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Fire Authorities

Peter Bradley: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on his Department's current responsibilities in respect of funding for fire authorities. [630]

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Dr. Whitehead: My Department has the same responsibilities as were formerly held by the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions for the revenue support grant system and as the Home Office for the issue of fire service credit approvals.

Positive Discrimination

Mr. Brady: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what recent advice he has taken from other European countries which allow positive discrimination in the selection of candidates for elected office. [644]

Mr. Raynsford: Government officials recently attended a seminar aiming to examine what can be learned from legal frameworks in other European countries in regard to changing the law to improve women's representation in politics.

The Government will be preparing legislation to allow political parties to make positive moves to increase the representation of women in public life.

Council Tax

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to allow residents to elect to pay their council tax by 12 payments rather than 10. [2167]

Dr. Whitehead: The statutory instalment scheme gives council tax payers the right to pay their council in 10 monthly instalments. However, local authorities can agree to a different payment regime, such as 12 monthly payments or 52 weekly payments. I believe it is right that local authorities should be able to make such decisions in response to individual or local circumstances because they are ultimately answerable to local people for the service they provide.

HEALTH

Waiting Times

Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) longest and (b) shortest waiting times were for (i) heart operations, (ii) hip replacements and (iii) cancer treatment (A) in North Yorkshire and (B) nationally in (1) 1997, (2) 1998, (3) 1999, (4) 2000 and (5) 2001. [6]

Mr. Hutton: The tables show waiting times for waiting list and booked admissions to National Health Service hospitals in England and the Northern and Yorkshire region for the years 1997–98 to 1999–2000 for hip replacements, heart operations, and cancer treatment. Data have been given on the distribution of waiting times to give a more informative picture than the two most extreme results. Data for 2000–01 are not yet available.

Waiting list and booked admissions by waiting time for primary hip replacement operations only or revisions, by health authority area of residence—NHS hospitals, England 1997–98 to 1999–2000

1997–98 1998–99 1999–2000
North Yorkshire HAEnglandNorth Yorkshire HAEnglandNorth Yorkshire HAEngland
Episodes with a valid waiting time43029,9793,97333,56356733,526
Waiting time
Up to six weeks843,6175843,825823,865
Six weeks to three months784,1645524,239894,375
Three to six months1027,0628407,2271107,106
Six to nine months685,4786415,930895,820
Nine months to one year344,4347025,116874,681
Over one year645,2246547,2261107,679
Not known231,1053251,0521521,150

Notes:

An FCE is defined as a period of patient care under one consultant in one health care provider. The figures do not represent the number of patients, as one person may have several episodes within the year.

The main operation is the first of four operation fields in the HES data set, and is usually the most resource intensive procedure performed during the episode.

Operation (OPCS4R) and diagnosis (ICD10) codes used are as follows:

Primary hip replacement operations—operation codes W37–39 and W46–48, excluding emergency admissions, and those with primary diagnosis S72 (fractured neck of femur). Revision operations—W37.3, W38.3, W39.3, W46.3, W47.3, W48.3, excluding emergency admissions and those with a primary diagnosis of S72 (fractured neck of femur).

Waiting time statistics from HES are not the same as the published waiting list statistics. HES provides counts and waiting times for all patients admitted to hospital within a given period whereas the published waiting list statistics count those waiting for treatment at a given point in time and how long they have been on the waiting list. Also, HES calculates the waiting time as the difference between the admission and decision to admit dates. Unlike published waiting list statistics, this is not adjusted for self-deferrals or periods of medical/social suspension.

Data in this table are not adjusted for shortfalls.

Patients whose waiting time is 'not known' are from a waiting list or booked admission where the date of decision to admit was invalid, therefore a duration of elective wait cannot be calculated.

Source:

Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), Department of Health.


