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Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what dates special advisers from his Department have met with United Healthcare since 1 May 1997; where each meeting was held; and which of his special advisers took part in each meeting. 
Ms Rosie Winterton:
Special Advisers Paul Corrigan and Darren Murphy met with United Healthcare on 24 June 2002 at No. 10 Downing street. Paul Corrigan met with United Healthcare again on 23 July 2002 at Church House, Great Smith street.
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Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list, for each of the last 10 years, the total number of patients in Tamworth constituency, or the nearest relevant unit of population, waiting for NHS operations for longer than (a) 18, (b) 15, (c) 12, (d) nine and (e) six months. 
|Patients waiting for admission by months waiting|
|Organisation||Month-end||Total number of patients waiting for admission||6 to 8 months||9 to 11 months||12 to 14 months||15 to 17 months||Over 18 months|
|South Staffordshire Health Commission||March 1996||9,404||343||15||5||0||0|
|South Staffordshire HA||March 1997||11,326||1,190||248||20||1||0|
|South Staffordshire HA||March 1998||15,817||2,422||1,316||591||62||0|
|South Staffordshire HA||March 1999||13,584||1,963||1,164||529||143||0|
|South Staffordshire HA||March 2000||12,997||2,046||1,203||610||173||0|
|South Staffordshire HA||March 2001||12,633||1,887||1,179||522||119||0|
|South Staffordshire HA||March 2002||11,827||1,766||731||9||0||0|
|Burntwood, Lichfield and Tamworth PCT||March 2003||3,081||383||114||0||0||0|
|Burntwood, Lichfield and Tamworth PCT||March 2004||2,891||183||0||0||0||0|
|Burntwood, Lichfield and Tamworth PCT||May 2004||2,998||233||0||0||0||0|
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what account he takes in pursuing his plans for reducing bed occupancy in NHS hospitals, of the target to reduce waiting times to 18 weeks between GP referral and start of treatment. 
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health which health professionals will not immediately be covered by the 18-week target from general practitioner referral to treatment set in the Spending Review. 
Mr. Hutton: Currently, the 18-week target covers general practitioner referrals to consultants. Work is continuing on whether and how to extend the range of guarantees. Further details will be available in the technical guidance to the public service agreement, which will be published by Her Majesty's Treasury. Final guidance will be issued in the autumn.
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans his Department has to reconfigure departmental waiting list statistics so that they measure total waiting time to treatment as outlined in the NHS improvement plan. 
Mr. Hutton [holding answer on 15 July 2004]: The national health service already measures total waiting time to treatment for cancer services with targets for maximum waiting times set in the "Cancer Plan" (2000).
The Government will shortly be setting out its plans for delivering the target outlined in the NHS Improvement Plan 2008, including how waiting times for diagnostic procedures and total waiting times will be measured.