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Mr. Lammy: The rules are set out in regulations (13) and (14) of the National Health Service Trusts (Membership and Procedure) Regulations 1990 (SI No. 2024). Chairs and non-executives board members of trusts are appointed by the National Health Service appointments commission. However, vice chairs are appointed from amongst the non-executives by all the other directors of the trust.
(3) if he will list, in rank order of health authority, the proportion of patients waiting a year or more for in-patient treatment (a) at the latest available date and (b) 12 months ago. 
The table shows the equivalent figures at health authority level ranked in descending order for both March 2001 and March 2002. The table includes the ten health authorities that have the highest percentage of patients waiting more than one year for elective admission.
|Percentage of patients waiting over 1 year
||Health Authority||March 2001||March 2002
||South and West Devon HA||6||5
||East Kent HA||6||5
||North Cheshire HA||9||5
||East Surrey HA||10||5
||Redbridge and Waltham Forest HA||8||4
||West Sussex HA||10||4
||West Surrey HA||10||4
||Cornwall and Isles of Scilly HA||6||4
||Barking and Havering HA||5||4
||East Sussex Brighton and Hove HA||6||4
||Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham HA||9||4
||Merton, Sutton and Wandsworth HA||6||3
||North and Mid Hampshire HA||5||3
||Salford and Trafford HA||6||3
||Isle of Wight HA||6||3
||Southampton and SW Hampshire HA||8||3
||West Kent HA||7||3
||Kingston and Richmond HA||5||3
||East Riding and Hull HA||1||3
||North Essex HA||6||2
||East London and City HA||4||2
||Ealing, Hammersmith and Hounslow HA||5||2
||South Cheshire HA||4||2
||East Lancashire HA||1||2
||Brent and Harrow HA||5||2
||St Helens and Knowsley HA||4||2
||Wigan and Bolton HA||3||2
||Camden and Islington HA||4||2
||North West Lancashire HA||1||1
||Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster HA||2||1
||Morecambe Bay HA||2||1
||Bury and Rochdale HA||2||1
||South Essex HA||3||1
||South Lancashire HA||4||1
||West Pennine HA||2||1
||North and East Devon HA||6||1
||North Nottinghamshire HA||1||0
||North Derbyshire HA||0||0
||South Humber HA||0||0
||Calderdale and Kirklees HA||0||0
||North Yorkshire HA||0||0
||Southern Derbyshire HA||1||0
||South Staffordshire HA||5||0
||North Staffordshire HA||5||0
||North Cumbria HA||2||0
||County Durham and Darlington HA||0||0
||Gateshead and South Tyneside HA||0||0
||Newcastle and North Tyneside HA||1||0
||Bexley and Greenwich HA||6||.
||EandN Hertfordshire HA||6||.
||Enfield and Haringey HA||7||.
||Portsmouth and SE Hampshire HA||6||.
||West Hertfordshire HA||7||.
Department of Health form QF01.
"." denotes not applicable.
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Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many visits have been made by patient environment action teams since their inception; which hospital trusts have been visited; and what improvements have been registered by hospital trusts visited by patient environment action teams. 
Mr. Lammy [holding answer 18 July 2002]: Since publication of the NHS Plan, patient environment action teams (PEATs) teams have undertaken four rounds of assessment visits to acute National Health Service trusts. The first was made in Autumn 2000 to "spot check" the quality of the patient environment, validate the trusts' action plans, and identify what work still needed to be done to raise standards. Subsequent visits were made during Spring and Autumn 2001 and Spring 2002, to assess improvements made and to determine whether trusts had been successful in bringing standards up to a higher level.
PEAT visits have largely concentrated on the acute sector and assessments have taken place at all of the acute trusts; some of the larger mental health units have also been assessed. To date a total of 1,289 unannounced inspections have been carried out. Details of all the trusts' including examples of advancements in improvements made, can be found in "The NHS PlanClean Hospitals" report which can be located on the clean hospitals web site at www.cleanhospitals.com
The clean hospitals' programme has been a clear success and has had a significant impact on standards of cleanliness, decoration and supporting services. Patient areas, visitors' toilets, outpatients and accident and emergency units have been thoroughly cleaned and maintained. Many have been refurbished and redecorated. Trusts have increased resources devoted to maintaining standards of cleanlinesssome have employed additional cleaning staff, others have increased the frequency with which their hospitals are cleaned. There are now no hospitals in England where cleaning standards are found to be less than acceptable.
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Dr. Evan Harris: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the bed occupancy rate in acute wards in (a) England, (b) each region and (c) each NHS trust was in each of the last six years, including the most recent year for which figures are available. 
Mr. Hutton: Information on the average occupancy rate for beds in acute wards in each National Health Service trust, NHS region and England from 199697 to 200001 is available from the Department's website at www.doh.gov.uk/hospitalactivity199697 is the first year information on occupied beds was collected.
Mr. Blunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what process is available to inform doctors and patients as to the state of the waiting lists for (a) neurophysiology and (b) MRI scanning in the Surrey and Sussex Health Authority area; 
(3) how many full-time neurologists there are per 100,000 of population in (a) the Surrey and Sussex Health Authority area and (b) the rest of England; 
(4) how many patients in (a) the Surrey and Sussex Health Authority area and (b) the rest of England have not had the treatment to address neurological conditions as recommended by their doctors. 
Ms Blears: Information is not held centrally on the numbers of patients who have not had neurological treatment recommended by their doctors. Surrey and Sussex Health Authority has advised me that waiting times for non-urgent neurophysiology tests are longer at Hurstwood Park Neurological centre than the other service providers in London, although an urgent or priority request is dealt with on the same day or within 12 days depending on clinical priority. Waiting times for magnetic resonance imaging scans are also determined by the urgency of the case. Close links are maintained between local consultants and specialist service providers so information on waiting times is readily available, allowing patients to be kept informed of the expected waiting time for their treatment.
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|As at 30 September 2001||Numbers|
|Surrey and Sussex(81)||10||0.4|
Department of Health 2001 medical and dental workforce census.
(81) Includes East Surrey HA, West Surrey HA, East Sussex, Brighton and Hove HA, West Sussex HA.
The Department fully supports the need for an increase in the number of neurologists. Indeed, recommendations by the medical workforce review team are for the numbers of consultants in Neurology to grow by some 50 per cent. by 2010, from 326 in 2001 to 496 in 2010.
Workforce has been recognised as key to the successful delivery of the NHS Plan and the national service frameworks. New national workforce planning and development structures have been set up to help deliver a multidisciplinary and integrated health and social care workforce to support service improvement.
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