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Visas (Overseas Teachers)

Mr. Willis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to amend the working holiday visa scheme to allow greater flexibility in respect of the employment of overseas teachers; and if he will make a statement. [130778]

Mrs. Roche: We have no plans to relax the working holidaymakers rules. Flexibility already exists for working holidaymakers in the teaching profession in that they are not precluded from continuing their career in the United Kingdom and may work as supply teachers.

The purpose of the working holidaymaker scheme is not to enable overseas teachers to secure employment. As the title implies, any work is to be incidental to an extended holiday here and participants are not expected to work for the whole of their time. There are already a number of existing mechanisms under the Immigration Rules to facilitate the employment of overseas teachers, including the work permit scheme and the approved exchange scheme for teachers and language assistants.

Mr. Willis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many working holidaymaker visas were issued to overseas teachers in the last three years for which figures are available; [130779]

Mrs. Roche: I regret that the available information--on working holidaymakers admitted to the United Kingdom--does not separately identify those who are teachers nor their place of residence in this country.



Miss Widdecombe: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and which hospitals in the NHS provide angiogram facilities; and how long the waiting times are in each of them. [129191]

Mr. Denham: 92 National Health Service trusts performed at least one coronary angiogram during 1998-99. The table lists these trusts and gives their related average waiting times.

We recognise that some patients may have to wait some time for this diagnostic procedure and that there is unacceptable variation in access to this service. This is why we have made the prevention and treatment of coronary heart disease one of this Government's priorities.

The National Service Framework for coronary heart disease will address these inequalities over the 10-year period of the strategy. It sets clear long-term targets for waiting times at every stage of the patient journey, including waits for angiography, and progress towards

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these targets will be monitored by the NHS Executive through performance management and by the Commission for Health Improvement.

Number of admissions for selected operations (ordinary admissions and day cases combined). Waiting list and booked admissions method only, by trust in NHS hospitals, England 1998-99

