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Steve Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost to the NHS of (a) agency nurses, (b) agency doctors and (c) total agency staff in (i) England, (ii) each strategic health authority and (iii) each NHS trust have been in each year since 1997. 
Mr. Byrne: The Department collects expenditure information on non-national health service staff for primary care trusts (PCTs), NHS trusts and strategic health authorities (SHAs). Non-NHS staff expenditure figures include all agency staff and any other staff not directly employed by these bodies.
Expenditure on agency staff in the NHS in 200405 dropped to four per cent. of the NHS pay bill. This information with explanatory notes has been placed in the Library. The rise in agency staff spend over the years covered in the tables has tracked the rise in established posts over the period.
Reducing agency spend is part of the Department's contribution to the 6.5 billion Gershon Efficiency target and the 10 human resource high impact changes as highlighted in A workforce response to local delivery plans; a challenge for NHS Boards".
The median waiting times for inpatient admission at hospitals in Shropshire and Staffordshire Strategic Health Authority, the West Midlands and England in each year since 1997 are shown in the table.
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|Median waiting time|
|Shropshire and Staffordshire SHA(60)||West Midlands(61)||England|
|Q26||Shropshire and Staffordshire SHA|
|QEH||North Staffordshire HA|
|QEJ||South Staffordshire HA|
|Q27||Birmingham and The Black Country SHA|
|Q28||West Midlands South SHA|
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 2 November 2005, Official Report, column 1160W, on waiting lists/times, whether the statement on page 57 of the NHS Improvement Plan that there would be 100 per cent. e-booking by December ever had the status of a Government target. 
School nurses were counted fully for the first time in the September 2004 national health service workforce census, two months before the 'Choosing Health' White Paper was published in November 2004.
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To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will take steps to bring payment by results for emergency procedures at Western General hospital into
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force as soon as possible. 
Mr. Byrne: Final decisions on the scope and structure of the tariff in 200607 have not yet been made. These will be made once Ministers have considered the recommendations of departmental advisory groups.