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Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nurses were (a) employed by the NHS, (b) recruited and (c) left the NHS in (i) 1993, (ii) 1997 and (iii) 2001. 
Mr. Hutton: The number of nurses employed by the National Health Service in 1993, 1997 and 2000 is shown in the table.
A new system of classification of the non-medical workforce was introduced in 1995. Therefore, the figure given for 1993 is not comparable with those collected after this date.
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Information regarding the number of nurses recruited into and leaving the NHS is not collected centrally.
Figures are rounded to the nearest ten
A new classification of the non-medical workforce was introduced in 1995. Information based on this classification is not directly comparable with earlier years
Department of Health Non-Medical Workforce Census
Department of Health General and Personal Medical Services Statistics
Dr. Evan Harris: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the in-patient waiting list is, expressed as per 1,000 head of weighted population, for (a) each health authority and (b) in total in England for the last two years for which figures are available. 
Mr. Hutton: The number of in-patients waiting at end March 2001 and March 2000 are shown in the table, (March 2001 data are the most recent data available).
|Health authority||March 2001||March 2000|
|Barking and Havering||24.8||25.8|
|Bexley and Greenwich||17.0||19.0|
|Brent and Harrow||17.1||17.6|
|Bury and Rochdale||22.1||22.9|
|Calderdale and Kirklees||16.8||18.9|
|Camden and Islington||10.5||12.1|
|Cornwall and Isles of Scilly||24.6||25.1|
|County Durham and Darlington||16.5||17.4|
|East and North Hertfordshire||24.4||26.3|
|Ealing, Hammersmith and Hounslow||16.6||18.0|
|East London and City||14.4||14.4|
|East Riding and Hull||20.1||20.4|
|East Sussex, Brighton and Hove||23.2||23.7|
|Enfield and Haringey||19.9||19.7|
|Gateshead and South Tyneside||18.5||19.8|
|Isle of Wight||24.8||25.7|
|Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster||8.5||9.2|
|Kingston and Richmond||20.7||18.6|
|Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham||17.9||19.2|
|Merton, Sutton and Wandsworth||15.1||15.3|
|Newcastle and North Tyneside||13.9||15.0|
|North and East Devon||23.7||23.3|
|North and Mid Hampshire||22.3||22.3|
|North West Lancashire||22.2||22.9|
|Portsmouth and South East Hampshire||20.6||19.7|
|Redbridge and Waltham Forest||22.5||23.8|
|Salford and Trafford||24.0||25.8|
|South and West Devon||21.8||23.1|
|Southampton and South West Hamptonshire||26.4||28.1|
|St. Helens and Knowsley||23.3||23.6|
|Wigan and Bolton||21.2||22.7|
Population is weighted for age, additional need (over and above that accounted for by age) and variations in the unavoidable cost of providing healthcare (market forces factor etc.)
QF01 waiting times returns/FD Resource Allocation 2 population data
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Dr. Evan Harris: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) cancelled operations in total, (b) operations cancelled on the day of operation and
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(c) operations cancelled and not readmitted within one month there were in each health authority in England in each quarter during the last two years for which figures are available. 
Mr. Hutton: The latest published figures are for quarter one 200102. Copies of quarterly statistics on cancelled operations by health authority for the last two years are available in the Library.
Data are collected on the number of operations cancelled at the last minute. Data are not broken down into whether the operation was cancelled on the day of surgery or the day of admission to hospital.
Mr. Simmonds: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to recruit (a) general consultants and (b) consultants in neurology in rural areas. 
Mr. Hutton: The NHS plan states there will be 7,500 more consultants in post in 2004 than in 1999. By September 2000 the number of consultants in post had already increased by 1,100 to around 24,300. The national health service is currently drawing up plans by specialty to deliver the rest of the increase, a further 6,400 posts by 2004. We will ensure that these plans target areas of the country which are under-doctored relative to their weighted population.
In 2000 the number of consultant neurologists was 688, an increase of 31 (4.7 per cent.) over 1999. As well as the NHS plan consultant increases we aim to achieve a 54 per cent. expansion in training neurology specialists by 2010.
Mr. Steinberg: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many private beds were available in each of the last five years; 
Mr. Hutton: The table sets out the number of independent acute medical and surgical hospitals and beds in the United Kingdom from 1997 to 2001.
Laing's Healthcare Market Review 20012001, Laing and Buisson
Mr. Steinberg: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients have been admitted to NHS hospitals from non-NHS hospitals in the last five years. 
Mr. Hutton: The table sets out the number of admissions from non-national health service run hospitals to NHS trusts in England, 199596 to 19992000.
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(12) A breakdown by type of non-NHS institution was not available prior to 199697, so the figure for 199596 is for total admissions to NHS trusts from non-NHS institutions, including, but not exclusively, hospitals.
Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), Department of Health
Mr. Swayne: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if chiropodists and podiatrists in private practice will be represented on the Health Professions Council; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Hutton: All registered professionals, whether they work in the private sector or not, will be represented on the new council. The council will also be able to recruit additional members to its committees including its professional advisory panels, and will be encouraged to cover all sectors of the professions.
Mr. Swayne: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if podiatrists and chiropodists in private practice will be recognised for the purposes of state registration; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Hutton: The new Health Professions Council will determine arrangements for the admission to its register for each of the professions it regulates. Chiropodists and podiatrists who meet the council's standards for registration will be recognised as state registered.
Special transitional arrangements will enable those whose training and competence do not meet the council's standards to be recognised for registration purposes.
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