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Hospital Stays (Children)

Mrs. Humble: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children stayed in hospital for four weeks or more in (a) Blackpool Victoria Hospital and (b) hospitals nationwide in the last 12 months. [39526]

Yvette Cooper: The table below shows a count of episodes of care where the length of stay was longer than four weeks.

Finished provider spells for 0–18 year olds where length of stay was over 4 weeks—Blackpool Victoria NHS Trust and all other
Trusts in England, 2000–01

Age
Total (0–18)
Blackpool Victoria Hospital NHS Trust 55
Other NHS trusts 15,292
England15,347

Notes:

A finished provider spell is defined as a period of in-patient care within one health care provider that commences with the patients' admission and ends on the date of discharge. It may comprise one or more FCEs (finished consultant episodes).

Figures in this table have not yet been adjusted for shortfalls in data.

Source:

Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), Department of Health


Genito-Urinary Consultants

Laura Moffatt: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action he will take to increase genito-urinary consultant numbers in line with Royal College of Physicians, Consultant Physicians Working for Patients, recommendations. [40871]

Mr. Hutton: The NHS Plan sets a target of 7,500 additional consultants by 2004 (England), over the 1999 baseline, needed to deliver the service targets set out in the Plan. There are currently around 275 consultants in genito-urinary medicine in England. We anticipate that by 2004 there will be an increase of around 35 trained specialists in genito-urinary medicine, and a further 25 by 2009. We have also agreed an increase in specialist registrar numbers of up to 16 by 2004.

We continually review future requirements for trained specialists as part of the NHS's new multi-disciplinary workforce planning processes. These will look at the requirements for doctors alongside other staff focusing on the potential for new ways of working and developing new roles. As part of this process we discuss with the Royal College of Physicians their view of workforce needs in genito-urinary medicine.

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Projections of need will change as modernisation of the workforce progresses. Supply projections will also change as numbers in training are varied in response to identified need.

Blood Donations

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many 17 year-olds have given blood in each of the past five years. [40875]

Yvette Cooper: In April 1998 donor selection criteria were altered to enable 17-year-olds to donate. The table shows the number of donors making their first donation aged 17 by financial year since this change was made.

Financial Year17-year-old donor count
1998–9913,777
1999–200019,133
2000–0119,718
2001–02(47)16,109

(47) Data for 2001–02 taken period ending 3 March 2002. Forecast total as at end of 2001–02: 17,420


NHS Equality Awards

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the winners of the NHS equality awards in each year since 1998. [40882]

Mr. Hutton: The information requested is shown in the table.

1998 Award Winners


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The national health service Equality Awards ran for two years with the focus on greater equality for all service users. Since the launch of the NHS Plan, the NHS Equality Awards have been combined with other national award schemes—the Nye Bevan Awards and Social Care Awards—to form the Health and Social Care Awards. This single set of awards recognises and rewards the excellence of staff working in vital services across both health and social care departments.

Abattoirs/Slaughterhouses

Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the abattoirs and slaughterhouses which are licensed by the Food Standards Agency, stating in each case their maximum weekly throughput. [40972]

Yvette Cooper: The Food Standards Agency is responsible for the licensing of abattoirs in the United Kingdom. I have arranged for lists of all licensed red meat and white meat abattoirs in the UK to be placed in the Library of the House.

Licensed abattoirs are classified as either full or low throughput. Low throughput red meat abattoirs are limited to slaughtering no more than 1,000 livestock units per year at a rate not exceeding 20 livestock units per week. Low throughput white meat abattoirs are limited to slaughtering no more than 150,000 birds or 300,000 rabbits per year.

I am unable to provide the hon. Member with details of the throughput of individual abattoirs as this information is commercially confidential.

Hearing Aids

David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what provision will be made to Hull and East Yorkshire NHS trust for the replacement of analogue hearing aids with digital ones. [41308]

Jacqui Smith: The Hull and East Yorkshire hospitals national health service trust has submitted a bid to the Department for second wave funding for the provision of digital hearing aids. The closing date for the submission of bids was 8 March 2002 and the bids are currently being evaluated.

Care Homes

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many applications the National Care Standards Commission has received from care providers wishing to register as a care home, under the Care Standards Act 2000, which are not existing residential care homes or existing nursing care homes; and if he will make a statement. [41606]

Jacqui Smith: Under the Care Standards Act 2000, the National Care Standards Commission takes over its responsibility for the regulation of social care and independent health care services on 1 April. Care providers who are not existing providers, in other words either they are not registered (the home is not operating) or exempt from registration under current legislation, may not apply to the Commission before the 1 April. On that basis the Commission has not received any applications for registration from such potential providers. The

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Commission is receiving applications under transitional arrangements from existing providers and managers of care services who must be registered from the 1 April.

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many applications the National Care Standards Commission has received from (a) existing nursing homes, (b) existing residential homes and (c) bed and breakfast accommodation under pilot schemes wishing to register as a care home under the Care Standards Act 2000. [41605]

Jacqui Smith: The National Care Standards Commission is now receiving applications for registration from providers and managers of care homes previously exempt from the requirement to register under current legislation. This is part of a planned transitional process but the full number of applications will not be known until 31 March 2002, which is the cut of date for applications under the transition. The Commission has to date received no applications from bed and breakfast accommodation under pilot schemes wishing to register under the Care Standards Act. Such provision, which will be regulated under the Act if it provides accommodation with personal care, cannot make applications to the Commission until 1 April 2002.

Residential Homes

Mr. Burns: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many vacant places there are in residential homes in the Barrow and Furness parliamentary constituency. [45262]

Jacqui Smith: The information requested is not available.


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