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Mr. Burns: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to introduce standardised, mandatory training for (a) doctors and (b) surgeons in the use of re-usable surgical instruments. 
Mr. Hutton: The Specialist Training Authority (STA) of the medical Royal Colleges is the competent authority responsible for specialist medical training within the United Kingdom. Working with the individual medical Royal Colleges, the STA approves the curriculum for training in each specialty.
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Yvette Cooper: Recent information on prevalence of Hodgkin's disease is not available. The number of registrations of newly diagnosed cases of Hodgkin's disease in England in 1998 (the latest year for which figures are available) were 675 in males and 512 in females.
|West Midlands RO|
|North Staffordshire HA||196|
|South Staffordshire HA||261|
|West Midland total||2,104|
(24) UPEs include GMS unrestricted principals, PMS contracted GPs and PMS salaried GPs.
Department of Health General and Personal Medical Services StatisticsFebruary 2002.
In order to work in the United Kingdom foreign nurses have to be registered with the United Kingdom Central Council for Nursing Midwifery and Health Visiting (UKCC). The UKCC register differentiates between nurses trained in the European Community and those trained elsewhere. Data for the last three years where analysis have been published are in the table.
|Year to 31 March 1998||Year to 31 March 1999||Year to 31 March 2000|
|EC initial entrants||1,439||1,412||1,416|
|Overseas initial entrants||2,861||3,568||5,967|
UKCC statistical analysis of the professional register
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(3) what plans he has to ensure that all post-mortems on cot death babies are conducted by a paediatric pathologist. 
Yvette Cooper: Families affected by the tragedy of cot death, also known as sudden infant death syndrome, receive help from a range of health and social care professionals. We are looking at ways in which a uniform approach to offering support, incorporating the best elements of current practice, can be further developed. As a part of this process we have invested £28 million over the last three years to modernise pathology services, also we are committed to increasing the number of pathologists, including those within paediatric pathology.
Jacqui Smith: Information collected in Quarter 2 of 200102 (September 2001) showed a rate of delayed discharge of 6.5 per cent. (proportion of beds occupied by patients whose discharge is delayed) in the London Region.
|Northern and Yorkshire||5.6|
We are investing an additional £300 million over this year and next as part of a radical 'cash for change' programme. This is aimed at further reducing delayed discharges and targeted on the areas with the most serious problems.
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Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many delayed discharges there were in the Portsmouth, Isle of Wight and South East Hampshire NHS Trusts in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999 and (d) 2000. 
Ms Blears [holding answer 11 December 2001]: Information collected centrally on delayed discharges for the years 19972000 in the Isle of Wight health authority and Portsmouth and South East Hampshire health authority areas has been placed in the Library. Information is also available for Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and South East Hampshire health authority, which was formed in April 2001.
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 15 October 2001, Official Report, column 1036W, what the five predominant reasons for delayed discharge of those over 75 years of age were (a) in number of cases for each reason and (b) as a percentage for (i) Q3 200001, (ii) Q4 200001 and (iii) Q1 200002, by (A) region and (B) health authority. 
Jacqui Smith [holding answer 19 December 2001]: The information requested has been placed in the Library. This does not include information requested on quarter 1 200102 figures for those over 75 years of age, since from April 2001 figures on reasons for delay are only collected on the basis of patients of all ages. The information has been supplied for patients of all ages in quarter 1 200102.
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 15 October 2001, Official Report, column 1036W, what the average length of delay for those over 75 years of age was in (a) Q3 200001, (b) Q4 200001 and (c) Q1 200102, by (i) region and (ii) health authority. 
Jacqui Smith: [holding answer 19 December 2001]: No information was collected centrally about the length of delay for patients with delayed discharge until the first quarter of 200102. The information on the breakdown in length of delay for patients of all ages in quarter 1 of 200102 has been placed in the Library.
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 15 October 2001, Official Report, column 1036W, on delayed discharges, if he will set out (a) by region and (b) by health authority the mortality rate for those readmitted over 75 years of age (i) in re-admission and (ii) within 30 days of readmission in (A) Q3 200001, (B) Q4 200001, and (C) Q1 200102. 
Jacqui Smith: In September 1999 the rate of delayed discharge for patients over 75 was 12.8 per cent., while in September 2001 the comparable figure was 12.1 per cent. To increase the reduction further we are investing an
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additional £300 million over this year and next as part of a radical 'cash for change' programme in England. This is aimed at further reducing delayed discharges and targeted on the areas with the most serious problems.
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