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Free Personal Care

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to evaluate the implementation of free personal care; and whether the views of self-funding residents will be sought. [69553]

Jacqui Smith [holding answer 12 July 2002]: The decision to make personal care free was taken by the Scottish Executive, and the evaluation of that policy will be a matter for the Scottish Executive.

Mid-Essex Hospital Trust

Mr. Burns: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people (a) were waiting for in-patient

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treatment, (b) had been waiting for over 12 months for in-patient treatment and (c) had been waiting over 15 months for in-patient treatment, in the Mid-Essex Hospital Trust area in the last two months for which figures are available. [69029]

Mr. Lammy [pursuant to his reply, 11 July 2002, c. 1208W]: I regret that my previous reply was incorrect. It should read:

The latest available information on in-patients and day cases waiting for treatment at the Mid-Essex Hospital National Health Service Trust are shown in the table:

End of April 2002End of May 2002
For in-patient treatment and day case treatment9,8749,986
Waiting over 12 months269232
Waiting over 15 months00


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