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Asked by Joan Ryan
(Enfield North)
Asked on: 10 October 2017
Department of Health
Locums: Greater London
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent by the NHS on locum doctors in each local authority in London in each of the last 12 months.
A
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 18 October 2017

NHS England does not collect centralised data on the average time to fill general practitioner (GP) vacancies, which varies significantly depending on area.

Clinical commissioning groups are currently working on strategies and plans to address recruitment issues which will vary from area to area. These plans will be reflective of the General Practice Forward View and national initiatives to support recruitment and retention.

Information on spending on locum doctors is not held centrally. GPs are independent contractors who have discretion on the number and type of staff they employ in their practices to assist in the delivery of primary medical services.

Grouped Questions: 107022
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Asked by Joan Ryan
(Enfield North)
Asked on: 10 October 2017
Department of Health
General Practitioners: Greater London
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how long on average it has taken to fill a vacant GP post in every (a) local authority and (b) constituency in London in each year since 2010.
A
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 18 October 2017

NHS England does not collect centralised data on the average time to fill general practitioner (GP) vacancies, which varies significantly depending on area.

Clinical commissioning groups are currently working on strategies and plans to address recruitment issues which will vary from area to area. These plans will be reflective of the General Practice Forward View and national initiatives to support recruitment and retention.

Information on spending on locum doctors is not held centrally. GPs are independent contractors who have discretion on the number and type of staff they employ in their practices to assist in the delivery of primary medical services.

Grouped Questions: 107021
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Asked by Joan Ryan
(Enfield North)
Asked on: 10 October 2017
Department of Health
General Practitioners: Enfield
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to increase the number of GPs in Enfield; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 18 October 2017

NHS England, Health Education England (HEE) and the Department have been working together to increase the general practitioner (GP) workforce and support recruitment in areas where this has been identified as a challenge. The General Practice Forward View, published in April 2016, set out investment of an extra £2.4 billion a year by 2020/21 to support and grow general practice services.

At the Royal College of General Practitioners conference on 12 October 2017, my Rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health announced the extension of the Targeted Enhanced Recruitment Scheme which funds a £20,000 salary supplement to attract GP trainees to work in areas of the country where GP training places have been unfilled for a number of years. HEE are currently deciding the allocation of up to a further 200 training places for 2018.

In addition to the national campaigns to increase the number of GPs, Enfield Clinical Commissioning Group is undertaking specific work to increase GP numbers within their area by working with NHS London and North Central London recruitment initiatives and continuing with its well established Vocational Training Scheme to train GPs locally and retain them in local practices.

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Asked by Joan Ryan
(Enfield North)
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Registered Interest

Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.

[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 13 October 2017
Department for International Development
Palestinians: Overseas Aid
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the memorandum of understanding between the Palestinian Authority and her Department, what discussions her Department has had with the Palestinian Authority on its funding for summer camps in which children performed mock stabbing attacks.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 18 October 2017

Our partnership with the Palestinian Authority includes a commitment from the Palestinian leadership to adhere to the principle of non-violence and to tackle language and avoid actions that could incite violence or hatred. The UK continues to urge the Palestinian leadership to uphold this principle. I raised the issue of incitement with senior Palestinian counterparts during my recent visit.

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Asked by Joan Ryan
(Enfield North)
Asked on: 18 October 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
Local Government Finance: Greater London
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to review the local government funding settlement in order to ensure parity of funding per head of population between London boroughs.
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Asked by Joan Ryan
(Enfield North)
Asked on: 18 October 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
Local Government Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to review the criteria for the local government funding settlement to ensure that it includes (a) up to date information on population growth and (b) levels of deprivation in each local authority area.
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Asked by Joan Ryan
(Enfield North)
Asked on: 18 October 2017
Department of Health
Health Services: Per Capita Costs
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of (a) total and (b) per capita spending on (i) health and (ii) mental health is spent in the London Borough of Enfield; and where Enfield is ranked in (A) London and (B) England.
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Asked by Joan Ryan
(Enfield North)
[R]
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Registered Interest

Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.

[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 18 October 2017
Department for International Development
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what financial support her Department has provided towards the construction and redevelopment of schools in the West Bank and Gaza since 2010.
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Asked by Joan Ryan
(Enfield North)
[R]
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Registered Interest

Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.

[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 18 October 2017
Department for International Development
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the Memorandum of Understanding between her Department and the Palestinian Authority (PA), signed in 2014, what discussions her Department has had with the PA on the use of funding provided under that Memorandum for the distribution of diaries which include pictures of Abu Jihad and Salah Khalaf by the Fatah youth movement at schools.
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Asked by Joan Ryan
(Enfield North)
[R]
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Registered Interest

Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.

[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 18 October 2017
Department for International Development
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the Memorandum of Understanding between her Department and the Palestinian Authority (PA), signed in 2014, what discussions her Department has had with the PA on the use of funding provided under that Memorandum for payments made to the family of Nimr Mahmoud Ahmed Al-Jamal.
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Asked by Joan Ryan
(Enfield North)
[R]
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Registered Interest

Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.

