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Ms Blears [holding answer 17 October 2002]: The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has adopted a wide-ranging action plan to tackle the issues consumers have identified as priorities for improving food labelling. The FSA is pressing for changes to European law and international standards and has established a number of working groups to explore the potential for voluntary improvements.
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medical staff who are not English-speaking; and what provision is made for linguistic tuition for non-English speaking NHS medical staff. 
Mr. Hutton [holding answer 21 October 2002]: All medical staff employed in the National Health Service are English-speaking. Doctors are not permitted to work in the NHS until they are able to demonstrate that they possess good English language skills. Medical staff from outside the European Economic Area are required to pass the international English language testing system examination before they are eligible for registration with the General Medical Council and work in the UK. European Economic Area nationals are not required to take the international English language testing system examination to register with the General Medical Council. They are required, however, to demonstrate their language competency to their employer. The procedures for this are set out in guidance for NHS employers: Health Service Circular 1999/137.
Training courses in English language are available throughout the UK at further education colleges. There are also special training courses to prepare doctors for the international English language testing system examination, most of which are provided free of charge to students.
Mr. Steen: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of NHS consultants, doctors and nurses who will be employed from (a) the EU and (b) outside the EU over the next five years. 
Mr. Hutton [holding answer 21 October 2002]: The following table shows the number of doctors, general practitioners (GPs) and consultants who qualified in the United Kingdom, within the rest of the European Economic Area and elsewhere.
|England at 30 September 2001(36)||numbers
||All countries of
||United Kingdom||Rest of EEA||Elsewhere
||All Doctors of which||100,320||69,950||4,870||25,500
(36) 2001 is the most recent data available which details all NHS doctors.
(37) All Practitioners includes GMS Unrestricted Principals, PMS Contracted GPs, PMS Salaried GPs, Restricted Principals, Assistants, GP Registrars, Salaried Doctors (para 52 SFA), PMS Other and GP Retainers.
(38) HCHS shows Hospital, Public Health medicine and Community Health Services (HCHS) staff excluding medical hospital practitioners and medical clinical assistants, most of whom are also GPs working part time in hospitals.
Figures are rounded to the nearest ten
Due to rounding, totals may not equal the sum of component parts
Department of Health 2000 medical and dental workforce census
Department of Health General and Personal Medical Services Statistics
|Day Case||Elective Inpatient||Non-Elective Inpatient|
|HRG Code||HRG Label||Mean Average|
|Unit Cost #|
|Unit Cost #|
|Unit Cost #|
|B02||Phakoemulsification cataract extraction|
|with lens implant||939||1,086||1,687|
|B03||Other cataract extraction with lens implant||719||866||N/A|
|H02||Primary hip replacement||N/A||4,457||6,577|
|H04||Primary knee replacement||N/A||4,989||6,474|
1 The following information was submitted by Worthing & Southlands Hospitals NHS Trust as part of their 2001 submission for reference costs. The figures relate to the financial year 200001.
2 Some procedures can be undertaken as a day case and / or inpatient, e.g. cataracts. Both have different costs, as shown above.
3 This Trust did not report any activity for coronary artery bypass grafts in 200001.
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