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Waiting list and booked admissions for heart operations by waiting time and health authority area of residence—NHS hospitals,
England 1997–98 to 1999–2000

1997–98 1998–99 1999–2000
North Yorkshire HAEnglandNorth Yorkshire HAEnglandNorth Yorkshire HAEngland
Episodes with a valid waiting time57793,599797107,741958107,868
Waiting time
Up to six weeks26738,10635642,31439843,216
Six weeks to three months8320,71811623,75515225,376
Three to six months9316,55712920,34818120,346
Six to nine months557,914658,860728,509
Nine months to one year386,157737,231775,539
Over one year414,147585,233784,882
Not known2269,9086748,3406179,656

Notes:

An FCE is defined as a period of patient care under one consultant in one health care provider. The figures do not represent the number of patients, as one person may have several episodes within the year.

The main operation is the first of four operation fields in the HES data set and is usually the most resource intensive procedure performed during the episode.

Operation (OPCS4R) codes used are as follows K01-K71.

Waiting time statistics from HES are not the same as the published waiting list statistics. HES provides counts and waiting times for all patients admitted to hospital within a given period whereas the published waiting list statistics count those waiting for treatment at a given point in time and how long they have been on the waiting list. Also, HES calculates the waiting time as the difference between the admission and decision to admit dates. Unlike published waiting list statistics, this is not adjusted for self-deferrals or periods of medical/social suspension.

Patients whose waiting time is 'not known' are from a waiting list or booked admission where the date of decision to admit was invalid, therefore a duration of elective wait cannot be calculated.

Data in this table are not adjusted for shortfalls.

Source:

Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), Department of Health.


Waiting list and booked admissions for cancer patients by waiting time, main diagnosis/operation and health authority area of residence—NHS hospitals, England 1997–98 to 1999–2000

Episodes with a valid waiting timeUp to six weeksSix weeks to three monthsThree to six monthsSix to nine monthsNine months to one yearOver one yearNot known
1997–98
North Yorkshire HA
Cancer (1)4,2753,5414371785248191,052
Cancer (2)3,6402,958401163514819847
England
Cancer (1)378,013333,35228,61410,7662,9501,2341,09788,667
Cancer (2)293,533252,98825,6749,9612,7561,15599966,058
1998–99
North Yorkshire HA
Cancer (1)5,3644,6253292007189502,215
Cancer (2)4,8754,1623121976988472,070
England
Cancer (1)344,548298,45930,40110,8612,5931,1471,08790,569
Cancer (2)303,471260,30128,09410,4282,4991,1131,03669,455
1999–2000
North Yorkshire HA
Cancer (1)6,7635,8954782367550292,146
Cancer (2)6,0575,2304462327349271,964
England
Cancer (1)333,806289,16330,9039,9212,24077080989,699
Cancer (2)294,935253,25128,4989,5232,15973477067,106

Notes:

An FCE is defined as a period of patient care under one consultant in one health care provider. The figures do not represent the number of patients, as one person may have several episodes within the year.

The main operation is the first of four operation fields in the HES data set and is usually the most resource intensive procedure performed during the episode.

The main diagnosis is the first of seven diagnosis fields in the HES data set and provides the main reason why the patient was in hospital.

Operation (OPCS4R) and diagnosis (ICD10) codes used are as follows:

Cancer (1)—Diagnosis 'COO-C97 Malignant/Neoplasms'

Cancer (2)—Diagnosis 'COO-C97 Malignant/Neoplasms' with any surgical operation or procedure.

Waiting time statistics from HES are not the same as the published waiting list statistics. HES provides counts and waiting times for all patients admitted to hospital within a given period whereas the published waiting list statistics count those waiting for treatment at a given point in time and how long they have been on the waiting list. Also, HES calculates the waiting time as the difference between the admission and decision to admit dates. Unlike published waiting list statistics, this is not adjusted for self-deferrals or periods of medical/social suspension.

Data in this table are not adjusted for shortfalls.

Patients whose waiting time is 'not known' are from a waiting list or booked admission where the date of decision to admit was invalid, therefore a duration of elective wait cannot be calculated.

Source:

Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), Department of Health.


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