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Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many community matrons are employed in each primary care trust in the Surrey and Sussex Strategic Health Authority area; and for how many patients they are providing treatment. 
Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list occasions since 1997 when highly contagious diseases have been identified in the UK as having originated abroad, broken down by country of origin. 
Caroline Flint: There is no agreed definition of the term highly contagious". The following cases of highly contagious diseases, have been reported to the Health Protection Agency in England and Wales since 1997.
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Jane Kennedy: The redeveloped sterile services centre based in King George's Hospital, Ilford and serving other national health service trusts in North East London, opened earlier this year. Twelve joint venture projects involving 63 NHS trusts and NHS foundation trusts have advertised for private sector partners in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) and are at various stages of the procurement. The most advanced is the project involving the Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust, which announced its preferred bidder earlier this year and is working towards awarding the contract by the end of this year. Service commencement is expected in the autumn of 2006.
Six projects involving some 20 NHS trusts and NHS foundation trusts have signed collaboration agreements and are preparing outline business cases prior to advertising in the OJEU later this year. We expect a total of some 100 NHS trusts to adopt a joint venture solution within the mixed economy for sterile services. We cannot, however, be exact about those that have not yet signed collaboration agreements. We have made provision for further NHS trusts to join a collaboration up to four years after contract commencement. These projects are managed locally, with local teams taking decisions such as when to advertise in the OJEU.
(2) what assessment she has made of the impact on local authorities' performance in making provision for patients discharged into their care of fines for delays to hospital discharges in England; and if she will make a statement. 
We do not collect information on the number of digital hearing aids fitted outside the national health service but paid for by the NHS. However, since the Public Private Partnership (PPP) started in October 2003, the Royal National Institute for the Deaf estimates that 50,000 extra patients will be fitted with digital hearing aids by private dispensers through the PPP initiative by the end of December 2005.
Caroline Flint: Ministers were not involved in the departure of the previous chief executive of East Sussex Hospitals Trust, or in the appointment of the new chief executive. This is an employment matter, which was handled by the trust.
Steve Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people visited (a) NHS accident and emergency departments and (b) dental school emergency departments for emergency dental treatment in each of the last five years. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: Data are not collected centrally on the number of patients who visit national health service accident and emergency departments or dental school emergency department for emergency dental treatment. Data are collected on the number of patients admitted to NHS hospitals as emergencies for dental procedures. The table shows this information for each of the last five years.
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