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Hospital Trust Boards

Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what rules govern the appointment of vice-chairs for hospital trust boards. [71869]

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.

Inpatient Waiting Times

Virginia Bottomley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what percentage of patients waiting for inpatient treatment have been waiting over one year; [71911]

Mr. Hutton: Two per cent. of patients were waiting over one year for elective admission at 31 March 2002. This is the latest available data on a health authority basis.

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.

All health authorities have patients waiting more than nine months as at March 2002.

Percentage of patients waiting over 1 year for elective admission: Health Authorities England

Percentage of patients waiting over 1 year
Health AuthorityMarch 2001March 2002
South and West Devon HA65
Avon HA75
East Kent HA65
North Cheshire HA95
East Surrey HA105
Northamptonshire HA54
Bromley HA54
Redbridge and Waltham Forest HA84
West Sussex HA104
Wiltshire HA64
West Surrey HA104
Cornwall and Isles of Scilly HA64
Stockport HA34
Barking and Havering HA54
East Sussex Brighton and Hove HA64
Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham HA94
Croydon HA104
Barnet HA44
Merton, Sutton and Wandsworth HA63
Buckinghamshire HA53
North and Mid Hampshire HA53
Worcestershire HA43
Bedfordshire HA73
Norfolk HA53
Hertfordshire HA.3
Salford and Trafford HA63
Suffolk HA43
Isle of Wight HA63
Southampton and SW Hampshire HA83
West Kent HA73
Kingston and Richmond HA53
Manchester HA73
Somerset HA23
East Riding and Hull HA13
North Essex HA62
East London and City HA42
Berkshire HA32
Ealing, Hammersmith and Hounslow HA52
South Cheshire HA42
Cambridgeshire HA42
Hillingdon HA52
East Lancashire HA12
Liverpool HA42
Brent and Harrow HA52
St Helens and Knowsley HA42
Wigan and Bolton HA32
Camden and Islington HA42
North West Lancashire HA11
Sefton HA51
Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster HA21
Morecambe Bay HA21
Coventry HA11
Gloucestershire HA11
Bury and Rochdale HA21
South Essex HA31
South Lancashire HA41
Wirral HA31
Oxfordshire HA41
West Pennine HA21
North and East Devon HA61
Lincolnshire HA41
Solihull HA00
Sheffield HA10
Warwickshire HA10
Nottingham HA10
North Nottinghamshire HA10
North Derbyshire HA00
South Humber HA00
Calderdale and Kirklees HA00
Shropshire HA40
Leeds HA10
Rotherham HA00
Herefordshire HA40
North Yorkshire HA00
Southern Derbyshire HA10
Barnsley HA00
Dorset HA00
South Staffordshire HA50
Bradford HA00
Leicestershire HA20
North Staffordshire HA50
Doncaster HA00
Wakefield HA20
Birmingham HA10
North Cumbria HA20
Tees HA00
County Durham and Darlington HA00
Dudley HA20
Gateshead and South Tyneside HA00
Newcastle and North Tyneside HA10
Northumberland HA10
Sandwell HA10
Sunderland HA00
Walsall HA10
Wolverhampton HA10
Bexley and Greenwich HA6.
EandN Hertfordshire HA6.
Enfield and Haringey HA7.
Portsmouth and SE Hampshire HA6.
West Hertfordshire HA7.


Department of Health form QF01.


"." denotes not applicable.

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Patient Environment Action Teams

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. [71089]

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 Plan—Clean Hospitals" report which can be located on the clean hospitals web site at

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 cleanliness—some 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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Acute Wards

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. [70240]

Mr. Hutton: Information on the average occupancy rate for beds in acute wards in each National Health Service trust, NHS region and England from 1996–97 to 2000–01 is available from the Department's website at—1996–97 is the first year information on occupied beds was collected.

Surrey and Sussex Health Authority

Mr. Blunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps are being taken by the Surrey and Sussex Health Authority to avoid manipulation of the waiting lists at hospitals in its area. [70343]

Ms Blears: Surrey and Sussex Health Authority has introduced a number of procedures to review waiting list data on a weekly, monthly and quarterly basis; on both Trust and population basis.

The health authority will be working closely with all health organisations in its area to ensure they are fully supported in achieving performance targets.

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; [70342]

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 1–2 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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Information held centrally on the number of Neurologists per 100,000 population is as follows:

Hospital medical consultants, working full time within the neurology specialty

As at 30 September 2001Numbers
Numbers per
of which
Surrey and Sussex(81)100.4


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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