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Waiting Times

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what milestones have been set for delivering the planning framework target of maximum 18 week waits by 2008; and what changes have been made to data collection to support (a) the measurement of the target and (b) the monitoring of the milestones. [197818]

Mr. Hutton [holding answer 15 November 2004]: Strategic health authorities (SHAs) will need to agree primary care trusts' annual plans to ensure delivery of all national targets.
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Central working assumptions have been shared with SHAs to test the robustness of these plans and are available on the Department's website at Copies have been placed in the Library.

Officials are working with national health service colleagues to ensure the necessary amendments are made to existing collections in order to monitor progress against these assumptions and measurement of the target.

Mr. McLoughlin: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the clinical areas where the NHS in West Derbyshire has longer (a) waiting lists and (b) waiting times than the national average. [198368]

Dr. Ladyman: The information requested is shown in the following tables.
Patients waiting for elective inpatient admission per 1,000 population: Position at 30 September 2004

EnglandDerbyshire Dales and South Derbyshire primary care trust (PCT)High Peak and Dales PCT
General surgery2.9343.295
Trauma and orthopaedics4.7254.8115.382
Ear, nose and throat1.5521.657
Oral surgery0.7840.921
Paediatric dentistry0.0370.050
General medicine0.3341.448
Clinical haematology0.0090.020
Paediatric neurology0.0050.010
Obstetrics and gynaecology (gynaecology)1.4551.747

Department of Health form QF01 and Office for National Statistics.

Average (median) waiting times for elective inpatient admissions in weeks: position at 30 September 2004

EnglandDerbyshire Dales and South Derbyshire PCTHigh Peak and Dales PCT
Trauma and orthopaedics12.5913.1611.87
Ear, nose and throat10.416.4213.72
Oral surgery8.5711.657.80
Paediatric dentistry10.3713.00
Cardiothoracic surgery8.0511.705.42
General medicine5.672.898.55
Clinical haematology3.2015.17
Obstetrics and gynaecology (gynaecology)7.685.809.67

Department of Health form QF01.

Paul Farrelly: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what changes there have been to NHS waiting list times for (a) inpatients, (b) outpatients and (c) accident and emergency cases in North Staffordshire since 1997. [198570]

Dr. Ladyman: At the University Hospital of North Staffordshire National Health Service Trust (formerly North Staffordshire Hospital NHS Trust) in March 1997 there were 93 patients waiting more than 12 months for inpatient treatment and 382 waiting 9–11 months. Latest figures show no one is waiting more than nine months.

In March 1997, there were 3,966 patients waiting more than 13 weeks for outpatient treatment at the trust. Latest figures show 1,282 waiting more than 13 weeks.

Latest figures show that 89 per cent, of patients spend less than four hours in the major accident and emergency departments of the trust. In September 2002 the figure was 35.9 per cent. This data was not collected centrally before 2002.
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Mr. Michael Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will set out, with statistical evidence relating as closely as possible to Worcester constituency, the effects of changes to departmental policy since 1997 on Worcester constituency. [198034]

Dr. Ladyman: The Government have put in place a programme of national health service investment and reform since 1997 to improve service delivery in all parts of the United Kingdom. There is significant evidence that these policies have yielded considerable benefits for the Worcester constituency.

For example:

Worcestershire Royal Hospital, part of Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, is a new £87 million hospital with the latest facilities and equipment. The hospital, which opened in March 2002 has 550 beds and incorporates nine operating theatres, a large accident and emergency department, a medical assessment unit, and a critical care unit.



Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the salary costs to the Department were for employees working in public relations and publicity in each year since 1997. [183854]

Fiona Mactaggart: Within the Home Office, the Marketing and Strategic Communication Unit (MSCU) is responsible for public relations and publicity. The salary costs of staff involved in this area of work since 1997 are as follows:
Financial yearMSCU

1. 2002–03 Communications Strategy and Co-ordination Unit merged with MSCU.
2. 2003–04 These figures do not include the salary costs of the Web Services team, which transferred to MSCU in September 2003.

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In 2003–04 this cost was 0.045 per cent. of the overall salary bill for Home Office.

The Marketing and Strategic Communication Unit develop communication campaigns which support the delivery of Home Office objectives. Recent campaigns have helped recruit record numbers of police officers, reduce vehicle crime, warn children and their parents about the dangers of paedophiles on the internet, and provide a source of help and advice on drug misuse. Expenditure on communication staff has risen as the Home Office has become increasingly engaged with the public to help deliver real social change.

Details of expenditure on staff outside of this unit who may have been involved in any related exercises is not held centrally and could be collected only at disproportionate cost.

Annual Report

Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many copies of his Department's annual report were printed in each year since 1997; how many were sold in each year; and what the (a) publication costs and (b) sales revenue were. [183886]

Fiona Mactaggart: The Home Office Departmental Report is the main vehicle by which the Home Office explains its aims and performance for 2003–04, and how it organised itself to deliver. As such it plays an important part in maintaining accountability to both Parliament and the public. It also provides key external stakeholders with an overview of the Department's activities as a whole. The annual report can be downloaded free of charge on the Home Office website.

The Report's publication was handled by The Stationery Office (TSO). Under the terms of the contract with TSO, that company generally meets the costs of printing and publication and uses its commercial judgement as to the number of copies which it prints and the sale price. TSO are not obliged to provide such information as these are costs which they meet themselves and are not charged to Departments.

TSO have provided details of the number of copies of the Annual Report which they have sold since 1998 (those for previous years are not available). These figures do not include those copies ordered by the Home Office for distribution to senior staff and key stakeholders.
EditionCopies issued by TSO

(42) To date.

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The Publisher retains the revenues which they earn from sales and which are aimed at ensuring the recovery of their costs.

The direct costs of production borne by the Home Office and the printing costs of those copies ordered by the Department for senior staff and key stakeholders are shown in the table.

These costs exclude VAT (where applicable). They also exclude the costs of staff time within the Department as obtaining estimates would involve disproportionate cost.
Year of publishingQuantity ordered by the Home OfficeDirect costs incurred by Home Office £
1997Not knownNot known
1998Not knownNot Known

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