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NHS Wages

Ross Cranston: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average annual increase in NHS wages and salaries has been for (a) doctors, (b) nurses and (c) ancillary staff in each of the last 10 years. [52998]

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Mr. Hutton: The table sets out the general pay increase for hospital doctors, nurses and ancillary staff in each of the last 10 years. Additional amounts may have been awarded for particular grades or sub-groups of staff in particular years. The figures for nurses and ancillary staff for 1995–96 and 1996–97 are estimates as these included an element of local pay.

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Percentage

Hospital doctorsNursesAncillary staff
1993–941.51.51.5
1994–953.03.02.39
1995–962.53.03.0
1996–973.82.82.8
1997–983.43.33.3
1998–994.23.83.8
1999–20003.54.73.0
2000–013.33.43.25
2001–023.93.73.7
2002–033.63.63.6

Cancer

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the estimated cost was of treating sun-induced skin cancers in the last year. [53012]

Yvette Cooper: The Department does not collect figures on the cost of NHS services in a way that enables an accurate figure to be calculated for the cost of a particular disease.

Mr. Paul Marsden: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will ask NICE to review its decision on the use of irinotecan and oxaliplatin in treating bowel cancer patients. [52971]

Mr. Hutton: I understand that National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) has recommended that irinotecan and oxaliplatin should be used in specific clinical circumstances. We set up NICE to give authoritative guidance on when it is clinically and cost effective to use drugs and other treatments. NICE has undertaken a full appraisal of irinotecan, oxaliplatin and raltitrexed and has also considered an appeal against its initial decision. In the light of this, I do not expect NICE to review its decision except as part of its usual processes. The review will take place in April 2005, or earlier if significant new evidence becomes available.

Missed Appointments

Dr. Evan Harris: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of (a) in-patient and (b) out- patient appointments were missed in each of the last six years. [53369]

Mr. Hutton: The number of patients who did not attend consultant out-patient appointments from 1995–96 to 2000–01 are shown in the table. Information up to quarter 2 of 2001–02 is available on the Department's website www.doh.gov.uk/hospitalactivity.

Total out-patient appointmentsTotal attendancesTotal DNAsPercentage DNAs
1995–9645,578,99040,117,6915,461,29912.0
1996–9746,380,29440,872,7695,507,52511.9
1997–9847,264,69841,635,2695,629,42911.9
1998–9947,803,36842,154,3975,648,97111.8
1999–200048,923,20943,040,6995,882,51012.0
2000–0149,524,15943,569,3405,954,81912.0

Note:

Did Not Attends (DNAs) are counted for those patients who gave no advance warning for their non-attendance.

Source:

Department of Health form KH09


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As part of the NHS plan all out-patient appointments will be pre-booked by the end of 2005. Patients will be able to choose a date and time for their appointment that is convenient for them. Booking systems, where introduced, have proven to significantly reduce numbers of patients failing to turn up for appointments.

The number of patients who did not attend consultant in-patient appointments from 1995–96 to 2000–01 is shown in the table.

Patients admittedPatients failed to attendFailed to attend rate (percentage)
1995–963,500,353207,5155.60
1996–973,549,073223,2555.82
1998–993,826,507171,3824.30
1999–20003,682,180146,5993.83
2000–013,467,338125,8603.50

Note:

Data for 1997–98 is not available

Source:

Department for Health form KH06


Consultants' Remuneration

Paul Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what were the percentage changes in (a) consultants' NHS remuneration and (b) total consultants' remuneration in each of the past five years. [54016]

Mr. Hutton: Table 1 sets out the general pay increase for consultants in each of the last five years.

The majority of consultants earn additional money from the national health service for extra duties. The size of this additional income varies by speciality, by age and geographic location. Table 2 shows the increase in total NHS earnings August 1998 and August 2000.

The Department does not collect or hold detailed information about private practice.

Table 1

Hospital doctors (percentage)Bottom of consultant scale (£)Top of consultant scale (£)
1998–994.244,78057,800
1999–20003.547,34561,605
2000–013.348,90563,640
2001–023.950,81066,120
2002–033.652,64068,505

Note:

A DDRB recommendation in 1999–2000 recommended a further £50 million be allocated annually to consultants to recognise work load, intensity and contribution to the NHS.


Table 2

199819992000
Earnings per contract (£)59,30063,20065,400
Increase over previous year (percentage)6.73.4
Earnings per wte (£)65,10069,30072,100
Increase over previous year (percentage)6.44.1

Note:

The data in Table 2 are taken from the NHS Earnings survey (sample based).


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Smallpox Vaccine

Mr. Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if the specification for the smallpox vaccine stated that the vaccine to be provided had to be the Lister strain. [53931]

Mr. Hutton: The Lister strain was specified as the vaccine strain required and all the companies with which the Department had discussions were made fully aware of this.

Ministerial Accommodation

Mr. Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what publicly owned accommodation is made available to him in his official role; how many nights he has been in residence at each of these properties in the last 12 months; and what the total cost was of maintaining each of these properties in the last 12 months. [55102]

Ms Blears: None.

Ashford and St. Peter's Hospital NHS Trust

Mr. Wilshire: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on his plans to franchise the post of chief executive at the Ashford and St. Peter's Hospital NHS Trust. [55042]

Ms Blears: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health announced on 8 May 2002 that the franchise for Ashford and St. Peter's Hospitals NHS trust had been awarded to Mr. Andrew Morris, with Mr. Glen Douglas the chief executive designate.

Patient Transport Facilities

Mr. Breed: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of patients travelled by (a) bus, (b) train, (c) private transport and (d) other forms of transport to their (i) GP, (ii) dental and (iii) hospital appointment in (A) 1991, (B) 2000 and (C) 2001. [46455]

Ms Blears [holding answer 15 April 2002]: This information is not held centrally.

International Recruitment

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 8 March 2002, Official Report, column 163W, on international recruitment, which agencies have not adhered to the code of practice for (a) internationally qualified medical staff and (b) other healthcare professionals. [50077]

Mr. Hutton [holding answer 17 April 2002]: There are no plans to publish the names of the international recruitment agencis dealing with internationally qualified medical staff and other healtcare professional agencies who have failed to adhere to the code of practice. Trusts will be advised to refer to a list, due to be published shortly, of those agencies that are compliant with the code of practice before beginning the process of setting up new recruitment contracts.


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