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Andy Burnham: The Department has mechanisms in place to monitor the overall performance of NHS Supply Chain.
The establishment of clinical councils, to help determine what products the national health service requires, will enable clinicians or other trust representatives to raise any failing in trust's access to medical technologies for their patients.
There is a process whereby issues can be escalated to the NHS BSA (Supply Chain Management Division), and ultimately a joint board chaired by the Department's Commercial Director General.
Mr. Havard: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what mechanisms her Department has in place to assess whether NHS Supply Chains procurement process will produce long-term savings of (a) patient bed days, (b) nursing time and (c) repeat procedures; and if she will make a statement. 
Andy Burnham: The contract with NHS Supply Chain will measure savings based on the reduction to buy price for the national health service.
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost to the public purse was for the publication and distribution, including by Braille, audio and large print editions, of Days out in the NHS: Listening to the NHS Staff, published by her Department on 31 January. 
Andy Burnham: The total cost was £2,905. This was a web-only publication and therefore no printing or distribution costs. No Braille, audio or large-print versions have been produced.
David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many maternity beds were provided by the Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Trust in each of the last three years. 
Andy Burnham: The information requested is shown in the table. Beds data is collected annually and 2006-07 figures will not be available until August 2007.
|Average daily number of maternity beds, United Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals National Health Service Trust 2003-04 to 2005-06|
|Number of b eds|
| Source: Department of Health dataset KH03.|
Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the starting pay was for nurses at today's prices in each of the last 20 years. 
Ms Rosie Winterton [holding answer 5 March 2007]: The starting pay for a newly qualified nurse at 2006-07 prices in each of the last 20 years is set out in the following table.
|Starting pay cash( 1,)( )( 2)||Starting pay real terms( 3)|
|(1) Starting pay for a newly qualified nurse is normally the minimum of the grade applicable to basic grade qualified nurses. (2) The grades applicable to basic grade qualified nurses in the years set out in the table are as follows:- 1977-78 to 1987-88 Staff Nurse 1988-89 to 2003-04 D Grade 2004-05 to 2006-07 Agenda for Change Band 5 Figures given are for the minimum of these grades in the year in question, including any staged increases. (3) Real terms in 2006-07 prices. (4) The starting pay given for 1995-96 is the rate for non-trust staff. (5) The starting pay given for 2004-05 is the minimum of the Agenda for Change Band 5 scale at the effective date of implementation of Agenda for Change on 1 October 2004.|
Julia Goldsworthy: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average wait for gastric bypass surgery was in each hospital trust in the last period for which figures are available. 
Caroline Flint: The figures are shown in the table.
|Median time waited for finished admission episodes with an elective waiting list or booked admission and a main operation of gastric bypass surgery by treatment provider for 2005-06|
|NHS Hospitals, England Method of Admission 11 Elective - from waiting list and 12 Electivebooked|
|Gastric Bypass Surgery defined by OPCS4.2 Codes: G01.2, G01.3, G27.1, G27.2, G27.3, G27.4, G27.5, G27.8, G27.9, G28.1, G28.2, G28.3, G28.8, G28.9, G31.1, G31.2, G31.3, G31.4, G31.8, G31.9, G31.0, G32.1, G32.2, G32.3, G32.8, G32.9, G32.0, G33.1, G33.2, G33.3, G33.8, G33.9, G33.0|
|Provider c ode||Provider d escription||Median waiting time (days)||Total e pisodes|
Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust
Central Manchester and Manchester Childrens University Hospitals NHS Trust
| Finished admission episodes A finished admission episode is the first period of in-patient care under one consultant within one health care provider. Please note that admissions do not represent the number of in-patients, as a person may have more than one admission within the year. Main Operation The main operation is the first recorded operation in the HES data set and is usually the most resource intensive procedure performed during the episode. It is appropriate to use main operation when looking at admission details, e.g. time waited, but the figures for "all operations count of episodes" give a more complete count of episodes with an operation. Time Waited (days) Time waited statistics from Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) are not the same as the published waiting list statistics. HES provides counts and time waited for all patients admitted to hospital within a given period whereas the published waiting list statistics count those waiting for treatment on a specific date and how long they have been on the waiting list. Also, HES calculates the time waited as the difference between the admission and decision to admit dates. Unlike published waiting list statistics, this is not adjusted for self-deferrals or periods of medical/social suspension. Data Quality Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) are compiled from data sent by over 300 NHS trusts and primary care trusts (PCTs) in England. The Information Centre for health and social care liaises closely with these organisations to encourage submission of complete and valid data and seeks to minimise inaccuracies and the effect of missing and invalid data via HES processes. While this brings about improvement over time, some shortcomings remain. Ungrossed Data Figures have not been adjusted for shortfalls in data (i.e. the data are ungrossed). Low Numbers Due to reasons of confidentiality, episodes figures between 1 and 5 and their corresponding waiting times have been suppressed and replaced with . Source: Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), The Information Centre for Health & Social Care.|
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