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and Southlands Hospitals Trust; and, of these, how many have been recruited from overseas and from which countries. 
|Total nursing staff recruited||Overseas recruitment (percentage)|
|200102||(34)221||(35),(36)67 overseas nurses (30 per cent.)|
(32) Of which 72 were nurse assistants.
(33) Philippines 12 per cent.
(34) Of which 59 were nurse assistants.
(36) 2South Africa.
Worthing and Southlands Hospitals NHS Trust.
Ms Blears [holding answer 29 April 2002]: The Kent and Medway health authority considered the options for the configuration of acute services in East Kent on 16 April. Their recommendations will be put to Ministers shortly.
Ms Blears [holding answer 29 April 2002]: It is for the new Kent and Medway strategic health authority to determine if senior posts, currently vacant, should be filled during the period of the review of ambulance services.
As the hon. Member is aware, health authorities, together with their primary care trusts, will review the position of their local ambulance services. They will make recommendations to the director of health and social care for the south, by September 2002, about how ambulance services should be organised in the future.
Ms Blears [holding answer 29 April 2002]: As announced on 15 January 2002, health authorities, together with their primary care trusts, will review the position of their local ambulance services. They will make recommendations to the director of health and social care for the south, by September 2002, about how ambulance services should be organised in the future.
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(3) what mechanisms exist within the NHS to ensure that nursing care outside hospital is free. 
Jacqui Smith: Guidance was issued to the national health service and to councils with social service responsibilities on 25 September 2001 under cover of HSC 2001/17: LAC (2001)26. The National Health Service (Nursing Care in Residential Accommodation) (England) Directions 2001 direct the national health service to carry out these functions. Copies of the guidance and the directions are in the Library.
From 1 October 2001, the NHS became responsible for determining the need for care by a registered nurse of all people who pay the full costs of their nursing care themselves and for arranging payments to nursing homes. Budget responsibilities lie with the nursing home co-ordinator and professional responsibilities with a lead nurse. From that date nobody should have to pay for the care that they need from a registered nurse. This corrects the anomaly of people in a nursing home having to pay for the care from a registered nurse that would have been provided free of charge in any other setting.
All new residents entering homes after that date will have had their needs reviewed within three months and 12 months thereafter. It is open to anyonethe resident, their family or the nursing hometo seek a review of any determination made if they feel it does not accurately reflect the person's need for a registered nurse. The lead nurse may arrange for a further determination to be carried out. If anyone remains dissatisfied, the matter can be referred to the health authority's continuing care panel for a decision to be reviewed.
Residents of nursing homes should have access to services from the NHS and local authorities on the same basis as they would if they were in any other setting. Local authorities continue to be able to charge for some of the services that they provide. For residents of care homes providing residential care and those receiving care in their own home, NHS services are provided free of charge directly by the community nursing service. In the case of nursing home residents, nursing homes are paid for the care from a registered nurse that a person needs and which they provide.
Yvette Cooper [holding answer 28 February 2002]: The Government have recommended continually since 1953 that BCG vaccine should be routinely offered to all school children aged 10 to 14. These recommendations are set out in the book "Immunisation against infectious disease" (1996).
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The national schools BCG programme resumed in March 2001 following a period of suspension from September 1999 due to limited supplies of the vaccine. However, routine BCG vaccine is currently not being offered to school children in Oxford, Avon and York/Selby.
Mr. Hutton: The Department issued guidance on 21 March 2002 which sets out a number of initiatives that are designed to speed up private finance initiative (PFI) procurement and ensure that the national health service obtains the best value from the current market.
Provisional information provided by health authorities indicates that sufficient numbers of non-principals had applied to join supplementary lists, at 31 March, to maintain the existing level of support provided by this section of the work force to General Medical Services.
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by 2005 no one should wait longer than two months from urgent general practitioner referral to beginning cancer treatment except for a good clinical reason or through patient choice. This target period includes the time for necessary diagnostic tests including endoscopy. Data collection on the waiting times to treatment targets will be introduced as we roll out the cancer plan waiting times targets.
£2.5 million over three years has been made available within the national cancer plan to train more GPs, nurses, surgeons and gastroenterologists to meet the rising demand for endoscopy. This training will increase the number of diagnostic investigations that will be able to be carried out as an aid to diagnosis for patients with suspected cancer.
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