[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 18 October 2017
Department for International Development
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the Memorandum of Understanding between her Department and the Palestinian Authority (PA), signed in 2014, what discussions her Department has had with the PA on the use of funding provided under that Memorandum for the publication of the official PA daily newspaper Al-Hayat Al-Jadida.
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Asked by Joan Ryan
(Enfield North)
[R]
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Registered Interest

Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.

[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 18 October 2017
Department for International Development
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 11 October 2017 to Question 105565, on Palestinians: schools, which international reports on the Palestinian Authority curriculum grades 1-4 her Department consulted when assessing the findings and recommendations of the IMPACT-se report on Palestinian Elementary School Curriculum 2016-17, published in April 2017.
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Asked by Joan Ryan
(Enfield North)
Asked on: 06 October 2017
Department of Health
North Middlesex University Hospital Nhs Trust: Health Professions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) doctors, (b) midwives and (c) nurses and health visitors were employed by the North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust in each year between 2014 and 2017.
A
Answered by: Mr Philip Dunne
Answered on: 16 October 2017

NHS Digital publishes workforce statistics and the following table shows the number of full time equivalent Hospital and Community Health Service Doctors, Midwives and Nurses and Health Visitors employed by North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust at 30 September 2014 to 2016. Data for June 2017 is also provided as this is the latest available.

NHS Hospital and Community Health Services (HCHS): Doctors, Midwives and Nurses and health visitors in North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust as at 30 September each specified year and 30 June 2017.

Full-time equivalent

September 2014

September 2015

September 2016

June 2017

HCHS Doctors

467

458

470

487

Midwives

147

148

162

128

Nurses and health visitors

780

851

842

938

Source: NHS Digital, Provisional NHS HCHS monthly workforce statistics.

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Asked by Joan Ryan
(Enfield North)
Asked on: 06 October 2017
Department of Health
Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust: Health Professions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) doctors, (b) midwives and (c) nurses and health visitors were employed by the Royal Free London NHS Trust in each year between 2014 and 2017.
A
Answered by: Mr Philip Dunne
Answered on: 16 October 2017

NHS Digital publishes workforce statistics and the following table shows the number of full time equivalent Hospital and Community Health Service Doctors, Midwives and Nurses and Health Visitors employed by Royal Free London NHS Trust at 30 September 2014 to 2016. Data for June 2017 is also provided as this is the latest available.

NHS Hospital and Community Health Services (HCHS): Doctors, Midwives and Nurses and health visitors in Royal Free London NHS Trust as at 30 September each specified year and 31 June 2017.

Full-time Equivalent

September 2014

September 2015

September 2016

June 2017

HCHS Doctors

1,417

1,445

1,462

1,435

Midwives

256

262

281

275

Nurses and health visitors

2,346

2,285

2,281

2,330

Source: NHS Digital, Provisional NHS HCHS monthly workforce statistics.

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Asked by Joan Ryan
(Enfield North)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 16 October 2017
Department for Education
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of those eligible for free school meals in (a) Enfield North constituency, (b) London and (c) the UK took up free school meals in each of the last seven years.
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Asked by Joan Ryan
(Enfield North)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 16 October 2017
Department for Education
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of children in (a) Enfield North constituency, (b) London and (c) the UK were eligible for free school meals in each year since 2010.
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Asked by Joan Ryan
(Enfield North)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 16 October 2017
Department for Education
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the average class size was in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in (i) Enfield North constituency, (ii) London and (iii) the UK in each of then last seven years.
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Asked by Joan Ryan
(Enfield North)
Asked on: 16 October 2017
Department of Health
General Practitioners: Greater London
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent estimate he has made of the GP to patient ratio for (a) Enfield Clinical Commissioning Group and (b) other clinical commissioning groups in London; and if he will make an assessment of the adequacy of those GP to patient ratios.
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Asked by Joan Ryan
(Enfield North)
[R]
Close

Registered Interest

Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.

[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 06 October 2017
Department for International Development
Palestinians: Schools
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 13 September 2017 to Question 8642, on Palestinians: schools, what criteria her Department applied in its assessment of the findings and recommendations of the IMPACT-se report on the Palestinian Elementary School Curriculum 2016-17, published in April 2017.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 11 October 2017

When assessing the findings and recommendations of this report, the Department for International Development considered: the impartiality of the organisation writing the report; the research methods used and; the existence of clear evidence to support the conclusions in the report. DFID also cross-checked the findings with other international reports to assess whether the evidence, and resulting conclusions, were comparable. Where findings differed from other organisations we assessed whether this was based on credible evidence.

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Asked by Joan Ryan
(Enfield North)
[R]
Close

Registered Interest

Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.

[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 06 October 2017
Department for International Development
Palestinians: Cybercrime
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the Memorandum of Understanding between her Department and the Palestinian Authority (PA), what discussions she has had with the PA on the Electronic Crimes Law adopted in July 2017.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 11 October 2017

Our partnership with the Palestinian Authority (PA) includes a commitment from the Palestinian leadership to respect human rights and other international obligations. The UK raised our concerns about the Electronic Crimes Law with the PA on 27 September and we are continuing to discuss this with the PA.

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