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Mr. Byrne: Information is only available for the Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals National Health Service Trust. As at September 2005, 513 people were waiting more than 13 weeks for a first outpatient appointment. There were no patients waiting more than 17 weeks.
Mr. Byrne: The Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals National Health Service Trust has signed-up to the Saving Lives" delivery programme which is a key element in reducing methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus and avoidable health care associated infections at a local level. It comprises a number of mutually reinforcing activities which will help the trust implement best practice to reduce infection rates. More detail about local action should be set out in the director of infection prevention and control's report.
Mr. Graham Stuart: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of Hull Royal Infirmary post-heart treatment rehabilitation services; and how many patients have (a) attended rehabilitation appointments, (b) stopped smoking and (c) made appropriate dietary and exercise changes since the services commenced. 
Mr. Byrne: The information requested is not held centrally. Responsibility for local health services lies with the local national health service. It is for primary care trusts (PCTs) in conjunction with strategic health authorities and other local stakeholders to plan, develop and improve services according to the needs of the local people.
The Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust.
Helen Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost of (a) orthopaedic procedures and (b) cataract surgery has been in each independent sector treatment centre carrying out such operations under contract with the NHS. 
Steve Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the capacity of NHS isolation facilities and single rooms to isolate cases where necessary in the event of an influenza pandemic reaching alert level 2 in the UK; and if she will make a statement. 
Ms Rosie Winterton:
Full information on the availability of isolation facilities is not available but departmental guidance states that new buildings should ideally contain at least 50 per cent. of their beds in single rooms. NHS Estates published guidance in February
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2005 to assist local planning for isolation facilities and the Department is considering the need for guidance on ventilated isolation facilities. During a pandemic it is likely that patients would be cohorted rather than kept in isolation.
Frank Dobson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment her Department has made of the effect of the proposed changes to primary care trusts on the capacity of the NHS to respond to an influenza pandemic. 
Mr. Byrne [holding answer 21 November 2005]: The Department has formed a national influenza pandemic committee (UKNIPC) to provide specialist advice supported by a scientific advisory group to provide detailed scientific advice on the response to an influenza pandemic. Strategic health authorities, in England, are responsible for overseeing health planning and coordinating the local response. This remains the case irrespective of proposals for service reconfiguration.
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what was the (a) three-month staff vacancy rate as a percentage, (b) three-month staff vacancy rate as a number of posts, (c) number of staff in post as a full-time equivalent and (d) number of consultants in post in each (i) strategic health authority, (ii) NHS trust and (iii) NHS mental health trust in London on 31 March (A) 2003, (B) 2004 and (C) 2005, broken down by speciality. 
However, information is collected on staff vacancy rates and the number of staff in post which has been placed in the Library. This shows that the number of consultants in England has increased by nearly 3,200 (full-time equivalent) between March 2003 and March 2005 or 12 per cent. The three-month vacancy rate reduced from 4.7 per cent. to 3.1 per cent. in the same period for England as a whole for hospital doctors, excluding those in training and equivalents.
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 21 March 2005, Official Report, column 622W, on medical staff Salaries, what the average salary of a (a) consultant, (b) junior doctor and (c) nurse was in 2004. 
|Average annual earnings||Average annual basic salary|
|Doctors in training and their|
equivalents (junior doctors)
|Nursing and midwifery|
|All NHS staff||26,300||22,300|
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