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Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the bodies responsible for disciplinary matters in the (a) medical profession, (b) nursing profession and (c) other professions allied to medicine or associated with healthcare. 
Mr. Hutton: Disciplinary matters in the national health service are dealt with by managers at a local level in the first instance. Some consultant doctors have a right of appeal to my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State against dismissal; the NHS Plan made a commitment to remove this. General practitioners can appeal to a Family Health Services Appeal Authority (FHSAA) against a decision that they have breached their terms of service. A separate NHS Tribunal decides if a GP can be suspended or disqualified. The NHS Tribunal will be abolished later this year and its powers transferred to health authorities, with a right of appeal to an independent FHSAA.
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Mr. Hutton: There are no current plans to move away from the annual pay round. We are keeping under review the possibility of longer-term pay deals where these would be of benefit to the national health service.
Mr. Hutton: Local authorities are responsible for the regulation of residential care homes provided by national health service trusts. Both local authorities and health authorities are currently responsible for the regulation of private health social care services depending on whether personal care, nursing care or both are provided in such settings. This responsibility will be taken over by the National Care Standards Commission (NCSC) from 1 April 2002. NHS care homes providing nursing come within the scope of the Commission for Health Improvement (CHI). We expect the NCSC and CHI to work together to ensure that consistent standards are applied across these services.
Mr. Hutton: The NHS Plan, published in July 2000, sets out our plans to reduce maximum in-patient waiting times from 18 months now to 15 months by March 2002. Maximum in-patient waiting times will continue to fall to six months by March 2005.
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list in (a) rank and (b) alphabetical order of NHS trust in London region, the (i) proportion and (ii) number of patients waiting (A) over 12 months and (B) over 18 months or more for in-patient treatment (1) at the latest available date, (2) in March 1997 and (3) in June 1997. 
Mr. Hutton: Since the start of the waiting list initiative in 1998 London has made very significant progress. In-patient waiting lists have fallen by a quarter from 216,000 to 159,000. This marks the largest reduction in the country.
Furthermore, since March 1998 the number of patients in London waiting over 12 months for treatment has reduced by nearly half from 17,500 to 9,500 and, before the end of March 2002 no patient should be waiting over 15 months for treatment.
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Mr. Hutton: Data are not collected on the number of out-patients waiting as a result of inter-consultant referrals. Data are collected only on the number of first out-patient referrals from general practitioners.
Mr. Hutton: The national health service Leadership Centre forms part of the NHS Modernisation Agency which was established in April 2001. Barbara Harris is the Director of the Leadership Centre and is accountable to David Fillingham, Director of the NHS Modernisation Agency who in turn is accountable to Nigel Crisp, Permanent Secretary of the Department of Health and Chief Executive of the NHS.
An interim senior management structure is in place for the Leadership Centre comprising staff from the pre-existing NHS Leadership Programme, and clinicians and managers on secondment from the NHS and the Department of Health. A permanent structure will be finalised early in 2002.
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there are on the range of hospitals patients can choose to utilise, should their operations be cancelled at the last minute and not rescheduled within 28 days. 
Mr. Hutton: From April 2002, when a patient's operation is cancelled by the hospital on the day of surgery for non-clinical reasons, the hospital will have to offer another binding date within a maximum of the next 28 days or fund the patient's treatment at the time and the hospital of the patient's choice. Patients may choose national health service or private treatment and the NHS will fund the operation. Trusts will met the cost from their existing budgets.
Mr. Hutton: There is no absolute standard that states that trusts must have a maximum of four beds in a ward bay. National Health Service Estates issues guidance on design of wards and departments, and this suggests a number of possible configurations, including multi-bed bays and single rooms. Health Building Note 4 states
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