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Mr. Connarty: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will set out the process by which the Government will determine whether to make recombinant available to all people with haemophilia; if he will outline the considerations being taken into account in coming to this decision; and if he will indicate when he expects this process to be complete. 
Yvette Cooper: The Government is considering whether to make recombinant clotting factors available to all haemophiliacs in England taking full account of representations made by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Haemophilia, the Haemophilia Society, the United Kingdom Haemophilia Centre Doctors Organisation and others. A decision will be taken later this year.
Ms Blears: The Commission for Health Improvement (CHI) plays a central role in our plans to drive up the quality of care in the national health service. CHI assess systems and processes through clinical governance reviews and comment on where and when they think the potential to deliver good care is compromised.
Under the Registered Homes Act 1984, which was in force until 31 March 2002, health authorities carried out biannual inspections of the facilities, equipment and staffing levels in private hospitals, but had no powers to assess standards of medical or nursing care.
On 1 April this year, under the Care Standards Act 2000, the National Care Standards Commission took over the role of registering and inspecting independent health care providers, who for the first time are required to meet national minimum standards, including those for medical and nursing care. The commission is required to provide
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information about independent health care services to the Secretary of State for Health and to the public, but as it has been operating only since 1 April, it has not yet had time to gather this information.
We have announced our intention to establish a new tough independent healthcare regulator/inspectorate, the Commission for Healthcare Audit and Inspection which will have responsibility for inspecting both public and private health care sectors.
Lembit Öpik: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans his Department has to increase the availability of occupational therapists to health authorities in England and Wales; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Hutton: The NHS plan sets out our intention to increase numbers of staff across the healthcare professions. The targets for increasing the size of the workforce include 6,500 more therapists and other health professionals by 2004 over the 1999 baseline. Occupational therapists are included in this target and
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there are 1,250 more working in the national health service now than there were in 1999. "Delivering the NHS Plan", published in April 2002, sets out the expected increase in the workforce. It is expected that there will be 30,000 more therapists and scientists (including occupational therapists) between now and 2008.
The NHS plan also sets a target for 4,450 more therapists and other key professional staff entering training each year by 2004. Overall since 199697 the number of places available to train as an occupational therapist has increased by 427 (44 per cent.) This will continue to rise as we make further progress towards achieving the NHS plan target.
Lembit Öpik: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many residents per occupational therapist there are in each health authority in England and Wales; and if he will make a statement; 
|Health authority||Whole-time equivalents||2000 population figures||Residents per occupational therapist||Headcount|
|QA3 Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster||200||415,200||2,030||220|
|QA5 Redbridge and Waltham Forest||110||459,800||4,230||120|
|QAE East Kent||160||607,100||3,710||206|
|QAF West Kent||160||984,100||6,340||180|
|QAG Kingston and Richmond||30||349,600||12,760||30|
|QAH Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham||210||757,000||3,620||240|
|QAJ Merton, Sutton and Wandsworth||260||641,300||2,510||290|
|QAK East Surrey||150||427,400||2,880||180|
|QAL West Surrey||190||651,200||3,410||240|
|QAM East Sussex, Brighton and Hove||180||765,000||4,150||220|
|QAN West Sussex||140||771,600||5,490||170|
|QAP Barking and Havering||60||381,200||5,900||70|
|QAR Brent and Harrow||70||480,300||7,030||80|
|QAT Camden and Islington||150||379,000||2,460||170|
|QAV Ealing, Hammersmith and Hounslow||140||700,400||5,050||160|
|QAW East London and the City||170||642,400||3,740||180|
|QAX North Essex||240||911,500||3,760||290|
|QAY South Essex||160||718,400||4,590||180|
|QC1 South Lancashire||50||312,900||6,480||60|
|QC4 Morecambe Bay||90||313,700||3,660||100|
|QC5 St. Helen's and Knowsley||50||328,100||6,020||60|
|QC6 Salford and Trafford||150||445,200||2,900||170|
|QC9 West Pennine||100||471,300||4,830||110|
|QCH North Derbyshire||100||372,300||3,900||120|
|QCJ Southern Derbyshire||160||574,300||3,620||200|
|QCN North Nottinghamshire||230||388,200||1,720||250|
|QCT Bury and Rochdale||60||392,800||6,090||70|
|QCV North Cheshire||90||314,400||3,560||110|
|QCW South Cheshire||100||680,400||6,790||140|
|QCX East Lancashire||100||512,300||4,890||120|
|QCY North West Lancashire||140||469,800||3,310||170|
|QD1 North and Mid Hampshire||50||574,000||10,910||70|
|QD3 Southampton and South West Hampshire||160||552,800||3,480||200|
|QD6 South and West Devon||170||598,700||3,620||200|
|QDA Wigan and Bolton||150||577,700||3,780||170|
|QDE County Durham and Darlington||90||607,800||7,110||100|
|QDF East Riding and Hull||110||581,700||5,180||130|
|QDG Gateshead and South Tyneside||80||350,500||4,150||100|
|QDJ Newcastle and North Tyneside||140||468,100||3,380||160|
|QDK North Cumbria||70||321,200||4,570||80|
|QDL South Humber||30||304,900||9,860||40|
|QDR North Yorkshire||170||756,700||4,590||210|
|QDT Calderdale and Kirklees||160||587,700||3,580||190|
|QDV Cornwall and Isles of Scilly||110||499,000||4,520||130|
|QDX North and East Devon||160||489,200||3,080||200|
|QEH North Staffordshire||140||464,800||3,380||150|
|QEJ South Staffordshire||90||599,500||6,460||120|
|QEV Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and South East Hampshire||120||681,600||5,480||150|
|QEW Barnet, Enfield and Haringey||200||854,300||4,220||230|
|QEY Bexley, Bromley and Greenwich||100||736,500||7,380||120|
(24) There were no occupational therapists employed in the organisation within Solihull health authority as at 30 September 2001.
1. Figures are round to the nearest 10.
2. Due to rounding totals may not equal the sum of component parts.
3. Residents per occupational therapist is based on wte data.
4. Occupational therapists are also employed by local authorities.
1. Department of Health Non-Medical Workforce Census
2. Office for National Statistics (ONS)
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