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New-born Children (Low Birth Weight)

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of children were born with a low birth weight in each year from 1975–76; and if she will make a statement. [41309]

John Healey: I have been asked to reply.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 16 January 2006:

Percentage of live born babies with low birth weight(59)(5508620060), England and Wales 1975–2004


(59)For the years 1975–81: low birth weight was defined as 2,500g and under.
(60)For the years 1982–2004: low birth weight was defined as less than 2,500g.
Birth Counts volume 2, The Stationery Office. Published 2000. ISBN 0 11 620917 8
Table A3.4.1 1975–1981, Table A3.4.2 1982–1992
ONS Series FM1 Birth statistics 1993–2004

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NHS Finance

Mr. Paul Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the financial position of (a) the Thames Valley strategic health authority, (b) Buckinghamshire Hospitals NHS Trust, (c) Wycombe primary care trust, (d) Buckinghamshire mental health trust and (e) Two Shires ambulance trust was during 2004–05; and if she will make a statement. [41719]

Caroline Flint [holding answer 12 January 2006]: The 2004–05 audited financial position of all national health service organisations, strategic health authorities (SHAs) primary care trusts and NHS trusts is available on the Department's website at:

A copy of this information is available in the Library.

NHS Rationing (BMJ Correspondence)

Peter Luff: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations she has received about the recent letter published online in the British Medical Journal, on rationing in response to NHS deficits: by Professor Sheena Asthana. [38540]

Mr. Byrne: We have received only one representation and that was from the hon. Member.

NHS Staff (Overseas Recruitment)

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the impact on the levels of recruitment of doctors from overseas of her proposal to abolish the register of medical practitioners with limited registration. [27552]

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Jane Kennedy: Abolishing the provisions for limited registration will make little or no difference to numbers. Its main effects will be to reduce bureaucracy, freeing resources for patient care, and remove a source of potential discrimination.

Non-emergency Operations

Steve Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 12 September 2005, Official Report, column 2737W, on non-emergency operations, (1) if she will list other providers in England, including independent hospitals and treatment centres, which
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treat NHS patients for (a) knee replacement surgery, (b) cataract surgery, (c) hernia repair and (d) hip replacement surgery; [18887]

(2) when she will answer the question tabled by the hon. Member for Northavon on 12 October 2005, on non-emergency operations, reference 18887. [40901]

Mr. Byrne: Information on the services provided in England by providers contracted to set up independent sector treatment centres under the central procurements is shown in the table.

Information on other independent sector providers commissioned locally is not collected centrally.
Programme nameStrategic health authoritySpecialtiesProviderOperational status
East CornwallSouth West PeninsulaGeneral Surgery, Urology, Trauma and orthopaedics, ENT, Oral surgery, General medicine, Gastroenterology, Cardiology, Dermatology, Thoracic medicine, Rheumatology, Paediatrics, Gynaecology, Dietetics, Physio assessment, Ophthalmology, Plastic SurgeryCapioInterim
East LincsTrentOphthalmology, urology, hernias, varicose veins, colonoscopies, and minor skinCapioFull service
West LincsTrentOphthalmology, gastroscopies, colonoscopies, orthopaedic, urology and minor skinCapioFull service
North Oxford (Horton)Thames ValleyOrthopaedicsCapioFull service
NEYNLNorth and East Yorkshire and North LincolnshireGeneral Surgery, Trauma and orthopaedicsCapioInterim
SouthamptonHampshire and Isle of WightOrthopaedicsCapioFull service
NorthumberlandNorthumberland, Tyne and WearUpper scopes, hernias, varicose veins, minor skinCapioFull service
TV3500Thames ValleyGeneral Surgery, Urology Trauma and orthopaedics, Dermatology, GynaecologyCapioInterim
GC4 West Surrey (tba)Surrey and SussexOrthopaedicsCapioUnder negotiation
KidderminsterWest Midlands SouthOrthopaedicsInterHealthFull service
Cheshire and MerseysideCheshire and MerseysideOrthopaedicsInterHealthNot operational
NottinghamTrentOrthopaedic, Gynaecology, General surgical, Dermatology, Endoscopies, Oral Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Chronic PainNationsNot operational
MaidstoneKent and MedwayChemotherapy, minor surgery and endoscopesPHGNot operational
Outer North East London (BHRT)North East LondonOphthalmology, Orthopaedics, ENT, Oral, General Surgery, UrologyPHGNot operational
BrightonSurrey and SussexOrthopaedicsMercury HealthInterim
MedwayKent and MedwayGeneral Surgery, Gastroenterology, ENT, Orthopaedics, Urology, Diagnostics—endoscopy onlyMercury HealthFull service
PortsmouthHampshire and Isle of WightWalk in centre/minor injuries unit, day surgery, diagnostics, ophthalmologyMercury HealthNot operational
Lister Surgical centreBeds and HertsPaediatrics, Paediatric ENT, endoscope, urology, ophthalmology, gynaecology and other specialitiesUnder negotiation
Hemel Hampstead Surgical centreBeds and HertsPaediatrics, Paediatric ENT, endoscope, urology, ophthalmology, gynaecology and other specialitiesUnder negotiation
BradfordWest YorkshireGeneral Surgery, Gastroenterology, ENT, Gynae, Ophthalmics, Orthopaedics, Plastics, Urology, Oral Surgery, Ultrasound scans—general, Ultrasound scans—Doppler, CT scans, MRI scans, Plain films and x-rays, FluoroscopyNationsFull service
BurtonShropshire and StaffordshireGeneral Surgery, ENT, Gynaecology, Ophthalmology, Orthopaedics, Plastics, Urology, Oral Surgery, Rheumatology, Pain procedures, OphthalmologyNationsNot operational
Trent and South YorkshireTrentOrthopaedicsPHGFull service
DaventryLeicestershire, Northampton and RutlandOphthalmology, Upper GI endoscopies, Sigmoidscopy, Orthopaedics, Dermatology, UrologyBirkdale ClinicFull service
Shepton MalletDorset and SomersetOrthopaedics, ophthalmology, general surgery and endoscopyUK Specialist HospitalsFull service
Greater ManchesterGreater ManchesterOrthopaedic, general surgery and ENTNetCareFull service
PlymouthSouth West PeninsulaOrthopaedicsPHGFull service
Ophthalmic ChainCheshire and Merseyside; Cumbria and Lancashire; Dorset and Somerset; Hampshire and Isle of Wight; Kent and Medway; Northumberland, Tyne and Wear; South West Peninsula; Surrey and Sussex; Thames ValleyOphthalmologyNetcareFull service
GSUP1n/aOrthopaedic, ophthalmic, general surgery, ENT, plastic surgeryCapio/NuffieldCompleted
GSUP2n/aOrthopaedic, general surgeryBMI/BUPA/NuffieldFull service

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