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Mrs. Calton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what interim measures he plans to take to ensure continuity of service for those who have benefited from digital hearing aids in the 20 trial hospitals while awaiting the evaluation report from the Institute of Hearing Research. 
Jacqui Smith: Patients who have been fitted with digital hearing aids as part of the pilot project will be followed up. This is an important part of the modernised service specification. Decisions about funding for a continued digital hearing aid service in these sites will be made in enough time to enable providers to plan services effectively for the next financial year.
Ms Blears: It is our intention to nationally procure a digital radio network for all national health service ambulance trusts in England. A fundamental requirement of the new radio network will be the fullest possible operational interoperability between the emergency services.
Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will rank in terms of (a) numbers and (b) as a percentage of the total those countries whose citizens are employed by the NHS as (i) nurses, (ii) doctors and (iii) other professional clinical staff in the most recent years for which figures are available. 
Mr. Hutton: The information requested for nurses and other professional clinical staff is not collected centrally. Validated information for doctors is available only for United Kingdom/European Economic Area/other. This is shown in the table.
|All countries of qualification||86,580||100||89,620||100||91,840||100||93,980||100||96,320||100|
|Rest of EEA||4,590||5.3||4,700||5.2||4,690||5.1||4,890||5.2||4,790||4.97|
|General practitioners (excluding GP Retainers)(57),(58)|
|All countries of qualification||29,120||100||29,390||100||29,700||100||29,990||100||30,250||100|
|Rest of EEA||930||3.2||1,000||3.4||1,020||3.4||1,100||3.7||1,170||3.9|
|HCHS medical and dental staff|
|All countries of qualification||57,470||100||60,230||100||62,140||100||63,990||100||66,070||100|
|Rest of EEA||3,660||6.4||3,700||6.1||3,670||5.9||3,780||5.9||3,620||5.5|
(57) All practitioners (excluding GP Retainers) includes GMS Unrestricted Principals, PMS Contract GPs, PMS Salaried GPs, Restricted Principals, Assistants, GP Registrars, Salaried Doctors (Para. 52 SFA), and PMS Others. GP Retainers were collected for the first time in the 1999 census; for comparability purposes they have been excluded.
(58) The 1996 figures include estimates for 179 Assistants whose first country of qualification is unknown.
1. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10
2. Percentages are calculated using unrounded figures
Department of Health medical and dental work force census as at 30 September
Department of Health General and Personal Medical Services Statistics as at 30 September 2000 and 1 October in previous years
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Dr. Chris Bayliss, Consultant Radiologist, Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital
Professor Carol Black, Clinical Vice President, Royal College of Physicians
Ms Jenny Brown, Director Nursing, Hull and East Yorkshire Health Authority
Professor John Cox, President, Royal College of Psychiatrists
Dr. Bernard Crump, Director of Public Health, Leicester Health Authority
Dr. Keith Dodd, Consultant Paediatrician, Derbyshire Children's Hospital
Professor George Elder, Pathologist, College of Medicine, Cardiff
Mr. David Flory, Chief Executive, Newcastle and North Tyneside Health Authority
Ms Linda Hamlyn, Chief Executive, West Hertfordshire Health Authority
Mr. James Johnson, Chairman of the Joint Consultants Committee
Mr. Eamonn Kelly, Director of Health Policy and Strategy, Coventry Health Authority
Sir Peter Morris, President, Royal College of Surgeons
Mr. Nick Relph, Chief Executive, Berkshire Health Authority
Professor Stephen Tomlinson, Faculty of Medicine, Manchester Royal Infirmary
Professor Kent Woods, Director of HTA, Leicester.
(a) the identification and funding of services under the Supra Regional Services arrangements;
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|England at 30 September 2000||Number|
Figures rounded to the nearest 10.
Department of Health 2000 medical and dental workforce census.
|Queen's Medical Centre UHN NHS Trust, Nottingham||1,366|
|Leicester Royal Infirmary||1,172|
|St. James's University Hospital, Leeds||1,157|
|Leeds General Infirmary||1,135|
|Northern General Hospital, Sheffield||1,100|
|Southampton General Hospital||1,088|
|Nottingham City Hospital NHS Trust||1,050|
|The Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust, London||1,008|
|Derriford Hospital, Plymouth||975|
|University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff||960|
10 Dec 2001 : Column: 725W
Mr. Hutton: We recognise that staff work hard for the national health service, often in challenging environments, and we are committed to ensuring that staff feel properly valued. We have initiated a wide range of initiatives to improve the working lives of all staff in the NHS which are outlined in the NHS Plan.
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