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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: The Independent Reconfiguration Panel Chair, Dr Peter Barrett, was appointed by the Secretary of State for Health from a shortlist of candidates drawn up for his consideration. The appointment was announced on 22 August 2001. The National Health Service Appointments Commission was not involved as the commission did not at that time cover appointments to either public sector working groups or non-departmental public bodies.
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: Members of the Independent Reconfiguration Panel are being appointed in accordance with the Commissioner for Public Appointments Code of Practice for Ministerial Appointments to Public Bodies.
We will be announcing the membership shortly.
Whether they consider the Health Professions Council's proposed rules for its register, as they affect titles, should, in the case of chiropody and podiatry, allow for significant differences in the qualifications, knowledge, clinical expertise and experience of registered practitioners, so as to enable the public to differentiate between them.[HL1292]
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: The aim of registration is to assure the public of the competence of healthcare professionals and, when necessary, to protect them. The Health Professions Council consulted about which titles should be protected by law and has undertaken extensive market research to understand the public's perception of titles currently in use by health professionals. The HPC's decision to propose the protection of both chiropodist and podiatrist reflect the general public perception that these titles are used interchangeably. The HPC believes that the introduction of large numbers of subsections would be confusing and unnecessary. It is for the HPC to propose and the Privy Council to determine the protected titles that will be associated with the parts and subsections of the Health Professions Register.
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: It is for the Health Professions Council to decide on standards for proficiency to be attained by all new entrants to the register. Training requirements may vary for individual applicants depending on their current proficiency.
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: The Health Professions Order is clear that an applicant may be registered under the transitional provisions in the statutory order by either satisfying the three out of five years rule or by undergoing such additional training and experience that will satisfy the council that the correct standard of proficiency for admission to the relevant part of the register has been attained.
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: On 13 December 2001 I said that the council may set up any other committees and panels that it needs. The Health Professions Order 2001 allows the council to set up professional advisory committees to advise the council or its statutory committees on matters affecting relevant professions. It is for the HPC to decide how best to obtain the necessary advice and also the mechanism for supplying it. HPC has decided to propose professional liaison groups on the basis of widespread support obtained during consultation.
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: The Health Professions Council has published its key decisions document on its proposals which it will put before the Privy Council. There is no reason to believe that transitional arrangements within the Health Professions Order are not being adhered to.
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: Unaudited information on the in-year income and expenditure position of National Health Service trusts is collected centrally by the Department of Health. We have no plans to publish unaudited information.
|NHS Trusts with retained deficit in 20012002||200102 £000s||200001 £000's|
|Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals NHS Trust||(5,991)||(4,882)|
|Avon and Wiltshire MHP NHS Trust||(1,643)||590|
|Bedford Hospitals NHS Trust||(843)||2,306|
|Bedfordshire and Luton Community NHS Trust||(1,357)||(324)|
|Birmingham Heartlands and Solihull Trust||963||964|
|Bromley Hospitals NHS Trust||2,208||3,599|
|Cornwall Partnership NHS Trust||112||1,248|
|Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust||(3,823)||(2,747)|
|Dorset Health Care NHS Trust||2,494||319|
|East Berkshire Community Health Trust||7,861||8,902|
|Frimley Park Hospital NHS Trust||(377)||(47)|
|Gloucestershire Ambulance Services NHS Trust||285||244|
|Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS Trust||671||891|
|Hounslow and Spelthorne Community and Mental Health Trust||(189)||193|
|Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust||(1,880)||(1,053)|
|Isle of Wight Healthcare NHS Trust||132||(238)|
|Kettering General Hospital NHS Trust||2,383||2,470|
|Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust||(3,874)||195|
|Mid Sussex NHS Trust||(1,601)||(202)|
|N Essex Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust||(1,294)|
|New Possibilities NHS Trust||837||630|
|North Bristol NHS Trust||(2,235)||1,750|
|North Hampshire Hospitals NHS Trust||(999)||(406)|
|North West Anglia Health Care NHS Trust||(94)||(213)|
|Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust||1,876||2,100|
|Nuffield Orthopaedic NHS Trust||(2,753)||(2,747)|
|Portsmouth Health Care NHS Trust||6,954||305|
|Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust||3,973||4,569|
|Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust||(633)||16|
|Riverside Community Healthcare NHS Trust||3,569||3,679|
|Royal Berkshire Ambulance Service Trust||965||689|
|Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust||(12,434)||(8,441)|
|Royal Shrewsbury Hospitals NHS Trust||392||788|
|Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Trust||3,321||3,252|
|Royal West Sussex NHS Trust||(4,432)||(2,710)|
|Somerset Partnership NHS and Social Care Trust||(3,498)||(1,284)|
|South Warwickshire Combined NHS Trust||(577)||127|
|Southampton Community Health Services Trust||(1,090)||(746)|
|Southampton University Hosps NHS Trust||2,355||2,405|
|Stoke Mandeville Hospital NHS Trust||507||760|
|Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust||(6,122)||(5,985)|
|Surrey Hampshire Borders NHS Trust||(290)||630|
|Sussex Weald and Downs NHS Trust||(3,380)||(1,594)|
|The Princess Royal Hospital NHS Trust||2,743||3,075|
|United Bristol Healthcare NHS Trust||3,874||8,933|
|West Hampshire NHS Trust||(12)|
|West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust||(11,049)||17|
|West Suffolk Hospitals NHS Trust||2,898||3,003|
|Weston Area Health NHS Trust||1,520||1,955|
|Worthing Priority Care Services Trust||(445)||146|
NHS Trust Audited Summarisation Schedules 20002001 and 20012002