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Mid-Essex Hospital Service NHS Trust

Mr. Burns: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish the most recent figures for the number of people waiting for in patient treatment in the Mid-Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust Area. [143110]

Mr. Denham: In October 2000, there were 9,375 patients waiting for inpatient treatment at Mid-Essex Hospital Services National Health Service Trust.



Overseas Nurses

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will provide a support package to help overseas nurses taking up positions in the NHS; and if he will estimate the cost (a) in total and (b) per overseas nurse of such a package. [143575]

Mr. Denham: The National Health Service Executive issued guidance on international recruitment to the service in November last year. The guidance gives NHS employers clear and authoritative policy on the pursuit of international recruitment, including the provision of support for new recruits. Copies are available in the Library.

NHS Continuing Care

Mr. Chidgey: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans his Department has to ensure that health authorities whose eligibility criteria for NHS continuing care fail to meet the requirements of Health Service Circular HSC 1999/180 (or as amended) act to comply with these requirements; [143358]

Mr. Hutton: Health authorities were instructed to satisfy themselves that their eligibility criteria were in line with the Court of Appeal judgment in the case of R. v. North and East Devon Health authority ex parte Coughlan and other guidance, taking legal advice as necessary. Where health authorities revised their criteria, they were requested to consider what action needed to be taken to reassess service users against the revised criteria. The regional office of the National Health Service Executive contacted health authorities to confirm they had taken this action.

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Mr. Chidgey: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the Regional Authority of the NHS Executive last discussed the compliance of the eligibility criteria of the Southampton and South West Hampshire Health Authority for NHS continuing care with the requirements of Health Service Circular HSC 1999/180 (or as amended); and if he will make a statement. [143359]

Mr. Hutton: The South East Regional Office of the National Health Service Executive is in regular contact with Southampton and South West Hampshire health authority about NHS continuing care. The health authority assessed their eligibility criteria in light of the Coughlan judgment and was satisfied these were in keeping with the advice in the circular issued following the judgment. The health authority and social services are working together to deliver effective continuing care services.

Mr. Chidgey: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when Health Service Circular HSC 1999/180 was last updated; and what changes have been made to it since 11 August 1999. [143362]

Mr. Hutton: This circular has not been updated or changed since 11 August 1999.

Mr. Chidgey: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when health authorities were last contacted by the Regional Officer of the NHS Executive to confirm that they had taken action as required by Health Service Circular HSC 1999/180 (as amended). [143363]

Mr. Hutton: This activity is part of the regular performance management of health authorities by the eight regional offices of the National Health Service Executive.

Locum Allowance

Mr. Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will provide the analysis of general medical service non-cash limited expenditure for locum allowance in England 1999-2000. [143182]

Mr. Denham: The general medical services non-cash limited expenditure for directly reimbursed locum allowances for 1999-2000 for England is shown in the table.

For 2001-02 we have accepted the Doctors and Dentists Review Body's recommendation, which means the maximum weekly directly reimbursed locum allowance should increase by 67 per cent.

General medical services non-discretionary expenditure for locum costs for 1999-2000

£
Locum allowanceEngland total
Single handed rural Gps attending training courses831,539
Sickness4,057,199
Confinement2,737,848
Prolonged study leave (including educational allowance)1,845,548

Note:

The data provided in this table are provisional un-audited accounts data for 1999-2000


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Nurses

Mr. Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nurses have (a) joined and (b) left the nursing profession in the NHS in each of the last 10 years. [143565]

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Mr. Denham: The Department does not collect data on the number of nurses leaving the NHS. The table gives net changes in the number of nurses employed in the NHS over the last 10 years.

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NHS hospital and community health service nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff by qualification (excluding agency staff and project 2000 students) in England as at 30 September each year

Whole-time equivalents Numbers (headcount)
Total staffQualifiedGMS practice nursesTotal staffQualifiedGMS practice nurses
1990250,000242,3407,740298,970285,36013,610
1991252,030243,2508,780309,780293,77016,010
1992255,690246,5709,120313,980297,35016,640
1993251,450241,8509,600310,900293,38017,520
1994247,880238,7809,100305,780289,28016,500
1995256,560246,8209,740316,890298,65018,240
1996257,890248,0709,820319,150301,25017,900
1997256,090246,01010,080318,860300,47018,390
1998257,600247,24010,360323,450304,56018,890
1999261,340250,65010,690329,390310,14019,250

Notes:

1. 1990-94: based on payscale estimates.

2. 1995-99: based on new occupation codes.

3. A new classification of the non-medical workforce was introduced in 1995.

4. Information based on this classification is not directly comparable with earlier years.

5. All figures are rounded to the nearest ten.

6. Due to rounding totals may not equal the sum of component parts.

7. Figures exclude learners and agency staff.

8. GMS Practice nurse data as at 1 October each year.

Sources:

Department of Health Non-Medical Workforce Census

General Medical Practitioners Census


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HOUSE OF COMMONS

Family Friendly Policies

46. Caroline Flint: To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what support he plans to give to improve family friendly policies and facilities in the House. [141612]

Mr. Kirkwood: Much has already been done. The recent changes to sitting hours will help those hon. Members who are also parents.

I understand that the Administration Committee is considering ways of helping hon. Members with their child care responsibilities.

Nursery Provision

49. Mr. Corbyn: To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what plans he has to make provision for an on-site nursery in the Palace of Westminster. [141615]

Mr. Kirkwood: None at present. Evidence to the Commission suggests that staff for whom it is responsible are very satisfied with the existing childcare voucher scheme.

Security

52. Mr. Dismore: To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what plans he has to review the security arrangements in the Palace of Westminster. [141618]

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Mr. Kirkwood: It has been the long-standing practice not to comment on matters of security within the Palace of Westminster. I can assure the hon. Member that security matters are regularly reviewed.


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