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Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the impact his Department's policies have had on (a) dealing with sickness rates and (b) promoting health in Tamworth constituency since 1997. 
The Government have put in place a programme of national health service investment and reform since 1997 to improve service delivery in all parts
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of the United Kingdom. There is significant evidence that these policies have yielded considerable benefits for the Tamworth constituency.
In June 2002, there were 261 people in the Burntwood, Lichfield and Tamworth Primary Care Trust (PCT) area waiting nine months or longer for inpatient treatment, including day cases. In May 2004, no one was waiting nine months or longer.
At Burton Hospitals NHS Trust, 93.3 per cent. of patients were admitted, transferred or discharged within four hours in the quarter to March 2004. The year average is 92.8 per cent., up from 89.2 per cent, in September 2002.
At Good Hope Hospital NHS Trust, 92.4 per cent. of patients were admitted, transferred or discharged within four hours in the quarter to March 2004. The year average is 94.3 per cent., up from 81.2 per cent. in September 2002.
Between September 1997 and December 2003 the number of consultants at Burton Hospitals NHS Trust increased from 60 to 83. The number of nurses increased from 632 to 774 between September 1997 and September 2003.
Between September 1997 and December 2003 the number of consultants at Good Hope Hospital NHS Trust increased from 54 to 67. The number of nurses increased from 809 to 847 between September 1997 and September 2003.
Figures for April 2004 show that all patients within Burntwood, Lichfield and Tamworth PCT are able to be offered an appointment with a general practitioner within two working days and with a primary care professional within one working day.
Between 1998 and 2001 in Burntwood, Lichfield and Tamworth PCT there was a 35 per cent. decrease in the mortality rates for cardiovascular disease (Coronary Heart Disease, Stroke and related conditions) in the under 75s.
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Burntwood, Lichfield and Tamworth PCT is on course to build the new community hospital in Lichfield, ready for the summer of 2006. The enabling works have already been completed on site and the business case has been signed off. The overall cost is around £16 million. All the services presently available to the local population will be re-provided in the new Lichfield Hospital, with the exception of day surgery, which has transferred to the Sir Robert Peel Hospital in Tamworth.
Source of information:
Department of Health. Office of National Statistics.
Mr. Hutton: There is no mandatory requirement for national health service trusts to comply with the national framework agreement (NFA) set up by the NHS Purchasing and Supplies Agency (PASA). The benefits of using the NFA are clear. NHS trusts are encouraged to use the NFA by PASA.
Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many (a) whole-time equivalent and (b) headcount paediatric consultant specialists in kidney disease are working in the NHS; and how many vacant posts there are; 
(2) how many trainee doctors specialising in paediatrics have been working in the NHS in each of the last seven years, broken down by gender; 
(3) how many and what percentage of paediatric trainee doctors have gone on to take up consultancy posts in each of the last seven years. 
Mr. Hutton: As at 31 December 2003, there were 1,589 whole-time equivalent and 1,753 headcount paediatric consultants working in the national health service. Data held by the Department do not distinguish how many of these consultants specialise in kidney disease.
As at 31 March, the three-month vacancy number for paediatric consultants was 43. The three-month vacancy rate was 2.7 per cent. This is lower than the average consultant three-month vacancy rate across all specialties, which was 4.7 per cent.
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