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Mr. Hutton: Currently the GP Bulletin is circulated to all general practitioners in England. Around 50 per cent. of GPs receive "The Bulletin" electronically, the remainder receive it by hard copy distribution.
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Mr. Pollard: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will introduce a right of appeal for a patient against a decision made by an internal NHS inquiry following a complaint against a medical practitioner; and if he will make a statement. 
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Mr. Hutton: The national health service complaints procedure already contains an independent review element if a complainant is not happy with the initial response to their complaint at local resolution. A complainant also has the option of complaining to the health service ombudsman if they are not happy with the response of the NHS to their complaint.
|Whole-time equivalents||Per 100,000 population||Headcount||Per 100,000 population|
|QC1 South Lancashire HA||80||20||90||30|
|QC2 Liverpool HA||120||30||150||30|
|QC3 Manchester HA||120||30||140||30|
|QC4 Morecambe Bay HA||70||20||80||30|
|QC5 St. Helen's and Knowsley HA||50||10||50||10|
|QC6 Salford and Trafford HA||100||20||120||30|
|QC7 Sefton HA||50||20||70||20|
|QC8 Stockport HA||110||40||150||50|
|QC9 West Pennine HA||110||20||130||30|
|QCT Bury and Rochdale HA||110||30||140||30|
|QCV North Cheshire HA||130||40||150||50|
|QCW South Cheshire HA||130||20||180||30|
|QCX East Lancashire HA||150||30||190||40|
|QCY North West Lancashire HA||90||20||100||20|
|QDA Wigan and Bolton HA||140||20||160||30|
|QDC Wirral HA||50||20||60||20|
1. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.
2. Due to rounding totals may not equal the sum of component parts.
3. Figures exclude learners and agency staff.
Department of Health Non-Medical Workforce Census
Office for National Statistics (ONS)
Ms Blears: We are committed to reducing waiting times in accident and emergency departments. The NHS Plan set the target to reduce the maximum wait in accident and emergency from arrival to admission, transfer or discharge to four hours by 2004.
Over 12-hour trolley waits have been reduced by over 50 per cent. since 1999 and over 24-hour waits have been virtually eliminated. The NHS is on track to meet the four-hour target, currently 77 per cent. of all accident and emergency attenders spend four hours or less in accident and emergency.
Mr. Hurst: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were waiting for a first appointment with a consultant at Broomfield hospital, Chelmsford, Essex in June (a) 1999, (b) 2000 and (c) 2001. 
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Source: QM08 quarterly return waiting times collection.
Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients died (a) in transfer between hospitals and (b) in NHS transport to hospital in the last year for which information is available, broken down by (i) the health authority responsible for the transport involved, (ii) the length of journey by distance, (iii) the condition for which treatment was to be provided and (iv) the type of transport involved. 
Ms Blears: [holding answer 12 February 2002]: All NHS direct nurse advisers are qualified nurses with several years of front-line experience. They receive a supplementary three-day intensive programme of training to develop their competence in the identification of mental health problems over the telephone which includes assessment of risk of self-harm or suicide. In addition, they are given on-site supervision by a senior mental health nurse; they utilise an interactive CD Rom based training package designed to enhance their general knowledge and understanding of mental health issues, and they attend regular refresher courses.
(3)what proportion of outpatients in the East Kent health authority area are being treated in community hospitals. 
Mr. Waterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many operations were cancelled at the Eastbourne District General Hospital in each of the last 60 months for which figures are available. 
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Ms Blears: Data on cancelled operations were not collected by National Health Service Trust prior to this year (200102). The information is available only for quarters and the figures for Eastbourne Hospitals NHS Trust are shown in the table.
|Quarter||Last minute cancellations for non clinical reasons|
D of H formsQMNG
Mr. Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when he will reply to the letter to him dated 3 October from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr. J Titterington; 
Ms Blears: A reply was sent to my right hon. Friend's letter of 3 October regarding his constituent Mr. Titterington on 19 November. I apologise for the delay in replying to my right hon. Friend's letter. The initial draft reply did require amendments and there was also a need to liaise with the Home Office due to the subject area.
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