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NHS Trusts (Borrowing Costs)

Mr. Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much each NHS trust has paid for the cost of borrowing in each year since its inception; and if he will make a statement. [149348]

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Mr. Denham: The information has been placed in the Library.

The vast majority of National Health Services trust borrowing is internal to the public sector.

Ambulance Services

Dr. Harris: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what funding is being made available to Oxfordshire Ambulance NHS Trust and surrounding trusts to facilitate mergers with neighbouring trusts; [151569]

Ms Stuart: No decision has yet been taken about merging ambulance trusts in the south-east.

The ambulance trusts have been reviewing the way in which ambulance services in the south-east are provided to ensure that they are delivered in a way which is consistent with the modernisation of the National Health Service and which ensures they can play a full role in the delivery of emergency and pre-hospital care. Proposals for the future of the service have been produced which will require public consultation. I will be meeting the chairs and chief executives of the ambulance trusts shortly to discuss these proposals.

Dr. Harris: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding will be provided to Oxfordshire Ambulance NHS Trust for paramedic training and the enhancement of skill levels of paramedics. [151570]

Ms Stuart: Funding for paramedic training, both new recruits and refresher training for qualified paramedics, is incorporated in the total budget for providing emergency ambulance services. For 2000-01 the total budget for Oxfordshire Ambulance National Health Service Trust was £10 million.

General Surgery Waiting Lists

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have been waiting for general surgery in (a) England, (b) the Southend, West parliamentary constituency and (c) South Essex health authority area for eight weeks or more in (i) 1999-2000 and (ii) 2000-01. [151254]

Mr. Denham: The information requested is in the tables.

Number of patients on in-patient waiting list for general surgery in England

QuarterTotalLess than 3 monthsMore than 3 months
1999-20001201,533107,25994,274
1999-20002202,349109,92992,420
1999-20003208,965112,08996,876
1999-20004194,010101,19292,818
2000-011191,21698,60592,611
2000-012187,977100,37687,601
2000-013189,203101,52587,678

Source:

KH07 quarterly return


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Number of patients on in-patient waiting list for general surgery in South Essex health authority

QuarterTotalLess than 3 monthsMore than 3 months
1999-200012,0391,115924
1999-200022,075 1,102 973
1999-20003 2,252 1,270 982
1999-20004 2,214 990 1,224
2000-011 2,129 1,029 1,100
2000-012 2,160 1,153 1,007
2000-013 2,391 1,340 1,051

Source:

QF01 quarterly return


Data are not available on the number of people waiting longer than eight weeks. Data are collected in time-bands of three months. The Department does not collect data by parliamentary constituencies, so data has been given on England and South Essex health authority.

Expenditure

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the percentage of gross domestic product that Britain spent on health expenditure was in each year since 1979; and if he will make a statement. [151525]

Mr. Denham [holding answer 27 February 2001]: Table one shows gross National Health Service expenditure for the United Kingdom as a percentage of gross domestic product from 1979-80 to 2003-04. This shows that, based on latest forecasts, public expenditure on health as a percentage of GDP is set to rise to 6.6 per cent. by 2003-04.

The Department does not produce figures for expenditure on private healthcare. According to Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) data, private healthcare represents about 1 per cent. of GDP. Table two shows total healthcare expenditure as a percentage of GDP from 1979-99, using information from OECD. The OECD does not produce forecast data, but assuming that private healthcare spend as a proportion of GDP remains stable at around 1 per cent., then this percentage will rise to 7.6 per cent. by 2003-04.

Table one

YearGross public expenditure as percentage of GDP
1979-804.6
1980-815.3
1981-825.4
1982-835.4
1983-845.3
1984-855.3
1985-865.1
1986-875.1
1987-885.1
1988-895.1
1989-905.0
1990-915.2
1991-925.6
1992-935.9
1993-945.9
1994-955.9
1995-965.8
1996-975.7
1997-985.7
1998-995.7
1999-20005.9
2000-016.1
2001-026.2
2002-036.4
2003-046.6

Notes:

1. Figures are based on UK gross NHS expenditure date and GDP data produced by HMT.

2. Figures for years 1999-2000 to 2003-04 are subject to change.


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Table two

YearTotal healthcare expenditure as a percentage of GDP
19795.3
19805.7
19816.0
19825.8
19836.0
19846.0
19855.9
19865.9
19876.0
19885.9
19895.9
19906.0
19916.4
19926.9
19936.9
19947.0
19957.0
19967.0
19976.7
19986.7
19997.0

