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Mr. Hutton: The national health survey vacancy survey collects information from NHS organisations on the number and rate of vacancies lasting three months or more. The table shows the rate of vacancies lasting three months or more for midwives by strategic health authority area.
|3 month vacancy March 2004||Staff in post September 2003|
|Rate percentage||Number||Whole-time equivalent||Headcount|
|Q01||Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire SHA||4.8||36||709||991|
|Q02||Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire SHA||14.3||72||444||587|
|Q04||North West London SHA||7.4||47||634||842|
|Q05||North Central London SHA||9.1||49||499||638|
|Q06||North East London SHA||6.4||42||694||871|
|Q07||South East London SHA||8.7||64||730||988|
|Q08||South West London SHA||10.2||48||468||642|
|Q09||Northumberland, Tyne and Wear SHA||0.0||||532||651|
|Q10||County Durham and Tees Valley SH||2.7||13||457||554|
|Q11||North and East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire SHA||1.9||10||518||647|
|Q12||West Yorkshire SHA||1.2||11||877||1,056|
|Q13||Cumbria and Lancashire SHA||0.0||||705||882|
|Q14||Greater Manchester SHA||0.6||8||1,335||1,629|
|Q15||Cheshire and Merseyside SHA||1.7||17||1,008||1,298|
|Q16||Thames Valley SHA||2.1||15||686||933|
|Q17||Hampshire and Isle of Wight SHA||1.1||6||542||727|
|Q18||Kent and Medway SHA||8.0||43||516||700|
|Q19||Surrey and Sussex SHA||5.4||45||739||1,013|
|Q20||Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire SHA||0.0||||833||1,131|
|Q21||South West Peninsula SHA||0.5||3||614||806|
|Q22||Dorset and Somerset SHA||0.0||||355||451|
|Q23||South Yorkshire SHA||0.5||3||553||679|
|Q25||Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland SHA||0.5||2||512||679|
|Q26||Shropshire and Staffordshire SHA||2.4||13||516||665|
|Q27||Birmingham and The Black Country SHA||4.0||43||1,078||1,399|
|Q28||West Midlands South SHA||0.9||5||576||769|
Mr. Hutton: The Government have considerably increased the number of training places available for midwives. In 200304, 2,226 students entered training to become a midwife, an increase of 35 per cent., since 199697.
Furthermore, the Government are implementing a range of measures to recruit more midwives. These include improving pay and conditions, encouraging the national health service to become a better, more flexible and diverse employer, investing in childcare and continuing professional development, attracting returners and running national and international recruitment campaigns.
Mr. Hutton: Information for England on the percentage of pre-registration midwifery students who have left their university course is shown in the table. Data is not held before the 199495 financial year. No data is available for 200102. The attrition data for the 200203 academic year administered by the Higher Education Statistics Agency is in the process of being analysed.
|Percentage failing to complete courses|
The term Nightingale" ward is used to describe a particular layout, that is an open-plan area, which has not been subdivided into bays or cubicles, and which offers dormitory-style accommodation for 12 or more patients.
Nightingale wards are not necessarily mixed-sex wards, but their old-fashioned layout offers patients little in the way of privacy. We have set clear standards requiring NHS trusts to provide single-sex accommodation for their patients, irrespective of the layout of the ward those patients occupy.
The elimination of Nightingale wards for older people is one of our key priorities for the NHS. 98 per cent. of all Nightingale wards for older people have been eliminated or will be replaced on completion of hospital developments schemes currently under way.
The elimination of Nightingale wards for other patient groups is being addressed through the hospital building programme currently under way. This will eliminate remaining Nightingale wards incrementally as it progresses.
Mr. Brazier: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people contracted the MRSA virus within the East Kent hospitals trust area between January and March 2003; how many of these were children; and what the national average is for each. 
Miss Melanie Johnson [holding answer 27 January 2005]: The Department introduced mandatory reporting of methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteraemias (blood stream infections) for national health service acute trusts from 1 April 2001. The mandatory scheme does not include information broken down by age groups. The latest data covers the year April 2003 to March 2004. This shows that the overall rate was 0.18 MRSA bloodstream infections per 1,000 bed days.
The number of MRSA bacteraemia reports for the East Kent hospitals trust between April 2003 and March 2004 was 70. The MRSA rate for the trust was 0.15 per 1,000 bed days, which is lower than the national average.
The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question concerning the number of people diagnosed with multiple myeloma in each of the last 10 years. I am replying in his absence. 
|Number of cases|
In more detailed analyses of trends in incidence over time for a particular cancer, ONS use age-standardised rates. These control for differences in the size and age structure of the population and allow unbiased comparison of incidence rates over time. Age-standardised incidence rates (directly standardised to the European standard population) for multiple myeloma in England, for each year from 19922001, are given in Table 10 of the Annual Reference Volume, Cancer Statistics: Registrations, Series MB1 No. 32, which is available on the National Statistics website at: http://www.statistics.gov.uk/downloads/theme_health/MBl_32/MBl_32.pdf
Data on life expectancy for patients with specific types of cancer are not available. Survival data are calculated as the proportion of patients still alive at a given period after diagnosis. The latest
|Number of patients(56)||One-year survival||Five-year survival|
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