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Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total administrative cost of strategic health authorities was in the most recent year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his latest estimate is of unallocated departmental spending in (a) 200506, (b) 200607, and (c) 200708; and if he will make a statement. 
Sue Doughty: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients (a) in total and (b) per 1,000 of population are on in-patient waiting lists in (i) the Guildford and Waverley primary care trust area, (ii) the Surrey and Sussex strategic health authority area and (iii) England. 
|Guilford and Waverley|
primary care trust
|Surrey and Sussex strategic|
Mr. Michael Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people waited for out-patient treatment for longer than 13 weeks in each year since 1997 in Worcestershire; and if he will make a statement. 
The table shows the number of people waiting 13 weeks or more for out-patient treatment at National Health Service hospitals in Worcestershire at the end of March for each year since 199697.
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|Number of people waiting|
13 weeks or more
(2) if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to Warrington, South constituency, the effects on Warrington, South of changes to his Department's policies since 1997. 
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 parts of the United Kingdom. There is significant evidence that these policies have yielded considerable benefits for the Warrington, South constituency.
Figures for December 2004 show that all patients within Warrington PCT are able to be offered an appointment with a primary care professional within two working days, an improvement from 68.4 per cent. in June 2002.
In June 2003, at North Cheshire hospitals NHS trust, 92.8 percent. 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 96.3 per cent.
In March 2002, 567, or 86.4 per cent. of patients were seen by a cancer specialist within two weeks. In September 2004, 960, or 99.2 per cent. of patients were seen by a cancer specialist within two weeks.
A new independent sector treatment centre at Halton hospital, Runcorn, is due to become operational in summer 2006. The centre is expected to carry out an additional approximately orthopaedic surgery procedures annually during a five year period. In addition to the in-patient procedures, the centre will also be carrying out associated out-patient procedures and appropriate diagnostic tests.
£6.3 million investment at the North Cheshire hospitals NHS trust includes the redevelopment of the accident and emergency department at Warrington District General hospital and a minor injuries unit at Halton general hospital. In addition, a new primary care centre will also be developed at Warrington district general hospital.
A £1.9 million heart centre is planned for Warrington district general hospital and is due to be open later this year. Further details of capital projects can be obtained from the North Cheshire hospitals NHS trust.
The Warrington PCT has invested £500,000 on modernising primary and community care. As part of this investment, it will include training specialist staff to undertake a number of specialised services in a community setting, such as taking blood samples, developing nurse-led services to combat heart disease, respiratory illness and orthopaedic services.