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Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many residential care home places for elderly people were closed in the Portsmouth, South constituency during the last two months; and if he will make a statement. 
Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many responses have been received to the consultation exercise regarding interpretation of regulations for care homes under the Care Standards Act 2000. 
Jacqui Smith: As at 17 October 2002, the Department had received 51 responses to the consultation document setting out proposed revised physical environment standards for care homes for older people and younger adults. The closing date for comments is 8 November 2002.
Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance has been issued by his Department to hospital trusts to ensure standards of spoken English for newly recruited nurses and doctors. 
Mr. Hutton: Health Service Circular 1999/137 Employment of European Economic Area (EEA) Nationals: Ensuring Language Competency was issued on 14 June 1999. This circular clarifies the respective roles of registration authorities and employers and includes good practice guidelines to help employers ensure that they appoint staff who are able to speak and write English to an appropriate standard. Arrangements for testing the language and professional skills of non-EEA nationals are a matter for the appropriate professional regulatory body.
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|Primary hip replacement||#4,179|
|Primary knee replacement||#4,576|
|Coronary Artery Bypass Graft||#5,483|
|Phakeoemulsification cataract with lens implant||#583|
|Other cataract extraction with lens implant||#572|
Reference Costs 2001
The costs quoted are for elective inpatient stays for the first three procedures listed. Cataract surgery is primarily performed as a day case procedure, and the costs shown for cataract extraction are based on day case activity. If any procedure requires a stay in critical care, these costs are not included in the above figures but are reported separately. The time, and therefore associated costs, spent in critical care is patient specific and is therefore excluded.
The 200102 figures are currently being compiled and will be available shortly.
Figures are rounded to the nearest ten
Data for 19972001 is at 30 September and 2002 data is at 31 March.
Department of Health medical and dental workforce census.
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Mr. Lammy: Advice on the renal national service framework is being developed by an external reference group in four modules covering, dialysis, transplantation, prevention and primary care, and end of life care. These will be published in due course.
Mr. Lammy: The latest information is from the December 2001 Report from the United Kingdom renal registry covering the year 2000, copies which are available in the Library. This shows that diabetes accounted for 16 per cent. of new cases of end stage renal failure and 10 per cent. of prevalent cases.
Mr. Lammy: The information in the table is derived from survey data commissioned by the Department for the years 1993, 1995 and 1998 and shows the prevalent patients receiving dialysis. A further survey is planned for 2002.
Mr. Lammy: We are not funding research specifically into the prevalence of renal complaints among ethnic communities although there are other research projects on related aspects of renal disease. There is already good evidence to show that the prevalence rates for most kidney diseases are three to five times higher among the Asian and African/Caribbean minority ethnic groups.
We are presently investing #0.5 million on two major publicity campaigns, and we have provided a three-year grant of #65,000 to the national kidney research fund's ''A Better Life Campaign'', all aimed at raising awareness of kidney disease among minority ethnic groups.
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Mr. Lammy: The average cost data in the reference costs collection for renal dialysis is collected on a session, not a patient basis. The figures in the table are based on the four main categories currently used for analysis of these costs. The data is for the 20002001 financial year, and is based on data submitted by all National Health Service trusts in England.
Most haemodialysis patients dialyse three times a week although some may require fewer dialysis sessions depending on the severity of their condition. Patients on peritoneal dialysis will normally exchange fluids three of four times a day and patients using automated peritoneal dialysis will carry out exchanges at night.
|Reference Costs 200001: Renal Dialysis||No of Sessions||Mean Average #|
|Hospital Based Haemodialysis (including,|
|inpatients, outpatients and ward atttenders)|
|Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis|
|Automated Peritoneal Dialysis (APD)||899,800||18|
Reference Costs 2001 Publication
Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many social workers have (a) been recruited, (b) left before normal retirement age, and (c) retired since the launch of his social worker recruitment campaign in 2001. 
The campaign is generating a lot of interest, and the provisional figures for the number of applications for social work training show that there has been an increase this year over last, the first increase in the number of applications since the mid-1990s.
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