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Ms Drown: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what maternity statistics the Government plan to publish; and by what means and when user organisations will be involved in discussions on this. 
Yvette Cooper: The third in the series of statistical bulletins "NHS Maternity Statistics, England", covering data for the years 199899 to 200001, was published in April 2002. This contained similar information to that in the second bulletin, "NHS Maternity Statistics, England", 199596 to 199798, which is available in the Library and also on the website at http://www.doh.gov.uk/ public/sb0114.htm.
The NHS Maternity Statistics bulletin is produced by the Department and summarises information from the Hospital Episodes (HES) System relating to NHS maternities in England. It contains information such as labour onset method and delivery method, including caesarean rates, at hospital/trust level. It also has regional information about the place of delivery, length of stay in hospital, use of episiotomy, type of anaesthetic used, and national information for numbers of singleton and multiple deliveries by birthweight and gestation and day of week of delivery. Tables also show percentages of pregnancies and deliveries with antenatal and postnatal problems by diagnosis and delivery method and similar tables for problems with the newborn.
The first bulletin was published in December 1997 and covered the first six years of maternity HES 198990 to 199495. The second bulletin published in June 2001 covered data for the next three years 199596 to 199798. Data for 199899 to 200001 was published in April 2002. It is expected that the bulletin will then be published annually.
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Information on national health service instruments destroyed or removed from general circulation is not routinely collected. Nevertheless, based on Panel advice to date, the Department is aware of the destruction of three pairs of NHS forceps, together valued at approximately £100. This does not take account of action taken by individual trusts on their own initiative in cases where the panel's advice has not been formally sought.
Jacqui Smith: The Department will review the effectiveness of the over-75 health check, and the relationship to the single assessment process for older people, in the light of results from comprehensive research commissioned by the Department and the Medical Research Council. Findings will be reported in 2003.
|Over 18 months||Over 15 months||Over 12 months|
|Reduction on 1997 (percentage)||||||100|
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Ms Blears: The NHS Plan recognises that we live in a diverse society and sets out as core principles that the national health service will shape its services around the needs of the patient, be responsive to the needs of different groups and individuals within society and challenge discrimination on the grounds of age, gender, ethnicity, religion, disability and sexuality.
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The NHS Plan sets out a target of having translation and interpreting services available throughout the country by 2003. The Department has designated NHS Direct as the gateway to the whole NHS for those whose first language is not English by 2003. These services will be a pivotal building block in achieving the patient-centred services envisaged in the NHS Plan and the targets set in the national service frameworks. The development of telephone based support via NHS Direct and organisations such as language line (used in the NHS walk-in centres) offer alternatives to help with the delivery of languages needed in a co-ordinated way.
Also, the NHS Plan includes a commitment that from 2002 it will be a pre-condition of qualification to delivering care in the NHS, that an individual has demonstrated competence in communications with patients. Plans to deliver on this target include the development of core curriculum in communication skills.
Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average response times were for the medical services to reach an accident on (a) a motorway and (b) an A-road in each of the last three years. 
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the functions of his Department that have been (a) market tested and (b) outsourced in each of the last five years, specifying the (i) money saving and (ii) percentage saving in each case. 
Market testing was subsequently replaced by Better Quality Services (BQS) initiative in July 1998, which was introduced to ensure that all services provided by central Government are regularly reviewed and that action is taken to achieve improvements.
|Royal Shrewsbury Hospital NHS Trust||50,947||53,611||53,845||54,489|
|Princess Royal Hospital NHS Trust||23,288||24,311||25,660||26,418|
|Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust||7,148||8,431||8,832||9,307|
|Shropshire Community and Mental Health Services NHS Trust||1,680||4,449||4,297||4,301|
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Jacqui Smith: Information on the whole-time equivalent number of staff employed by councils with social services responsibilities in England in relation to child and family support services at 30 September 2001 is shown in the table. These figures exclude central and strategic staff and certain other categories of staff who provide more generic services across the range of council responsibilities. No information is available centrally on the numbers of people in the private and voluntary sectors who are providing services to children and families on behalf of councils with social services responsibilities.
|Type of staff||Number|
|Area office staff (including social work staff)||21,380|
|Day care staff|
|Nurseries and play groups||2,260|
|Residential care staff|
|Children with learning disabilities||2,045|
|Community homes for children looked after||8,685|
Form SSDS001, annual return of staff employed in social services departments made by local authorities to the Department of Health.
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