Median waiting time
K63 Contrast radiology of heart
RA2 Royal Surrey County Hospital36
RA4 East Somerset NHS Trust122
RA5 East Gloucestershire NHS Trust5
RA7 The United Bristol Healthcare105
RA9 South Devon Healthcare NHS Trust75
RAE Bradford Hospitals NHS Trust43
RAF Northern General Hospital NHS126
RAG Doncaster Royal Infirmary183
RAJ Southend Hospital NHS Trust136
RAL The Royal Free Hampstead34
RAP North Middlesex Hospital NHS Trust62
RBA Taunton and Somerset NHS Trust102
RBK Walsall Hospitals NHS Trust89
RBL Wirral Hospital NHS Trust99
RBQ The Cardiothoracic Centre37
RBS Royal Liverpool Childrens NHS Trust49
RBU Central Manchester Healthcare100
RC3 Ealing Hospital NHS Trust3
RCB York Health Services NHS Trust(1)--
RCF Airedale NHS Trust(1)--
RCJ South Tees Acute Hospitals NHS35
RCS Nottingham City Hospital NHS Trust58
RDD Basildon and Thurrock General Hospital125
RDL Eastbourne Hospitals NHS Trust27
RDM Hastings and Rother NHS Trust13
RDU Frimley Park Hospital NHS Trust6
RDZ Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch67
RE7 West Cumbria Health Care NHS Trust180
REF Royal Cornwall Hospitals117
REZ Rochdale Healthcare NHS Trust35
RF2 Royal Hull Hospitals NHS Trust91
RF3 East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust83
RF6 North East Lincolnshire NHS Trust(1)--
RFK Nottingham University Hospital28
RFL Glenfield Hospital NHS Trust25
RFZ Northwick Park and St. Marks NHS Trust45
RG2 Greenwich Healthcare NHS Trust15
RGA Calderdale Healthcare NHS Trust63
RGB Huddersfield NHS Trust47
RGM Papworth Hospital NHS Trust122
RGU Brighton Health Care NHS Trust40
RGZ Queen Mary's Sidcup NHS Trust11
RG6 Gloucestershire Royal NHS Trust30
RH8 Royal Devon and Exeter Healthcare Trust109
RHE Crawley Horsham NHS Trust46
RHH East Surrey Hospital and Community Trust(1)--
RHM Southampton University Hospital88
RHU Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust155
RHW Royal Berkshire and Battle Hospital(1)--
RJ1 Guy's and St. Thomas' NHS Trust79
RJ5 St. Mary's Hospital NHS Trust54
RJ6 Mayday Healthcare NHS Trust118
RJ7 St. George's Healthcare NHS Trust76
RJE North Staffordshire Hospital79
RJZ King's Healthcare NHS Trust24
RK9 Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust149
RKB Walsgrave Hospitals NHS Trust76
RKF The Princess Royal Hospital1
RL4 The Royal Wolverhampton Hospital1
RLG Carlisle Hospitals NHS Trust215
RLN City Hospitals Sunderland4
RLQ Hereford Hospitals NHS Trust83
RLW City Hospital NHS Trust60
RLZ Royal Shrewsbury Hospitals9
RM1 Norfolk and Norwich Healthcare40
RM2 South Manchester University Hospital45
RMR Blackpool Victoria Hospital106
RMW Dewsbury Health Care NHS Trust217
RN3 Swindon and Marlborough NHS Trust85
RN5 North Hampshire Hospitals NHS Trust(1)--
RNA Dudley Group of Hospitals NHS Trust74
RNE Sandwell Healthcare NHS Trust61
RNJ The Royal Hospitals NHS Trust89
RNS Northampton General Hospital7
RP4 The Great Ormond Street Hospital28
RPF South Kent Hospitals NHS Trust(1)--
RQ3 Birmingham Children's Hospital85
RQ6 Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen163
RQ7 The Manchester Children's Hospital93
RQM Chelsea and Westminster Healthcare(1)--
RQN The Hammersmith Hospitals97
RR1 Birmingham Heartlands and Solihul48
RR4 Pinderfields and Pontefract Hospital106
RR7 Gateshead Health NHS Trust59
RR8 Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust57
RRK University Hospital Birmingham76
RRV University College London Hospital16
RT3 Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Trust58
RTD The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospital70
RTF Northumbria Health Care NHS Trust7
RTG Southern Derbyshire Acute Hospital28
RTH Oxford Radcliffe Hospital NHS Trust42

(1) Data quality insufficient to calculate median waiting time


1. This table is derived from ungrossed HES data.

2. Waiting time statistics from HES are not the same as the published waiting list statistics. HES provides counts and waiting times for all patients admitted to hospital within a given period whereas the published waiting list statistics count those waiting for treatment at a given point in time and how long they have been on the waiting list. Also, HES calculates the waiting time as the difference between the admission and decision to admit dates. Unlike published waiting list statistics, this is not adjusted for self-deferrals or periods of medical/social suspension.


Hospital Episode Statistics (HES)--Department of Health

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Royal Shrewsbury Hospital

Mr. Paul Marsden: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nurses were employed at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital in each year since 1992; and if he will make a statement. [131136]

Mr. Denham: The table illustrates that the number of nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff employed by the Royal Shrewsbury Hospitals National Health Service Trust declined between the years 1994 and 1997. However, numbers remain constant for 1998, and have increased in 1999, demonstrating our commitment to increase the number of nurses working within the NHS. It should be noted that inflated figures for nursing staff in 1994 are not comparable with later years, due to a new classification system introduced in 1995 (see notes).

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NHS Hospital and Community Health Services (HCHS): Nursing, Midwifery and hospital visiting staff, employed by Royal Shrewsbury Hospital NHS Trust, as at 30 September of each year

Whole time equivalentsNumber (headcount)


1. The Royal Shrewsbury NHS Trust came into being on 1 April 1994. Data from earlier years cannot be disaggregated from health authority returns.

2. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.

3. 1994 figures include agency staff and exclude learners, 1995 to 1999 figures exclude agency staff and learners.

4. A new classification of the non-medical work force was introduced in 1995, therefore information based on this classification is not comparable with earlier years.


Department of Health Non Medical Workforce Census.

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