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NHS: Staff

Baroness Miller of Hendon asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Andrews: The information on doctors, nurses and technical staff and managers and clerical employees is presented in the table. Staff employed by local authorities are, by definition, not included in the National Health Service workforce census.

Staff groups not included in the table but comprising the total number of staff employed in the NHS are ambulance trainee personnel, maintenance and works staff, all healthcare assistants and support staff, nurse learners, other non-medical staff or those with unknown classification and other general practitioner practice staff.

Total NHS staff and those in the specified areas in England as at 30 September each year.
headcount

19972002Difference
Total employed NHS staff1,058,6861,223,824165,138
of which:
Professionally qualified clinical staff(1)519,714603,07783,363
Unqualified nursing staff and unqualified scientific, therapeutic & technical staff140,252164,81824,566
Clerical & administration staff (including managers and senior managers)182,652227,30344,651

Notes:

1. Consists of all doctors (excluding GP Retainers), all qualified nursing staff (including practice nurses), all qualified scientific, therapeutic and technical staff and qualified ambulance staff.

Source:

Department of Health Non-Medical Workforce Census,

Department of Health Medical and Dental Workforce Census,

Department of Health General and Personal Medical Services Statistics.


National Health Service (Charges for Overseas Visitors) Regulations 1989

Baroness Finlay of Llandaff asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether, when assessing the responses from the consultation exercise on the proposals to amend the National Health Service (Charges for Overseas Visitors) Regulations 1989, they will take into consideration the provision of National Health

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    Service treatment to migrants with transmissible disease so as to limit the risk of spreading infection.[HL4343]

Baroness Andrews: The Government will take into consideration a wide range of issues when considering the outcome of the current consultation exercise, including the public health implications of our proposals.

Smallpox: Vaccinated Medical Staff

Lord Jopling asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many vaccinated nurses would normally be expected to work with one vaccinated doctor in the event of the need to deal with an outbreak of smallpox.[HL4358]

Baroness Andrews: For every three vaccinated doctors forming part of the smallpox regional response team, there are two vaccinated nurses, who would deal with the direct care of the patient and follow-up of their contacts.

Carers: Assessments

Baroness Byford asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many carers have requested an assessment of their ability to provide care in each of the years following the passing of the Carers (Recognition and Services) Act 1995 in each county and city of the East Midlands; and what was the percentage of each total which was not completed within three months of the request.[HL4392]

Baroness Andrews: The information requested is not held centrally.

Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath asked Her Majesty's Government:

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    Whether there are any plans to relocate the headquarters of the Commission for Patient and Public Involvement from Birmingham to London.[HL4403]

Baroness Andrews: There are no plans to relocate the headquarters of the Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health from Birmingham to London.

NHS: Mixed-Sex Wards

Lord Jones asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What progress has been made in eliminating mixed wards in the National Health Service.[HL4416]

Baroness Andrews: The Department of Health has set three objectives to support the elimination of mixed-sex accommodation with a target to achieve these in 95 per cent of trusts by December 2002. The objectives are designed to deliver separate sleeping areas, separate toilet and washing facilities and safe facilities for the mentally ill.

The National Health Service has made excellent progress. At the target date: 98 per cent of NHS trusts provided single-sex sleeping accommodation for planned admissions and had robust operational policies in place to protect patients' privacy and dignity; 95 per cent of NHS trusts met the additional criteria set to ensure the safety of patients who are mentally ill (this has now risen to 96 per cent); and 93 per cent of NHS trusts provided properly segregated bathroom and toilet facilities for men and women. This has risen to 95 per cent.

NHS: Private Patient Activity

Baroness Noakes asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How they monitor the financial results of private patient activity within National Health Service trusts.[HL4441]

Baroness Andrews: National Health Service trust accounts include an entry for income from non-NHS private patients. This includes all income received and receivable for patient care services from private patients.



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