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Engagements

Mr. Bone: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Hastings and Rye (Michael Jabez Foster) of 11 October 2006, Official Report, column 291, on engagements,
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what the reasons are for the differences between the Prime Minister’s answer and the figures for the number of patients waiting over 26 weeks at the end of August 2006 given in the Department of Health statistical press notice of 29 September 2006. [97137]

Andy Burnham: The six-month operational standard came into effect across the national health service from 1 January 2006. No patient should have to be waiting longer than this for in-patient treatment from the decision-to-treat date.

Latest data for the end of August 2006 show that 115 patients, less than 0.02 per cent. of a total waiting list of 769,461, were waiting over six months. This compares with 1997 when almost 300,000 people were waiting more than 15 months for their operations.

Health Sector Training

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many training places for (a) nurses, (b) midwives and (c) radiographers there were in 2005-06. [93882]

Ms Rosie Winterton: There were 23,230 nurse, 2,220 midwifery and 1,555 radiography training places available in 2005-06.

Hospital Beds

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) total number of beds and (b) number of beds per 100,000 population has been in each strategic health authority area in each year since 2002-03. [94989]

Andy Burnham: The following table sets out the total number of beds and number of beds per 100,000 population by SHA since 2002-03.


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2005-06 2004-05
Code SHA Total number of available beds Beds per 100,000 population Total number of available beds Beds per 100,000 population

Q01

Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire

7,734

341.5

8,276

369.8

Q02

Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire

4,241

260.0

4,280

264.6

Q03

Essex

4,877

296.3

4,828

295.2

Q04

North West London

6,566

350.9

6,719

366.3

Q05

North Central London

5,680

456.8

5,768

469.7

Q06

North East London

5,715

370.5

5,960

389.2

Q07

South East London

5,583

366.2

5,807

383.5

Q08

South West London

4,572

342.3

4,760

360.3

Q09

Northumberland, Tyne and Wear

6,766

481.1

6,854

490.8

Q10

County Durham and Tees Valley

4,618

401.0

4,719

410.9

Q11

North and East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire

5,139

309.6

5,202

314.8

Q12

West Yorkshire

7,356

347.2

7,784

369.2

Q13

Cumbria and Lancashire

6,954

358.8

7,082

367.0

Q14

Greater Manchester

10,162

398.9

10,404

409.8

Q15

Cheshire and Merseyside

9,430

399.5

9,788

415.0

Q16

Thames Valley

5,828

272.4

5,995

282.7

Q17

Hampshire and Isle of Wight

5,377

296.9

5,852

324.9

Q18

Kent and Medway

4,524

279.1

4,742

294.5

Q19

Surrey and Sussex

8,027

309.6

8,312

322.5

Q20

Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire

8,023

361.2

8,033

364.1

Q21

South West Peninsula

5,812

356.7

6,010

371.2

Q22

Dorset and Somerset

4,559

374.5

4,678

385.7

Q23

South Yorkshire

5,808

451.7

5,922

463.2

Q24

Trent

8,713

322.5

9,120

339.3

Q25

Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland

5,027

313.2

5,200

326.6

Q26

Shropshire and Staffordshire

4,671

310.2

4,892

326.2

Q27

Birmingham and the Black Country

9,084

397.2

9,135

401.6

Q28

West Midlands South

4,800

305.2

4,800

307.8


2003-04 2002-03
Code SHA Total number of available beds Beds per 100,000 population Total number of available beds Beds per 100,000 population

Q01

Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire

8,503

383.2

8,436

384.8

Q02

Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire

4,232

262.1

4,417

274.8

Q03

Essex

4,755

291.8

5,064

312.0

Q04

North West London

6,581

362.7

6,868

380.2

Q05

North Central London

5,821

477.0

5,719

471.2

Q06

North East London

6,050

395.2

6,138

401.8

Q07

South East London

5,806

384.0

5,729

378.1

Q08

South West London

4,790

365.5

4,467

341.5

Q09

Northumberland, Tyne and Wear

6,963

500.0

7,029

504.9

Q10

County Durham and Tees Valley

4,878

425.3

4,873

425.2

Q11

North and East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire

5,198

316.8

5,237

320.6

Q12

West Yorkshire

8,601

410.4

8,476

405.4

Q13

Cumbria and Lancashire

7,519

391.8

7,579

396.7

Q14

Greater Manchester

10,664

421.3

10,670

423.0

Q15

Cheshire and Merseyside

9,752

414.2

9,708

413.0

Q16

Thames Valley

6,129

290.1

6,031

286.7

Q17

Hampshire and Isle of Wight

5,777

321.4

5,772

322.8

Q18

Kent and Medway

4,742

296.4

4,738

298.0

Q19

Surrey and Sussex

8,909

346.5

8,879

346.5

Q20

Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire

8,084

368.9

8,368

384.2

Q21

South West Peninsula

6,056

378.2

5,691

357.8

Q22

Dorset and Somerset

4,785

396.5

4,843

403.8

Q23

South Yorkshire

5,846

459.4

5,960

469.7

Q24

Trent

9,339

349.7

8,874

334.7

Q25

Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland

5,371

339.6

5,368

341.5

Q26

Shropshire and Staffordshire

4,923

329.1

4,850

324.8

Q27

Birmingham and the Black Country

9,205

404.9

9,153

402.8

Q28

West Midlands South

4,743

305.9

4,890

317.8


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