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Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 12 February 2004, Official Report, column 1684W, on the Cancer Patients Survey, when he expects to publish the analysis. 
Mr. Hutton: We are investing in future growth in the medical workforce by increasing both medical school places and specialist registrar training places. We have already exceeded the autumn 2005 England medical school intake target of 5,894, two years early. In autumn 2003, intake was 6,030 compared with 3,749 in autumn 1997 and as at 30 September 2003, there were 14,619 specialist registrars working in the national health service, an increase of 2,709 since September 1997.
A range of national recruitment initiatives is in place to support doctors looking for consultant vacancies most suited to them. A new website at: www.doh.gov.uk/consultantjobs hosts thousands of consultant vacancies in England for domestic specialist registrars as well as potential international consultant recruits. Similarly, the national roll-out of e-recruitment, an online recruitment service for the NHS, will allow doctors to search and apply for consultant vacancies on one website. This new service at: www.nhs.uk/jobs will streamline and modernise the process of recruitment of all NHS staff. In addition, the new consultant entry scheme facilitates the placement of specialist registrars looking for fixed term placements to known consultant vacancies.
Mr. Hutton: Funding for the consultant contract, based on the methodology agreed with the British Medical Association during the negotiations, was allocated to primary care trusts in full in December 2002 as part of main allocations. For 200304, additional funding worth 0.3 per cent. of allocations was allocated to primary care trusts for the implementation of the new consultant contract. We have given clear guidance to the National Health Service about how to manage costs within the financial envelope and how to manage funding flows, but decisions on how to spend this funding are made locally.
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 24 March 2004, Official Report, columns 91415W, on continuing NHS care, what information will be available centrally when the review is completed on (a) the number of people who should have been eligible for continuing NHS care who had been excluded and (b) the cost of reimbursing those people. 
Dr. Ladyman: In due course, the Department expects information to be available centrally on the number of people granted recompense for being wrongly denied fully funded National Health Service continuing care and the aggregate cost of that recompense.
Sir Michael Spicer: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when a response will be sent to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire to the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Lord Warner, on 23 March. 
Miss Melanie Johnson:
The Commission for Healthcare Audit and Inspection has included two performance indicators relating to drug action teams
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(and drug and alcohol action teams) in their performance rating assessment of national health service primary care trusts in England in 200304. They are:
drug misuse treatmentincrease in drug misusers accessing treatment; and
drug misuse shared carepercentage of general practitioner practices in a shared care scheme for problematic drug misusers.
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the public dividend capital was at 31 March of those NHS trusts becoming NHS foundation trusts on 1 April; whether in each case this is the initial public dividend capital of those foundation trusts; and what requests he has received for the issuing of additional public dividend capital to those foundation trusts under section 11 of the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Act 2003. 
Mr. Hutton [holding answer 19 April 2004]: The amount of public dividend capital (PDC) outstanding on 31 March 2004 at each of the national health service trusts that became NHS foundation trusts on 1 April 2004 is shown in the table. The information is taken from the Department's records. The amount of PDC shown in the annual accounts of these trusts is subject to audit and may differ for technical accounting reasons. The initial PDC of a NHS foundation trust is the same as the closing PDC of the predecessor NHS trust.
|NHS foundation trust||Amount of PDC outstanding at 31 March 2004|
|Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals||68,379|
|Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals||50,878|
|Moorfields Eye Hospital||27,810|
|Homerton University Hospital||77,160|
|The Royal Marsden||46,257|
|Bradford Teaching Hospitals||103,245|
|Countess Of Chester Hospital||45,123|
|Royal Devon and Exeter||124,159|
|Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals||113,495|
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the maintenance backlog cost of general practitioner surgeries in the NHS in (a) England, (b) each strategic health authority and (c) each primary care trust in each year since 1997. 
There are some 10,500 general practitioner surgeries in England, of which 85 per cent. are either owner-occupied or rented by GPs, who are responsible for maintenance of their premises. The information requested is not held centrally and cannot be obtained without disproportionate cost.
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