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Ms Rosie Winterton: Estimates for the cost of theft and total theft in the national health service in England are not available. Estimated figures on fraud levels across the whole NHS in England are not available. However, the NHS counter fraud service (NHS CFS) has an ongoing programme of specialist risk measurement exercises, which is designed to reveal levels of losses and, through repeated exercises, achieve reductions. These exercises concentrated on patient fraud. The tables show the results and are accurate to within plus or minus one per cent. of the losses measured in each of the patient exercises.
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In my response to a similar question from the hon. Member for Hertford and Stortford (Mr. Prisk), Official Report, 18 November 2004, column 1992W, I provided information on fraud in the Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs). The figures quoted for the Department for the years 19992003 included both theft and fraud rather than just fraud.
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Mr. George Osborne: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many items of electrical equipment were used by his Department in the last year for which figures are available, broken down by (a) cost and (b) number of each type of item. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The Department has 11,719 electronic items on its Asset Register at a cost of £4,794,455. It has 38,435 other pieces of electrical equipment such as lights and the annual cost of testing these is about £67,000.
Ms Rosie Winterton: The cost of supplying lighting to the Department's estate cannot be determined. The Department receives a single bill for the supply of all the electricity to each of its buildings.
Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will set out, including statistical information relating as directly as possible to the constituency, the effect on Middlesbrough, South and Cleveland, East constituency of his Department's policies since 8 June 2001. 
Miss Melanie Johnson:
The Government have put in place a programme of national health service investment and reform since 1997 to improve service delivery in all
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parts of the United Kingdom. There is significant evidence that these policies have yielded considerable benefits for the Middlesbrough, South and Cleveland, East constituency.
At the end of October 2004, there were no people waiting more than nine months for in-patient treatment at the South Tees Hospitals National Health Service Trust, while in 1997 there were a total of 1,145 waiting more than nine months in the predecessor trusts, the South Tees Hospitals NHS Trust and the Northallerton Health Services NHS Trust. In June 2001, there was a total of 785 waiting more than nine months.
At the end of September 2004, there were 1,033 patients waiting over 13 weeks for out-patient treatment the South Tees Hospitals NHS Trust, while in 1997 there were a total of 986 waiting more than 26 weeks in the predecessor trusts. In June 2001, there was a total of 1,150 waiting more than 26 weeks.
In September 2002, at South Tees Hospitals NHS Trust, 92.5 per cent. of patients spent less than four hours in accident and emergency from arrival to admission, transfer or discharge. Figures for September 2004 show an improvement to 97.3 per cent.
In the Middlesbrough Unitary Authority area death rates from cancer per 100,000 population have fallen from 245 in 1997 to 225.2 in 2001 and to 219.8 in 2003. In the Redcar and Cleveland unitary authority area
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death rates from cancer per 100,000 population have fallen from 243.2 in 1997 to 208.2 in 2001 and 194.8 in 2003.
In the Middlesbrough Unitary Authority area, death rates from coronary heart disease per 100,000 population have fallen from 206.8 in 1997 to 173.4 in 2001 and 133.8 in 2003. In the Redcar and Cleveland Unitary Authority area death rates from coronary heart disease per 100,000 population have fallen from 193.3 in 1997 to 135.9 in 2001 and 141.4 in 2003.
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