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The change to the student support arrangements was not introduced as a cost-saving measure but to bring conditions for access to the National Health Service bursary for applicants to diploma nursing and midwifery courses into line with those for degree nurses, and students in higher education as a whole.
John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the impact on the recruitment of nurses in the United Kingdom of the proposal to withdraw bursaries from student nurses from non-European countries. 
The change to the National Health Service bursary regulations requiring applicants to diploma level pre- registration courses in England to meet a prior residence requirement, will be phased in over a 15 month period. The staging of the changes will minimise the impact on higher education institutions. This change will bring diploma level courses into line with degree courses.
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In areas which traditionally have recruited significant numbers of students from beyond the European Union, NHS workforce confederations will work closely with Higher Education Institutions to ensure that places on nursing/midwifery courses continue to be filled.
Mr. Hutton: With effect from 1 November 2001 applicants to diploma level pre-registration courses in nursing and midwifery in England who wish to access the National Health Service bursary will be expected to meet a prior residence requirement. This brings the NHS bursary regulations for these courses into line with those for degree level nursing and midwifery courses, and for higher education as a whole.
The changes are staged over a 15 month period in order to minimise the impact. In areas which traditionally have recruited significant numbers of students from beyond the European Union, NHS workforce confederations will work closely with higher education institutes to ensure that places on nursing/midwifery courses continue to be filled.
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performance in the National Health Service: NHS Performance Indicators", copies of which are available in the Library. Standardised rates for England for 199899 and for the years 199798 and 199697 are available from the Department's website: http:/www.doh.gov.uk/ nhsperformanceindicators/hlpi2000/h1137.html.
Mr. Barker: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many operations have been cancelled in east Sussex, in each quarter of 2000 and 2001, as a result of hospital beds being occupied by (a) delayed discharge patients who were awaiting social services funding or assessment and (b) delayed discharge patients who had fully funded social services packages arranged. 
Information on the number of operations cancelled at the last minute for non-medical reasons, and breaches to the standard to re-admit patients within one month following such cancellations, are collected on a quarterly basis at health authority level and placed in the Library. The latest figures cover the five quarters up to quarter 4 (January to March 2001) of the 200001 financial year.
Mr. Barker: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many acute hospital beds were unavailable in east Sussex to incoming patients as a result of their occupation by (a) delayed discharge patients who were awaiting social services funding and (b) delayed discharge patients who had fully funded social services packages arranged, in each quarter of 2000 and 2001. 
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Jacqui Smith: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health is publishing today the annual report for 19992000, and copies are being placed in the Library. The report covers research and development work carried out by (or on behalf of) Government Departments in relation to equipment that might increase the range of activities and independence or well-being of disabled people, and in particular such equipment that might improve their indoor and outdoor mobility.
The current report places such research in the context of the NHS Plan, and outlines the role of assistive technology in making independent living easier for older people and people with disabilities. The report describes the wide range of Government-funded projects supporting the development, introduction and evaluation of assistive technology. Relevant projects funded by the European Union are also listed.
Mr. Burns: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in the Mid Essex Hospital Services Trust area were waiting for in-patient treatment for (a) more than 18 months, (b) up to 18 months, (c) up to 15 months and (d) up to 12 months on (i) 31 March 1997 and (ii) 31 May 2001. 
|End of March 1997||End of May 2001|
|Number waiting over 18 months for in-patient treatment||0||0|
|Number waiting less than 18 months for in-patient treatment||8,391||8,868|
|Number waiting less than 15 months for in-patient treatment||8,381||8,676|
|Number waiting less than 12 months for in-patient treatment||8,287||8,159|
KH07 quarterly return/monthly returns
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health by what deadline strategic health authorities will have to align continuing NHS health care criteria, described in HSC 2001/015: LAC (2001)18. 
Jacqui Smith: It is intended that strategic health authorities will be established from April 2002. Any alignment of continuing care criteria that may be required should be an early priority of the new SHAs. This should build on the request in Health Service Circular 2001/015: Local Authority Circular (2001)18 that existing health authorities ensure that continuing health care policies comply with the new guidance. Any action arising from this review should be commenced from October 2001.
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the answer of 9 July 2001, Official Report, column 343W, concerning carers, for what reasons his Department is revising the Hospital Discharge Workbook; what status the workbook has; and how compliance with its guidance is monitored. 
Jacqui Smith: The Hospital Discharge Workbook issued in 1994, needs to be updated to take into account the new policy changes introduced by the NHS Plan, including the use of intermediate care services.
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hospitals and community health services keep discharge procedures under review and should regularly audit performance.
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