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Mr. Baron: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many midwives (a) left and (b) entered the profession in each of the last six years in (a) London and (b) each region; what the turnover rate was in each case; and what the average age of a practising midwife was in each case; 
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(4) what the three-month midwifery vacancy rates were in each of the last six years in each (a) strategic health authority and (b) Government region area; and how many staff were in post in each case, broken down by (i) whole-time equivalent and (ii) headcount; 
(5) how many and what percentage of midwives working in the NHS were (a) full-time and (b) part-time in each of the last six years. 
Mr. Hutton [holding answer 15 December 2003]: Information on the number of midwives leaving and entering the profession, the average period that a midwife has worked in the profession before leaving, and the average overtime worked by a midwife is not collected centrally.
Information on the average age of a practising midwife in London and each region and the number and percentage of midwives working in the National Health Service who were full-time and part-time in each of the last six years has been placed in the Library.
Information on the rate of vacancies for midwives lasting three months or more since 1999 by Government Office for the Region, and since 2002, the first year the data was collected by strategic health authority, and a breakdown of staff in post in each case, broken down by whole-time equivalent and headcount has also been placed in the Library.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether student midwives will continue to have their liability for tuition fees met on their behalf by the NHS, without means testing, regardless of any increase in the level of fee. 
Mr. Hutton: Existing contracts for midwifery training between strategic health authorities and higher education institutions cover the full cost of training, including the personal tuition fee. The consultation document, "Funding Learning and Development for the Healthcare Workforce", sets out our proposal for a national model contract. It is intended that this contract for national health service-funded pre-registration courses, to be introduced from 1 April 2004, will specifically prohibit the charging of top-up fees to students. If, under the proposed top-up fee arrangements, the existing tuition fee continues to be levied on students, then it will continue to be met by the NHS without means testing.
Mr. Baron: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will list all the National Health statistics which the Government has decided no longer to (a) collect and (b) publish during the last three years; 
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(4) if he will list the national health statistics which the Government is considering no longer collecting or publishing; and which of these are undergoing a consultation process at present to assess the value of continuing to collect them. 
Mr. Hutton [holding answer 15 December 2003]: The Department is committed to minimising the burden on national health service and social care staff of collecting information while ensuring that information required to monitor performance and measure activity within health and social care system is available. As priorities change, statistical collections are reviewed and may
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be dropped or revised, or new collections may be implemented.
The Department is currently undertaking a thorough review of NHS statistical collections to reduce the burden that the centre places on the NHS. Details of the Department's current NHS statistical collections are available on the Department's website at www. doh.gov.uk/stats/rocr. Details of NHS collections discontinued between 1997 and 2003 are shown in table 1; information on other returns and publications discontinued in the last three years are shown in tables 2 and 3.
|Return description||Reference||Year lastcollected||Work area|
|GP Fundholders and Health Authority commissioning activity and continuing care returns||CIC, QMX, OT||1997||Hospital and Community Activity|
|Wheelchairs and Artificial Limbs||K073||1997||Hospital and Community Activity|
|Purchasing Intentions of NHS Trusts||P1(1), P1(2)||1997||Hospital and Community Activity|
|NHS Performance Tables-Unit Details and data collection||PT1&PT2||1997||Hospital and Community Activity|
|Summary of NHS Trust Activity||QMX5||1997||Hospital and Community Activity|
|Additional data items to be collected on waiting time returns||1997||Hospital and Community Activity|
|Clinical Effectiveness Monitoring||CLINMON||1997||Hospital and Community Activity|
|Contract Cost Analysis||MCP700||1997||Estates|
|Maternity Medical Services Provided by GMPs||SBE504||1997||Primary care|
|Contraceptives Services Provided by GMPs||DI24||1997||Primary care|
|Primary Care Act Pilots (PCAPS)||1997||Primary care|
|Market Testing: Annual Returns & Result Cards||EL(96)84||1997||Finance|
|GP Fundholder Expenditure from Savings During year and Savings Available to Spend||PC105, PC106||1997||Finance|
|Plan Memorandum Information||T8P||1997||Finance|
|Trust Funds returns||TAC101109||1997||Finance|
|Monitoring Local Pay||LPNMIa||1997||Workforce|
|Public Sector Payment Policy Performance||(T)(6)||1998||Finance|
|Cash Flow Forecast||T7P||1998||Finance|
|Abolition of HFR20 -Payments made from the joint finance allocation||1999||Finance|
|Professional Advice and Support Programmes: Maternity Services (KC54)||KC54||2000||Hospital and Community Activity|
|HFR Summary Return of Patient Activity||KP70||2000||Hospital and Community Activity|
|General Ophthalmic Services (GOS) losses and Recoveries||2000||Primary care|
|GP Fundholding Budget and Expenditure||PC101 to 04||2000||Finance|
|Monitoring of Delayed Discharges||CCMON||2000||Miscellaneous|
|Availability of Dentistry: Quarterly monitoring report||A6||2001||Primary care|
|Clinical Psychology Services||KT24||2003||Hospital and Community Activity|
|RH(N) Nursing care homes||31 March 2001|
|RA Residential homes||31 March 2001|
|Registration and inspection survey (number of home closures, etc.)||200001|
|Mid year data for seven Social Services Performance Framework (PAF) indicators||200203|
|Activity, workload and resources of local authorities, health authorities and joint inspection clients; summary results of a survey in England||19992000|
|Community maternity services (KC54)||19992000|
|Residential Personal Social Services for adults (part now published as supported residents)||200001|
|Private Nursing Homes, Hospitals and Clinics||200001|
|Clinical psychology services (KT24)||200203|
Mr. Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research he has commissioned on the extent to which patients suffer deterioration in their disease prior to having an operation in (a) the United Kingdom, (b) Europe and (c) the United States. 
Mr. Hutton: The Department has not directly commissioned such research, however, it has helped to initiate and is an active participant in a two year international Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development project on waiting times for elective surgery.
Mr. Hutton: The information requested is shown in the table. Since 1997, the average number of nurses to every 100 beds in England has increased from 151 to 189 in 2002. In West Suffolk Hospitals National Health Service Trust, the number has increased from 100 to 127 in the same period.
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|England||West Suffolk HospitalsNHS Trust|
|Headcount||Whole-time equivalent||Headcount||Whole-time equivalent|
Figures are rounded to the nearest whole-number
The 'total available beds' figure is the daily number of open and staffed beds on wards open overnight in NHS hospitals in England.
Department of Health Non-medical Workforce Census. 'Total available beds' figures are submitted annually on form KH03 by each NHS Trust
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