Notes:

1. Information is produced by calendar year.

2. OECD does not produce forecast information.

Source:

OECD health databank 2000


Patient Referrals

Mr. Hepburn: To ask the Secretary of State for Health since the publication of the NHS Plan in July 2000, how many health trusts have refused to accept referrals from adjacent primary care groups. [151008]

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Mr. Denham: Details on referrals that are not accepted by National Health Service Trusts are not collected centrally and are a matter for local commissioners and the National Health Service Trust concerned.

Medical Mistakes

Mr. David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will list the adverse events in NHS hospitals involving the use of (a) an anaesthetic and (b) nitrous oxide in (i) 1998, (ii) 1999 and (iii) 2000; [151604]

Ms Stuart [holding answer 27 February 2001]: The information requested is not currently collected centrally.

An expert group, which Ministers asked the Chief Medical Officer to chair, has examined how the National Health Service could more effectively learn from and prevent adverse events in health care. The group's report, "An Organisation with a Memory" was published last year and is available at: www.doh.gov.uk/orgmemreport.

Ministers agreed all 10 recommendations, including the four key categories of serious recurring adverse events initially identified for action. The NHS Plan includes the establishment of a national reporting system for adverse events as a key initiative intended to help protect patients and improve health care.

Detailed proposals are now being developed to establish a national reporting system, which we aim to establish by the end of 2001.

Staff Numbers

Mr. Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) nurses and (b) ancillary workers there were in each year from 1979 to 1997; and if he will make a statement. [151526]

Mr. Denham [holding answer 27 February 2001]: The data requested are in the tables.

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National health service hospital and community health services: Nursing, midwifery, health visiting staff and practice nurses in England as at 30 September each year

Headcount
YearTotal nursing qualified staffTotal HCHSQualified nursesPractice (qualified)UnqualifiedLearnersUnknown
1979(16)--(16)--1,810(16)--(16)--(16)--0
1980(16)--(16)--(16)--1,960(16)--(16)--0
1981(16)--(16)--(16)--2,270(16)--(16)--0
1982450,180253,880251,2402,640117,39078,9100
1983455,400259,360256,3403,020117,06078,9800
1984455,960266,420262,9103,510113,58075,9600
1985462,450275,420271,3804,030115,68071,3500
1986463,640279,230274,6704,560116,11068,3000
1987468,360284,780279,7305,050118,93064,6500
1988470,950290,270283,9206,350117,60063,0800
1989476,340296,940288,1408,800117,11062,2900
1990477,400298,970285,36013,610115,26059,0804,090
1991489,220309,780293,77016,010119,74047,72011,980
1992476,820313,990297,35016,640120,31035,0207,500
1993462,690310,900293,38017,520122,59021,3607,840
1994447,790305,780289,28016,500123,07011,3307,610
1995434,860316,890298,65018,240112,3504,780840
1996436,560319,150301,25017,900113,3302,9101,170
1997438,300318,860300,47018,390116,4302,340670
1998442,780323,450304,56018,890116,5802,140610
1999452,540329,640310,14019,500119,6801,9401,280
2000462,050335,950316,75019,200123,8502,040210

(16) Headcount data not available for these years.

Notes:

Figures are rounded to the nearest ten. Due to rounding totals may not equal the sum of component parts. Figures exclude agency staff. A new classification of the non-medical workforce was introduced in 1995. Information based on this classification is not directly comparable with earlier years. Decrease in learners due to transition from traditional learners to Project 2000 students from 1990.

Source:

Department of Health Non-Medical Workforce Census

Department of Health General and Personal Medical Services Statistics


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NHS hospital and community health services: Staff within the ancillary area of work in England as at 30 September each year

YearHeadcount
1979219,430
1980220,600
1981221,450
1982219,160
1983215,330
1984198,970
1985184,150
1986167,580
1987157,320
1988148,440
1989141,540
1990132,650
1991121,180
1992110,500
1993108,440
1994102,790

Notes:

Figures are rounded to the nearest ten

Source:

Department of Health Non-Medical Workforce Census



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