and maternity services.

Good Practice in Continence Services was issued by the Department in April 2000 and provides guidance to primary care trusts (PCTs) on continence services. This includes that PCTs should have specialist continence services in place, which provide patients with an individual assessment of their needs. This assessment should include the provision of continence products to any patient who needs them.

Continence also features in the NSF for older people standard two- person centred care. The milestone for achievement of integrated continence service provision is 2004, by which time it is expected that "all local health and social care systems should have established an integrated continence service".

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many non-UK passport holding children are being looked after by Social Services. [100471]

Jacqui Smith: The information requested is not collected centrally.

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Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has discussed with the Chancellor of the Exchequer the mental health needs of children at risk. [100494]

Jacqui Smith: No specific discussions have taken place. However, the Department has made a significant investment in child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) over the last three years, £105 million to 31 March 2003, and is committed to achieving radical improvements in the quality and quantity of CAMHS. Our current public service agreement target provides for an expansion of the service by at least 10 per cent, per year for the next three years, leading to a comprehensive service, able to respond to all children with mental health needs in all areas, by 2006. This development is underpinned by over £250 million of additional funding, including £140 million for local authorities. The children's national service framework will set out the standards and milestones for improvements in CAMHS services for all children, including those at risk.

Laser Eye Surgery

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what further plans he has for regulating laser eye surgery. [99329]

Mr. Lammy: From 1 April 2002, independent health care establishments that provide treatment with Class 3B lasers, except where these are used by or under the supervision of health professionals, and all independent health care establishments that provide treatment with Class 4 lasers have been regulated under the Care Standards Act 2000 by the National Care Standards Commission (NCSC).

Independent providers of all Class 4 laser treatment are required to comply with regulations made under the Act. There are also two sets of national minimum standards: core standards, which apply to all independent health care providers, and service-specific standards for each type of service provided, including laser treatment. In deciding whether an establishment has complied with regulations, the NCSC must take into account whether it meets the national minimum standards.


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