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Mapesbury Communications

Mr. Spring: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many (a) present and (b) former (i) employees and (ii) directors of Mapesbury Communications have served as political aides or advisers to the Minister for Europe. [156077]

Mr. Vaz: None.


Interest-free Mortgages (NHS Staff)

Dr. Tonge: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to promote interest-free mortgages to (a) ambulance service staff, (b) nurses, (c) professions allied to medicine and (d) other NHS staff, who are based in London. [142201]

Mr. Denham: The National Health Service housing co-ordinator in support of the recruitment and retention campaign is developing affordable accommodation for NHS staff. He is examining a range of options for supporting low-cost housing for NHS staff.


Mr. Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list for (a) Great Britain and (b) each health authority in England, the number of operations (i) cancelled and (ii) cancelled with the patient not readmitted within one month, for each year since 1995. [149434]

Mr. Denham: The Department of Health in England monitors performance against the standard covering "last minute cancelled operations" for non-medical reasons which requires patients to be admitted (or readmitted) within one month following such cancellations. Monitoring in England is carried out on a quarterly basis at health authority level, and the results are routinely placed in the Library. The latest results cover the period quarter 3 1999-2000 to Quarter 3 2000-01. Quarterly results from 1994-95 are available in the Library.

Information on cancelled operations for the rest of the United Kingdom should be obtained from the respective Health Departments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Hospital Beds

Mr. Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many beds were available in (a) Great Britain and (b) each NHS trust in (i) 1979, (ii) 1990 and (iii) each year from 1992 to the latest date for which figures are available. [149433]

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Mr. Denham: The average daily number of available beds in England for 1979 and 1990-91 to 1999-2000 are given in the table. The first National Health Service trusts were established in 1991-92. Prior to this, information on bed numbers was collected from district health authorities and not individual units. Detailed information on the average daily number of beds in England is published annually in "Bed Availability and Occupancy, England", copies of which are available in the Library. Questions for Scotland and Wales are matters for the devolved administrations.

Average daily number of available beds in wards open overnight, all specialties, England, 1979 and 1990-91 to 1999-2000

Total beds


Department of Health form KH03, SH3

Latest figures collected on 1 December 2000 show an increase of general and acute beds. The NHS Plan will provide 7,000 extra beds nationally by 2004, including 2,100 on general and acute wards. Within this expanded bedstock, there will also be a 30 per cent. increase in adult critical care beds over the next three years.

General Practitioners

Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many GPs left practice in 2000-01; and how many of these were (a) part-time and (b) full-time equivalents; [152803]

Mr. Denham: Between 1999 and 2000 there was a net increase of 410 general practitioners or 190 on an estimated whole time equivalent basis. In addition, the number of GP registrars (trainees) continues to rise from its low point of 1,305 in 1996 to 1,659 at 31 September 2000. These are the GPs of the future.

The table gives more details of joiners and leavers. It shows that, 203 unrestricted principal and equivalent GPs joined practice and 1,090 left. Within these totals the table identifies the numbers of full and part-time GPs in each category. It does not however show how many GPs who

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have stopped working as an unrestricted principal or equivalent continue to practise as, for example, locums, as part of the salaried doctor scheme, or retainers. That information is not held centrally.

Unrestricted Principals and Equivalents (UPEs)(1): Joiners and Leavers(2) England

Number (headcount)
UPEs (1)27,591--27,704
All Joiners--1,203--
of which:
of which:
New Joiners--958--
of which:
of which:
of which:

(1) UPEs includes Unrestricted Principals, PMS Contracted GPs and PMS Salaried GPs.

(2) Leavers are defined as UPEs recorded in the 1999 census but not in the 2000 census Joiners are defined as UPEs recorded in the 2000 census but not in the 1999 census although Rejoiners have been employed at some time prior to 1999 and new joiners are doctors who have not previously held a UPE post. Part time is a combination of three-quarter time, half time and job share.


Department of Health General and Personal Medical Services Statistics.


Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the impact of Project 2000 upon nurse recruitment. [153793]

Mr. Denham [holding answer 16 March 2001]: Between 1997 and 2000 the number of qualified nurses working in the National Health Service has increased by 17,100.

Nurse recruitment is influenced by a range of factors including pay and working conditions and it is not possible to identify the impact of Project 2000 on this separately.

NHS Computer Systems

Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many draft Full Business Cases for NHS hospital trust computer systems (a) are now held in each regional office of the NHS Executive and (b) were first submitted in (i) 1999, (ii) 2000 and (iii) 2001, broken down by regional office. [153095]

Mr. Denham [holding answer 9 March 2001]: Six draft full business cases (FBC) for National Health

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Service hospital trust computer systems are currently held by regional offices. None of these were submitted in 1999, four of the six were submitted in 2000 and the remaining two in 2001. Details are given in the table.

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Four regional offices (Northern and Yorkshire, Eastern, London and South and West regional offices) currently hold no draft FBC for NHS hospital trust computer systems.

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Regional officeNumber of draft FBCs currently held Trust(s) submitting draft FBC Type of investmentDraft FBCs submitted in 2000Draft FBCs first submitted in 2001
North West3Bury Health Care NHS Trust and Rochdale Healthcare NHS TrustElectronic Patient RecordsYes--
South Manchester University Hospitals NHS TrustElectronic Patient Records and Picture Archiving and Communication SystemYes--
Tameside Acute Services NHS TrustElectronic Patient RecordsYes--
Trent1Scunthorpe and Goole Hospitals NHS TrustPathology system--Yes
West Midlands1Wolverhampton Health Care NHS TrustRadiology/Picture Archiving and Communication System--Yes
South East1Kettering General Hospital NHS TrustElectronic Patient RecordsYes--

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