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(3) how many endometriosis cases there are within the Dorset health authority. 
(ICD10 code N80).
(ICD10 code N80).
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the concordat with the private sector, (b) the average cost of treatment per patient and (c) the average cost of similar treatment as in (b) above in the NHS. 
Mr. Milburn: Contracts agreed under the concordat are signed at the local level and the Department does not have complete information on expenditure. £20 million was made available to the national health service to purchase treatment in the private sector last winter, which funded just over 10,500 cases, for example an average cost per case of approximately £1,900. However, in the absence of information on the mix of cases this figure is not particularly meaningful.
Mr. Burns: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the impact on delayed discharges in acute hospitals of treatment under the concordat with the private sector. 
Mr. Milburn: Treatments provided under concordat arrangements will generally take patients off existing national health service waiting lists for elective surgery. I am not aware of any adverse impact on delayed discharges in acute hospitals as a result of patients receiving treatment under the concordat.
Mr. Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what was the extent of bed blocking in each health authority and trust at the most recent available date; what was the basis on which the social services authorities with the most serious bed blocking problem, requiring extra priority allocations were identified; and for what reason the Newcastle city and North Tyneside borough social services authorities were not on the priority list. 
Jacqui Smith: The latest figures on delayed discharges for each health authority and National Health Service trust are shown in the table. The decision on which councils should receive extra help was taken on the basis of the councils with the highest rate of delayed discharge and also councils, which the Department has identified as needing extra help through our performance monitoring arrangements. Newcastle city and North Tyneside borough social services did not meet these criteria.
|Area||Total delayed||Delayed discharge rate (percentage)|
|Northern and Yorkshire||687||4.6|
|Health authority summary:|
|Gateshead and South Tyneside||56||6.4|
|Newcastle and North Tyneside||69||3.9|
|Calderdale and Kirklees||28||2.4|
|St Helens and Knowsley||68||6.8|
|Salford and Trafford||43||3.2|
|Bury and Rochdale||16||2.9|
|North West Lancashire||111||10.6|
|Wigan and Bolton|||||
|Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster|||||
|Redbridge and Waltham Forest||107||10.0|
|Kingston and Richmond||59||5.4|
|Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham||39||2.1|
|Merton, Sutton and Wandsworth||49||3.7|
|Barking and Havering||68||9.2|
|Brent and Harrow||41||18.2|
|Camden and Islington||62||6.8|
|Ealing, Hammersmith and Hounslow||108||7.7|
|East London and City||53||2.6|
|Barnet, Enfield and Haringey||109||7.4|
|Bromley, Bexley and Greenwich|||||
|East Sussex, Brighton and Hove|||||
|North and Mid Hampshire||160||18.6|
|Southampton and South West Hampshire||172||14.3|
|Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and South East Hampshire||79||4.8|
|South and West Devon||64||5.6|
|Cornwall and Isles of Scilly||87||6.1|
|North and East Devon||139||9.3|
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Mr. Havard: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has received from the National Blood Service of the effect on the number of blood donors of testing for vCJD; and what plans he has to ensure the supply of blood to non-emergency patients who require transfusions as part of their treatments. 
Mr. Hutton: The Department is currently working with the National Blood Service on contingency plans related to the screening of blood donors for vCJD and the impact this could have on the blood supply.
In parallel with the four United Kingdom Health Departments alongside the National Audit Office and the National Blood Transfusion Services, the UK Chief Medical Officers sponsored a conference on better blood transfusion on 29 October. The aim of the conference is to help set the priorities for blood transfusion in the national health service for the coming three to five years including the more efficient and effective use of blood so that we ensure the supply of blood to all patients who require transfusions as part of their treatment.