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I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my hon. Friend, the Member for Wythenshawe and Sale, East (Paul Goggins) on 27 February 2006, Official Report, column 107W.
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Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 31 January 2006, Official Report, columns 44950W, how many people attended A&E walk-in centres in (a) 200304 and (b) 200405 in (i) England and (ii) the Countess of Chester hospital. 
Mr. Byrne: A&E Walk in Centres" describes data on all national health service walk in centres collected through Quarterly Monitoring of Key Standards and Targets: Accident and Emergency, England (QMAE). 1,381,841 and 2,031,430 attendances at NHS walk in centres were reported in England through the QMAE data set in 200304 and 200405 respectively. Attendances are defined as visits to a walk in centre that result in the attender being seen by a clinician. There is not and never has been an NHS walk in centre at the Countess of Chester hospital so it is not possible to supply the data requested in respect of this service.
Mr. Byrne: To date, there has been no specific expenditure on advising the national health service on advertising and marketing by individual hospitals. The Department's advice to the NHS on this issue is contained within paragraphs 4.194.21 of The NHS in England: The operating framework for 200607", which was published on 26 January 2006.
Frank Dobson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much has been spent by the NHS in 200506 on advice and preparation for advertising and marketing campaigns for individual hospitals; 
Anne Milton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 31 January 2006, Official Report, columns 45455W, on departmental advertising campaigns, if she will list the amounts spent on the campaigns listed in each of the past five years. 
|National health service including nurse recruitment||4.9||5.00||4.23||4.9||5.84|
|Social care recruitment||||0.83||1.24||4.62||2.14|
|Winter (Get the right treatment, Ask about medicines day)||2.03||0.16||0.25||1.75||0.59|
|Promoting new NHS services||||||||||0.85|
|Amount spent on advertising (£)|
Mr. Spellar: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 6 February 2006, Official Report, column 976W, on hospitals, when she expects to issue guidelines for advertising by hospitals. 
Mr. Byrne: All advertising should present accurate and fair information about services. No activity should be undertaken which undermines the reputation of the national health service. These initial principles to safeguard patients and the public are already set out in The NHS in England: the operating framework for 200607".
The Department are now working with key stakeholders such as the NHS Confederation, the Foundation Trust Network, NHS Partners and the Healthcare Commission to develop further guidance, which will be published later in the year.
Mr. Graham Stuart: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will assess the performance of Tees, East and North Yorkshire ambulance service in meeting national standards for answering emergency calls in rural areas in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Byrne: The table shows the response times by category of call for emergency incidents dealt with by the Tees, East and North Yorkshire ambulance service national health service trust (TENYAS) as a percentage for the past five years. In 200405, TENYAS exceeded the national performance requirements for responding to category A emergency incidents.
|Within 8 minutes(39)||52.8||71.9||73.4||73.7||77.1|
|Within 19 minutes(40)||96.4||97.8||97.6||97.9||98.5|
|Within 19 minutes(41)||95.7||96.5||95.4||95.7||94.8a|
The modernising hearing aids programme introduced several initiatives to increase the capacity to deliver national health service audiology services. These included the national framework contract public private partnership to bring in additional independent sector capacity; the development of a new degree to help to address the shortage of audiologists and; the introduction of Hearing Direct to provide follow-up care and advice for some hearing aid users.
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Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 16 January 2006, Official Report, column 1064W, to the hon. Member for Worthing, West (Peter Bottomley) on hearing services, how regularly she intends to publish the monthly commissioner-based data for waiting times and activity for pure tone audiometry; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Byrne: Monthly commissioner-based data will be published. As with many new data collections, it may take a number of months of collection before the data are of sufficient quality to be publishable.
Mr. Byrne: Since January 2006, the Department collects information monthly on the number of patients waiting for pure tone audiometry, by time band; and on the amount of activity carried out during the month. The Department plans to commence routine publication of this data from the spring to inform 18-week preparations.
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