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Anne Main: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what status patients have who have been removed from hospital waiting lists due to operations being cancelled by the hospital at short notice but who have not yet been treated; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Byrne: A patient whose operation is cancelled by the hospital is not removed from the hospital's waiting list until they have been treated.
The cancelled operations guarantee introduced in April 2002 states that when a patient's operation is cancelled by the hospital at the last minute for non-clinical reasons the hospital should offer another binding date within a maximum of the next 28 days or fund the patient's treatment at the time and hospital of the patient's choice.
The Department is seeking to reduce the number of cancellations. First, by increasing the use of day surgery and treatment centres to minimize the effect of emergencies that can cause cancellations. Second, by including cancellations in the ratings of hospitals in the patient choice information booklets. Third, through the 18 weeks maximum waiting time target which will require national health service trusts to treat promptly patients whose operations are cancelled.
Despite the increasing number of national health service operations cancellations at the last minute, they are 16 per cent. lower than three years ago.
Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 17 January 2006, Official Report, column 1293W, to question ref. 38278, on Capio Healthcare UK, on what date Capio Healthcare UK submitted its bid for the contract in the programme for the provision of a national chain of treatment centres. 
Capio Healthcare UK submitted its bid for the contract for the provision of a national chain of treatment centres on 13 June 2003.
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Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cardiac physiologists have worked in the NHS in each year since 1997; and how many full-time equivalent posts this represents. 
Mr. Byrne: Information on the number of healthcare scientists working in the cardiology area of work as at September 2004 is shown in the table.
|Full time equivalent||Headcount|
|Consultant Clinical Scientist (Grade C)|
|Clinical Scientist (Grade A and B)|
Cardiac Physiologists had not been separately collected from other healthcare scientists until the 2004 workforce census.
Rosie Cooper: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the oral answer of 25 October 2005, Official Report, column 156, to the hon. Member for Wimbledon (Stephen Hammond) on NHS finance, what the level of deficit was in each year for (a) each hospital within the Merseyside/Cheshire strategic health authority (SHA) area and (b) the SHA itself. 
Mr. Byrne: Cheshire and Merseyside strategic health authority (SHA) was formed in 200203. The final financial position for each national health service trust covered by Cheshire and Merseyside SHA and for the Cheshire and Merseyside SHA for the years 200203 to 200405 are shown in the table.
The table also includes the 200506 month six forecast financial position for both the Cheshire and Merseyside SHA and for the NHS trusts covered by the SHA.
|NHS trust under/(over) spend|
|NHS trust name||200203||200304||200405||200506(40)|
|5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Trust||30||15||38||-4,071|
|Aintree Hospitals NHS Trust||5||5||7||0|
|Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Trust||3||33||13||0|
|Clatterbridge Centre for Oncology NHSTrust||6||22||32||0|
|Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Trust(41)||2||1||n/a||n/a|
|East Cheshire NHS Trust||10||19||24||-13,500|
|Liverpool Women's Hospital NHS Trust(42)||9||7||7||n/a|
|Mersey Care NHS Trust||2,428||0||9||0|
|Mersey Regional Ambulance Service NHS Trust||5||6||15||0|
|North Cheshire Hospitals NHS Trust||8||25||84||-2,000|
|Royal Liverpool Broadgreen Hospital NHS Trust||0||0||0||-2,389|
|Royal Liverpool Children's NHS Trust||1||3||10||-2,055|
|Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust||7||1||-1,189||-15,000|
|St Helens and Knowsley Hospitals NHS Trust||2||93||9||0|
|The Cardiothoracic CntrLiverpool NHS Trust||0||0||0||0|
|The Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Trust||23||3||31||-6,044|
|Walton Neurology Centre NHS Trust||15||10||10||0|
|Wirral Hospital NHS Trust||19||16||25||0|
|Cheshire and Merseyside SHA||189||5,234||6,483||17,596|
Rosie Cooper: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was allocated by her Department to Cheshire and Merseyside strategic health authority for (a) capital projects and (b) revenue funding in each of the last five years; and what the purpose of each allocation was. 
Mr. Byrne: Cheshire and Merseyside strategic health authority (SHA) was formed in 200203. The capital allocations made to Cheshire and Merseyside SHA for the years 200304 to 200506 are shown in the table.
1. Strategic capital is allocated for prioritisation by the SHA across the health economy. Strategic capital is allocated to NHS trusts and primary care trusts (PCTs) for larger capital projects facilitating strategic change. 2. Operational capital is allocated directly to NHS trusts and PCTs within the SHA health economy for minor capital developments and equipment replacement. 3. The access fund is allocated to the SHA to reward progress against access targets within the patch.
Cheshire and Merseyside SHA has received revenue allocations for its running costs of £4.7 million in 200304, £5.1 million in 200405 and £5.4 million in 200506. This funding is to cover the day-to-day operational management and running of the SHA to allow it to carry out its responsibilities and functions.
In addition, revenue allocations are made to PCTs to enable them to commission health care for their local populations. The funding covers hospital and community health services, prescribing and primary medical services. The revenue allocations for 200306 and 200608 for PCTs in the Cheshire and Merseyside SHA are shown in the tables.
| Allocation||Three year increase|
|PCT||200304 (£000)||200405 (£000)||200506 (£000)||£000||Percentage|
|Bebington and West Wirral||99,993||108,879||118,128||26,451||28.9|
|Birkenhead and Wallasey||224,569||246,463||269,198||65,022||31.8|
|Ellesmere Port and Neston||77,814||84,726||91,920||20,609||28.9|
|Southport and Formby||115,701||125,978||136,676||30,640||28.9|
|Allocation||Two year increase|
|PCT||200607 (£000)||200708 (£000)||£000||Percentage|
|Bebington and West Wirral||138,522||149,618||21,738||17.0|
|Birkenhead and Wallasey||321,016||350,999||57,453||19.6|
|Ellesmere Port and Neston||107,271||116,811||17,700||17.9|
|Southport and Formby||161,841||175,035||25,382||17.0|
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