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Harry Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients in (a) Redbridge, (b) Waltham Forest and (c) England received (i) laser eye surgery, (ii) cataract removal, (iii) bladder keyhole surgery, (iv) coronary artery bypass graft, (v) knee replacement, (vi) hip replacement, (vii) ingrown toenail operations and (viii) varicose vein treatment in the last year for which figures are available; and what the average cost was of each operation to the NHS. 
Mr. Byrne: Data on the costs of national health service hospital services are gathered at healthcare resource group (HRG) level, not at the level of individual procedures. These data are collected as part of the annual reference cost collection.
|National Average (£)|
|B13||Phakoemulsification Cataract Extraction and Insertion of Lens||cataract removal||1,530||2,491||276,004||717|
|B14||Non Phakoemulsification Cataract Surgery||cataract removal||2||151||5,567||793|
|E04||Coronary Bypass||coronary artery bypass graft||2||||19,215||7,131|
|G13||Cholecystectomy >69 or with complications or comorbidities||bladder keyhole surgery||103||31||11,109||2,449|
|G14||Cholecystectomy <70 without complications or comorbidities||bladder keyhole surgery||279||119||36,442||1,723|
|H04||Primary Knee Replacement||knee replacement||386||178||46,585||5,306|
|H80||Primary Hip Replacement Cemented||hip replacement||222||90||36,467||4,750|
|H81||Primary Hip Replacement Uncemented||hip replacement||77||36||6,852||4,603|
|Q11||Varicose Vein Procedures||varicose vein treatment||564||161||43,386||967|
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations she has received from (a) NHS bodies and (b) other interested parties regarding the system of making funding available for the provision of return to practice courses; which bodies and parties made such representations; and what the content was of those representations. 
From 1 April 2004, responsibility for funding the bursaries for nurses returning to work in the national health service was devolved to primary care trusts (PCTs). This gives PCTs the flexibility to determine the appropriate investment for return to practice, working
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in partnership with strategic health authorities and other local stakeholders. This change coincides with our allocating historic levels of funding to PCTs to ensure the NHS secures the work force necessary to deliver improved services.
For the three-year revenue allocations to cover 200304, 200405 and 200506, PCTs received an average cash increase of 9.22 per cent., 9.55 per cent. and 9.32 per cent. This is an average over the three years of 30.83 per cent. For the recent round of allocations to cover 200607 and 200708, PCTs received average cash increases of 9.2 per cent. and 9.4 per cent. This is an average over the two years of 19.5 per cent.
Mr. Peter Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) nurses and (b) doctors from overseas are working in England following recruitment drives by the Government in their countries, broken down by country. 
|Year of registration|
|Year of registration|
The number of doctors employed in the national health service in England and the North East is shown in the table. Information is not available centrally for South Tyneside.
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Mr. Benyon: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) guidelines and (b) procedures her Department has in place to ensure patients who cannot communicate verbally are able to express themselves to staff. 
This leaflet aims to improve disabled people's experience of hospital services and gives practical suggestions of ways in which national health service staff can meet the needs of disabled service users, including those who cannot communicate verbally.
Tony Baldry: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the document Commissioning a Patient-led NHS, what formal consultations are required to be undertaken by the Thames Valley strategic health authority prior to the reconfiguration of primary care trusts. 
Mr. Byrne: Proposals regarding the reconfiguration of primary care trusts were submitted to the Department last week by all 28 strategic health authorities (SHAs), and will shortly be considered by an external panel representing a wide range of stakeholder interests. If the proposals are found to meet the criteria originally specified in Commissioning a Patient-Led NHS", published in July, they will be subject to a full, statutory public consultation. This public consultation will last three months, and will begin in December 2005.
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