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Yvette Cooper: By 31 March 2002 the "Defibrillators in Public Places Programme" had seen 487 Automated External Defibrillator devices installed at a total of 64 sites across England, including airports, mainline railway stations, bus and coach stations, and large shopping complexes.
Yvette Cooper: Information on levels of funding for individual hospices is not collected centrally. Funding for hospices is a matter for arrangement between the hospice concerned, primary care trusts and local authorities. Hospices may also apply to the new opportunities fund which has a specific initiative to support and develop palliative care services for children, for which £48 million has been made available.
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(38) On 3 May 2002 the Department of Health issued a press release about malpractice in the management of waiting lists at the Royal United Hospitals Bath (reference 20020211). This malpractice is now known to have affected the accuracy of the figures for long waiters reported by the trust for end March 2002.
We have sampled records for patients that could have been long waiters and have been able to confirm 25 over 15 month waiters. Based on this we estimate that there would be 180 such cases in total, but allowing for uncertainty the 95 per cent. confidence interval suggests this could be as high as 280.
Department of Health form QF01
Yvette Cooper: The NHS Cancer Plan sets out new goals to reduce waiting times for cancer patients including a target of a maximum one month wait from diagnosis to treatment for breast cancer by December 2001. Central monitoring of performance against this standard began on 1 January 2002 and figures will be published quarterly, with the first data due in June 2002. The Cancer Plan also sets the target that by 2005 no one should wait longer than one month from diagnosis to first treatment except for a good clinical reason or through patient choice. We are currently putting in place data collection mechanisms to show performance against this target.
Admissions to national health service hospitals in England for hypothermia patients resident in Newcastle and north Tyneside health authority, Gateshead and south Tyneside health authority and Sunderland health authority.
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Data in this table are adjusted for both coverage and unknown/invalid clinical data, except for 200002 which are not yet adjusted for shortfalls.
Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), Department of Health.
Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many of the additional intermediate care beds are in (a) general and acute hospitals, (b) cottage hospitals, (c) patients' own homes, (d) care homes and (e) bed-and- breakfast accommodation. 
Jacqui Smith: A breakdown of the number of additional intermediate care beds by setting is not available centrally. However, the Department is not aware of any intermediate care service being provided in bed-and-breakfast accommodation. Intermediate care services provided in patients' own homes do not count as "beds".
Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the answer of 18 April 2002, Official Report, column 117980W, what complex issues in the health care aspects of the protection of vulnerable adults scheme have caused the delay in implementation. 
Jacqui Smith: The Care Standards Act 2000, which sets out the legal basis for the protection of vulnerable adults scheme, defines 'vulnerable adult' in terms of the 'services' received. These services are to be prescribed in regulations and it has been important to ensure that as many vulnerable adults as possible are protected within the legal framework of the Care Standards Act.
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Essex will receive the new living allowances; and whether auxiliary nurses without an NVQ qualification will receive the allowances. 
In addition, on 5 February 2002 my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State held a meeting on recruitment, retention and return attended by a number of nurse managers from the national health service.
Local work force development confederations organise return to practice programmes, in conjunction with higher education institutes and local national health service organisations. This includes the organisation of supervising work placements.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent consultation he has had with health visitors as to the supervision of nurses returning to the NHS; and if he will make a statement. 
At the Community Practitioner and Health Visitor Association (CPHVA) conference in November 2001, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State emphasised the Government's commitment to bring health visitors back to the national health service. The Department is currently working with the CPHVA to take this work forward.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many of those nurses who have indicated they wish to return to the NHS he calculates have home commitments that prevent them from attending the necessary out-of-area training sessions; where such courses are available; how long they are; what the cost of the courses was in the last 12 months and if he will make a statement. 
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Work force development confederations organise and fund a range of part-time, full-time and distance learning return to practice courses which may vary in length, according to the needs of the returner and the vacancies available.
Return-to-practice courses are free to the returner, who is entitled to financial support of at least £1,000 while retraining. Further financial assistance is available to cover the costs of books and travel. The returners package also offers child care support where needed.
In 200102, the Department distributed a total of £11 million to work force development confederations to fund return-to-practice initiatives and refresher training. 4,385 health care professionals returned, of which 3,763 were nurses, midwives and health visitors. An additional 2,030 health care professionals are on their way back in.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nurses who wish to return to the NHS have so far been offered places; how long on average they have been out of practice; and if he will make a statement. 
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