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Cancelled Operations

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to broaden the definition of cancelled operation to include operations cancelled the day before admission. [53223]

Mr. Hutton: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave him on 19 April 2002, Official Report, column 1227W.

Nursing and Midwifery Council

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent advice his Department has given to the Nursing and Midwifery Council on registration procedures. [53224]

Mr. Hutton: None.

General Practitioner Appraisals

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he plans to announce the recruitment of further GP appraisers. [53230]

Mr. Hutton: Primary care trusts (PCTs) are responsible for ensuring they have sufficient appraisers to implement general practitioners (GPs) appraisals. Most PCTs have put forward between three and 10 GPs. We are pleased with the progress being made.


Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reason the fees for the re-registration of nurses have increased in the last year. [53232]

Mr. Hutton: Registration fees for nurses, midwives and health visitors are the responsibility of the Nursing and Midwifery Council. The increase, which was decided by its predecessor, the United Kingdom Central Council for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting, and introduced from 1 October 2001, was to match increases in core business, notably on casework relating to professional conduct.

Occupational Health

Dr. Tonge: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of the new investment in the NHS is to be devoted to (a) workplace health and (b) the development of the occupational health service. [53600]

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Mr. Hutton: Decisions about what proportion of the extra resources for the national health service announced in the 2002 Budget is to be devoted to workplace health and occupational health services will be taken locally rather than nationally.

Good occupational health and safety is an essential part of the effective management of the health of people at work. "The Effective Management of Occupational Health and Safety Services in the NHS", issued by the Department of Health in November 2001, describes the range of services which should be available to all staff working in the NHS and sets a number of standards for their delivery. The service delivery standards form part of the Improving Working Lives programme in the NHS.

Primary Care Trusts (Leeds)

Mr. Challen: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what level of extra funding each primary care trust in Leeds may receive as a result of the changes announced in the Budget statement. [53333]

Mr. Hutton: As a result of the Budget, the national health service in England will receive an annual average real terms growth in resources of 7.4 per cent. for the five years from 2003–04 to 2007–08. Local allocations to primary care trusts will be announced later this year.

Primary Care Premises

Dr. Evan Harris: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many primary care premises have been improved in (a) England and (b) each health authority since March 1999. [45718]

Mr. Hutton [holding answer 25 March 2002]: The number of improvements to premises used by General Practitioners in England and by health authority from April 1999 to December 2001 are shown in the table.

The table includes provisional data for 2001–02.

Health authorityImprovements
County Durham and Darlington12
East Riding and Hull11
Gateshead and South Tyneside1
Newcastle and North Tyneside23
North Cumbria21
North Yorkshire13
Calderdale and Kirklees16
North Derbyshire11
Southern Derbyshire18
Doncaster 3
Lincolnshire 21
North Nottinghamshire6
South Humber10
North Staffordshire16
South Staffordshire6
South Lancashire10
Morecambe Bay7
St. Helens and Knowsley29
Salford and Trafford16
West Pennine13
Bury and Rochdale10
North Cheshire24
South Cheshire14
East Lancashire10
North West Lancashire6
Wigan and Bolton15
North Essex6
South Essex32
Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster23
Redbridge and Waltham Forest7
Kingston and Richmond2
Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham3
Merton, Sutton and Wandsworth13
Barking and Havering27
Brent and Harrow35
Camden and Islington7
Ealing, Hammersmith and Hounslow13
East London and City48
Barnet, Enfield and Haringey6
Bromley, Bexley and Greenwich12
East Kent31
West Kent12
East Surrey13
West Surrey41
East Sussex, Brighton and Hove15
West Sussex61
North and Mid Hampshire36
Southampton and SW Hampshire48
Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and South East Hampshire21
South and West Devon39
Cornwall and Isles of Scilly0
North and East Devon3

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Mr. Blunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list which individuals and bodies he understands to be represented by the phrase "all concerned" in Sir William Wells' letter to him of 28 February 2001 as being content to publish the draft statement appended to that letter. [51930]

Ms Blears: This is a matter for Sir William Wells.

NHS Staff Numbers

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many vacancies there were for (a) occupational therapists, (b) physiotherapists and (c) speech and language therapists in each NHS region in each year from 1997. [53473]

Mr. Hutton: Between 1999 and 2001 there have been increases in the number of physiotherapists, occupational therapists and speech and language therapists of:

The information requested on vacancies has been placed in the Library. The Department did not collect vacancy information in 1997 or 1998.

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) occupational therapists, (b) physiotherapists and (c) speech and language therapists were employed in the NHS in each NHS region in each year since 1997. [53471]

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

Overall between 1997 and 2001 the number of

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