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|Independent sector treatment centre utilisation|
Figures include the mobile ophthalmology service but exclude the general supplementary contracts, the national contract for MRI services, and the pathfinder schemes. Utilisation is measured on the basis of value rather than activity to allow for the variations which can occur through substitution of activity between procedures of varying value.
The Department procured independent sector capacity on the basis of capacity planning exercises conducted through strategic health authorities where the additional capacity in elective treatment and diagnostics required to meet key public service agreement waiting times targets was estimated. Where the estimates of demand have not been met so far in a contract the Department is working with the national health service and independent providers to ensure contracts deliver best value over the life of the contract.
Infant mortality by socio-economic group based on father's occupation is collected and routinely published. This information is used to monitor the health inequalities infant mortality PSA target, and progress since 1997-99 is set out in the table.
Infant mortality rates have improved in all socio-economic groups with rates at a historic low level. However, rates have improved faster in the general population than in lower socio-economic groups. The overall national infant mortality rate for jointly registered births has fallen from 5.6 per 1,000 live births in 1997-99 to 4.9 in 2002-04, compared with a fall in routine and manual groups from 6.3 per 1,000 live births in 1997-99 to 5.9 in 2002-04. The result is that, despite the overall improvement, the gap has widened since 1997-99, though it has remained the same since 2001-03.
|3-year average infant mortality rates( 1) by NS-SEC 90 for 1997-2001 and NS-SEC for 2001 onwards by NS-SEC analytical classes|
|NS-SEC 90||NS-SEC 2001|
|Analytical classes||1997-99||1998-2000||1999-2001||1999-2001( 2)||2000-02( 2)||2001-03||2002-04|
|(1) Infant deaths per 1,000 live births. (2) Using NS SEC for 2001 and later years' data. Information on the father's occupation is not collected for births outside marriage if the father does not attend the registration of the baby's birth. (3) Infants born inside marriage or outside marriage jointly registered by both parents. Notes: 1. Figures for live births are a 10 per cent. sample coded for father's occupation. 2. The table does not show rates for those in the "other" NS-SEC groups. Source: ONS.|
Caroline Flint: This information is not collected centrally as a matter of routine. However, we are aware that the Gloucestershire, North Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire primary care trusts have temporarily suspended the provision of in vitro fertilisation procedures. We are working with the patient support organisation Infertility Network UK to help primary care trusts engage with fertility patients in the planning and prioritisation of services.
Caroline Flint: I refer the hon. Member to my reply given to question 99897 which refers to our work with the patient support organisation Infertility Network UK to help primary care trusts engage with fertility patients in the planning and prioritisation of services.
influenza due to be identified influenza virus (code J10); and
influenza where the virus has not been identified (code J11).
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