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Alcohol Treatment Centres

Lord Dixon asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Warner: The information requested is not collected centrally.

Dental Services

Lord Colwyn asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Warner: National Health Service primary dental services may be accessed through General Dental Services, Dental Access Centres or through the Community Dental Service. There is no reason why homeless people should not be eligible to receive NHS primary dental care in any of these ways.
 
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Under the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Act 2003, primary care trusts will have new responsibilities to provide or commission primary dental services in their area to meet all reasonable requirements. With this new duty will go the £1.3 billion (2003–04) currently held centrally. In this way PCTs, will be better able to match resources to the local oral health need. The PCTs will be performance managed by their strategic health authority in relation to their dental function, as they are in relation to other statutory functions.

Lord Colwyn asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Warner: We have been making contact with accession states through our embassies. The Minister of State for Health, Mr John Hutton, recently visited Poland, the largest of the accession states, and secured an agreement for a programme of managed recruitment. We are developing plans to take this forward.

Lord Colwyn asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Warner: There are dentists from the accession states who would be interested in coming to work in England. We are exploring these possibilities, but have not at this stage tried to estimate numbers. Poland which is the largest of the accession states has agreed to a programme of managed recruitment. We have had discussion with the General Dental Council to ensure that the processes for dentists from the new accession states wishing to join the GDC register are clear and straightforward.

Lord Colwyn asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Warner: Contracts for "Options for Change" remuneration field sites are based on over five years of successful piloting of Personal Dental Service contracts but will reflect the particular circumstances of these practices and the models they are designed to test out.
 
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The base contract designed for local contracting of dentistry is modelled on the PDS contract and interest in moving to the PDS in advance of the new contract has increased in recent months. We have received and are processing applications to move over 350 dental practices to PDS.

For those dentists who want to change from the General Dental Service item of service system, we will continue to support them to move into PDS arrangements. This option is open to all dentists and currently we have three-month turn-around time from receipt of application to approval.

Human Tissue Bill

Lord Alton of Liverpool asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Warner: Schedule 2 to the Human Tissue Bill states that the Human Tissue Authority will consist of a lay chair, and members appointed by the Secretary of State for Health for limited periods. The membership would comprise people with relevant professional experience, but not less than half will be lay members. The Government believe that in this way the authority will be able to build confidence among both professionals and the public in the donation and use of human tissue. Paragraph 10 of Schedule 2 allows the chair and members of the authority to be paid such remuneration as the Secretary of State may determine. It is standard practice that members of executive bodies receive remuneration for the contribution that they make.

Lord Alton of Liverpool asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Warner: The Human Tissue Bill proposes the creation of a Human Tissue Authority with a remit covering removal, storage, use and disposal of human material. Compliance with relevant codes of practice, licence conditions and directions would be monitored through regular inspections. The Bill proposes the creation of an inspectorate of organs and tissue for human use, with a remit covering transplantation, and an inspectorate of anatomy and pathology, covering other uses of human tissue regulated under the Bill.
 
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This division reflects the different quality and safety issues, and the diverse technical, ethical, and administrative considerations and expertise required in each case.

General Practitioners

Lord Alton of Liverpool asked Her Majesty's Government:

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Lord Warner: Information on the number of headcount and whole time equivalent general practitioners (excluding GP retainers and GP registrars) per 100,000 population in England and Wales each year since 1997 is shown in table 1.

The number of GPs working full time and part time in England and Wales is shown in table 2.
 
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Table 1: General practitioners 1 headcount and whole time equivalent in England and Wales, 1997–2003
Number (Headcount)


1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
NumberNumber per 100,000 populationNumberNumber per 100,000 populationNumberNumber per 100,000 populationNumberNumber per 100,000 populationNumberNumber per 100,000 populationNumberNumber per 100,000 populationNumberNumber per 100,000 population
England GP Headcount28,04657.6728,25157.9028,46758.1128,59358.1628,80258.3229,20258.9230,35861.02
England GP Whole Time Equivalent26,35954.2026,45554.2226,55854.2126,55754.0126,62853.9126,83354.1427,62455.52
Wales GP Headcount1,77961.511,77861.391,79261.851,79561.811,80762.151,80861.941,82262.29
Wales GP Whole
Time Equivalent1,67958.051,67457.801,68558.151,68157.881,68157.831,67957.511,68057.42


Table 2: General practitioners 1 by commitment in England and Wales, 1997–2003


1997199819992000200120022003
England Full Time23,32823,21723,16022,98422,78522,58422,848
England Part Time4,7185,0345,3075,6096,0176,6187,510
Wales Full Time1,4971,4851,4891,4711,4511,4421,419
Wales Part Time282293303324356366403




Notes:

1 GPs excluding GP retainers and GP registrars.


Data as at 1 October 1997–99, 30 September 2000–03.


Source:

Department of Health General and Personal Medical Services Statistics.


2001 ONS Population Census.


2002 ONS Based resident population projections for mid year 2003.







 
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