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Mr. Byrne: Between October 2003 and September 2005, 14,886 cataract procedures were carried out on national health service patients through the centrally-procured independent sector treatment centre programme. It is estimated that almost a further 12,000 cataract procedures will be completed by September 2006. The volume of commissioning of independent sector services contracted locally by the NHS is not collected centrally.
Cash brokerage is managed by strategic health authorities (SHAs), so it is not possible to confirm how much brokerage has been allocated in 200405 to each national health service trust in Cheshire and Merseyside SHA.
|Financial support for Cheshire and Merseyside NHS Trusts||200405 Planned financial support (£000)|
|Mersey Regional Ambulance Service Trust||0|
|Wirral Hospital NHS Trust||5,400|
|St. Helens and Knowsley Hospitals NHS Trust||12,000|
|The Cardiothoracic CentreLiverpool NHS Trust||0|
|Royal Liverpool Children's NHS Trust||0|
|The Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Trust||2,100|
|Aintree Hospitals NHS Trust||3,200|
|Clatterbridge Centre for Oncology Trust||0|
|Liverpool Women's Hospital NHS Foundation Trust||0|
|Walton Neurology Centre NHS Trust||0|
|East Cheshire NHS Trust||6,000|
|Royal Liverpool Broadgreen University Hospital Trust||2,643|
|Five Borough Partnership NHS Trust||1,153|
|Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust||9,372|
|Mersey Care NHS Trust||0|
|North Cheshire Hospitals NHS Trust||7,931|
|Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Trust||0|
|Total Support funding||49,799|
Steve Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many responses to Your Health Your Care Your Say" have been received from (a) health professionals, (b) organisations and (c) members of the public; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Byrne: Of 1,252 people who participated in the regional and national Your Health, Your Care, Your Say" deliberative events, 133 people said they were health or social care staff. By Monday, 31 October, 19,183 completed questionnaires had been returned, including 9,654 responses from people who indicated that they worked in health or social care. In addition, more than 2,000 responses have been received from readers of Take-a-Break" magazine and national health service publications, Prime" and Fit". The questions published in these magazines were a subset of the full set of questions, designed specifically for these publications and did not ask people about their employment.
We do not yet have figures from the local or devolved listening events. The process is designed to consult the public on what they want from community health and social care services. We are engaging with health and social care organisations in other ways, but mainly through five policy taskforces, which are making recommendations on the policy options that fit with the public views.
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 20 October 2005, Official Report, column 1187W, on Your Health, Your Care, Your Say", how many people were selected to take part in each event. 
|Number of people:|
Mr. Byrne: Demographic data is already held electronically for most patients, most already have an electronic primary care record and many hospitals also hold information electronically. However, these tend to be restricted to the general practice or hospital in which the record is created. The number of electronic records, linked to the NHS Care Records Service will continue to increase as health professionals find that linked electronic records improve patient care. The national programme for IT in the national health service aims to deliver the NHS Care Records Service by 2010.
Dr. Tony Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average remuneration of (a) general practitioners and (b) consultants was in 1997; and what she estimates it will be following the introduction of the new contracts. 
|Intended average net remuneration/income (£)|
|Annualised average basic salary||Annualised average total earnings|
|2004 (new contracts only(20))||74,800||100,900|
The national schedule of reference costs for 2004, the latest year available, shows activity undertaken within a national health service trust in England, the costs of an occupied bed day in different types of discrete critical care units, which is shown in the following table.
|Unit type||National average cost per occupied bed day|
|Intensive therapy unit/Intensive care unit||1,328|
|Burns intensive care unit||1,039|
|Neurosurgical intensive care unit||1,017|
|Spinal injuries intensive care unit||779|
|Renal intensive care unit||370|
|Cardiac intensive care unit||1,025|
|High dependency unit||584|
|Paediatric intensive care unit||1,702|
|Neonatal intensive care unitlevel one||838|
|Neonatal intensive care unitlevel two||560|
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