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School Nurses

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his Answer of 4 December 2004, Official Report, column 1080W, to the hon. Member for East Worthing and Shoreham (Tim Loughton) on school nurses, what information he collects on the recruitment and retention of school nurses; and whether he plans to set a baseline for numbers of school nurses. [209799]

Mr. Hutton: The Government collected information on the school nursing workforce in the September 2003 non-medical workforce census but this information was incomplete. Information on the number of school nurses employed in the national health service will be available from the September 2004 non-medical workforce census, expected to be published in March 2005.

We are providing new funding so that by 2010 every primary care trust (PCT) will be resourced to have at least one, full-time, year round, qualified school nurse working with each cluster or group of primary schools and the related secondary school, taking account of health needs and school populations. School nurses and their teams will be part of the wider health improvement workforce. Roll-out will start from 2006–07 in the 20 per cent., of PCTs with the worst health and deprivation indicators.

Secure Psychiatric Beds

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many secure psychiatric beds have been available in each of the last eight years. [210218]

Ms Rosie Winterton: Information on the average daily number of available beds and their occupancy levels in secure mental illness wards in England in each of the last eight years is shown in the following table.
Average daily number of available and occupied beds, open overnight in secure mental illness wards in England

Available bedsOccupied bedsPercentage of occupancy
1996–971,5751,41489.8
1997–981,9211,56681.5
1998–991,7471,57890.3
1999–20001,8821,75092.9
2001–021,8481,69992.0
2002–032,0641,86790.5
2003–042,5572,36892.6




Source:
Hospital Activity Statistics www.performance.doh.gov.uk/hospitalactivity/




Smoking Ban

Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the percentage of pubs in
 
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the (a) Northern region and (b) Tees Valley area which serve food which will cease to do so when the smoking ban is implemented. [201503]

Miss Melanie Johnson: In the White Paper we estimated that 10 to 30 per cent. of pubs in England might fall into the category of do not prepare food". A regional breakdown of this figure has not been made. We believe that with food providing an increasing proportion of most pubs' turnovers, it is reasonable for the Government to proceed on the assumption that it makes good business sense for pub owners to continue to serve food. We will consult widely on this area in drawing up the detailed legislation.

Specialised Burns Unit

Dr. Murrison: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans he has for the (a) budget, (b) location and (c) planned commencement of activities of the specialised burns services unit in the south west region; [209197]

(2) when the final decisions on a specialised burns services unit in the south west will be taken; [209198]

(3) what criteria his Department is using to determine the location of a specialist burns services unit in the south west; [209199]

(4) what plans he has for the reconfiguration of specialist burns services. [209200]

Mr. Hutton: The national burn care group, which is considering options for reconfiguration of specialist burns services across England and Wales, is being led by the national health service. Decisions have not yet been made regarding the development of burn care centres; any proposals for change will be submitted to a full public consultation process, probably in the summer of 2005.

Stourcare Call Centre (Paediatric Training)

Mr. Brazier: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many of the staff at the Stourcare Call Centre have paediatric training, broken down by (a) staff grade and (b) register grade. [210369]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The information requested is not collected centrally.

Strategic Health Authorities

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 21 December 2004, Official Report, column 1688W, on strategic health authorities, if he will publish the most recent in-year financial forecasts of all (a) strategic health authorities, (b) primary care trusts and (c) national health service trusts in England where this information is available locally. [208797]


 
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Mr. Hutton: The Department does not routinely collect information, which may form part of local reporting arrangements by individual organisations. In providing answers to parliamentary correspondence about specific organisations the Department may request the managing strategic health authority to provide this information where relevant.

Temporary Medical Staff

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 16 December 2004, Official Report, column 1329W, on temporary medical staff, what the figures are for each NHS trust for the equivalent period. [209090]

Mr. Hutton: Information relating to the total cost of temporary nurses, doctors and all staff in each national health service trust in England in each year since 1997 has been placed in the Library.

Waiting Times

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans he has to monitor waiting times for follow-up appointments for patients following completion of their in-patient procedure; and what assessment he has made of the impact of the introduction of the maximum 18-week waiting target, as described in the NHS Improvement Plan, column 6268, paragraph 2.11, on waiting-times for follow-up appointments; [209634]

(2) what mechanisms he plans to use to monitor progress towards meeting the 18-week maximum waiting target by 2008, as described in the NHS Improvement Plan, column 6268, paragraph 2.11; [209635]

(3) what elements of the patient journey are monitored for the purposes of assessing waiting times; what plans he has to measure waiting times for diagnostic tests; and what plans he has to introduce monitoring for all other elements of the patient journey. [209636]

Mr. Hutton: The Department currently monitors waiting times from general practitioner referral to first out-patient appointment and from consultant referral to in-patient or day case treatment. However, by the end of 2008, waiting times will be measured from GP referral to start of treatment. This will include any necessary diagnostic tests or procedures.

Progress towards meeting the 18-week target from GP referral to start of treatment will be monitored against local delivery plans. Strategic health authorities and primary care trusts are currently developing their plans and these will be agreed with the Department in the spring.

There are no plans nationally to monitor waiting times for follow-up appointments after in-patient treatment. Trusts are expected to continue to offer follow up appointments as clinically appropriate.