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1. For reasons of confidentiality numbers between 1 and 5 have been suppressed and shown as *
2. Data quality
HES are compiled from data sent by over 300 national health service trusts, and primary care trusts (PCTs) in England. Data are also received from a number of independent sector organisations for activity commissioned by the English NHS. 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.
3. Finished admission episodes (FAEs)
A FAE is the first period of in-patient care under one consultant within one healthcare provider. Admissions do not represent the number of in-patients, as a person may have more than one admission within the year.
4. Admission method codes used:
21 = Emergency: via accident and emergency (A and E) services, including the casualty department of the provider
22 = Emergency: via general practitioner
23 = Emergency: via Bed Bureau, including the Central Bureau
24 = Emergency: via consultant out-patient clinic
28 = Emergency: other means, including patients who arrive via the A and E department of another healthcare provider
5. Assessing growth through time
HES figures are available from 1989-90 onwards. During the years that these records have been collected the NHS there have been ongoing improvements in quality and coverage. These improvements in information submitted by the NHS have been particularly marked in the earlier years and need to be borne in mind when analysing time series.
Changes in NHS practice also need to be borne in mind when analysing time series. For example a number of procedures may now be undertaken in out-patient settings and may no longer be accounted in the HES data. This may account for any reductions in activity over time.
6. All diagnoses count of mentions
These figures represent a count of all mentions of a diagnosis in any of the 14 diagnosis fields in the HES data set. Therefore, if a diagnosis is mentioned in more than one diagnosis field during an episode, all diagnoses are counted.
7. Diagnosis codes used:
F10 = Mental and behavioural disorders due to use of alcohol
K70 = Alcoholic liver disease
T51 = Toxic effect of Alcohol
8. Ungrossed data
Figures have not been adjusted for shortfalls in data (ie the data are ungrossed).
Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), the Information Centre for health and social care
However, we have been informed by the London Ambulance Service that there were a total of 410 ambulances and 11 response cars in the ambulance fleet in London in 1999, and 400 ambulances and 143 response cars in 2007. Information is only available for 1999 and 2007 and cannot be provided by individual London borough. These figures are for the total ambulance fleet and do not relate to the number of vehicles at any one time.
Implementation of the Departments research strategy Best Research for Best Health is resulting in an expansion of our research programmes and in significant new funding opportunities for health research. The Liverpool Biomedical Research Centre, formed last year, will for example undertake research on microbial diseases for which a five year centrally funded budget of some £11.7 million has been approved. The infection research themes being pursued by other biomedical research centres will also include research on antibiotics.
The Medical Research Council (MRC) is one of the main agencies through which the Government supports medical and clinical research. The MRC is an independent body that receives its grant-in-aid from the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills.
Mr. Dismore: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time was for a digital hearing aid in (a) Barnet Primary Care Trust and (b) at Edgware Hospital in the latest period for which figures are available; how many patients are waiting (i) for the fitting of an aid and (ii) for repairs; what steps are being taken to improve the service; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Bradshaw: This information requested is not held centrally. The Department will collect referral-to-treatment data on direct access audiologyincluding the fitting of hearing aidsfor the first time from April 2008.
The Department continues to work with the national health service to improve audiology services. A national audiology framework was published in March 2007, and the Department is working directly with the most challenged organisations.
Mr. Greg Knight: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 5 December 2007, Official Report, column 1309W, on Bridlington hospital cleaning services, when the deep clean of the hospital will be completed; and what the expected cost is. 
Ann Keen: All trusts were required to submit and agree their deep clean plans with primary care trusts in their area by 14 December 2007 and this process has been monitored and assessed by strategic health authorities (SHAs). I refer the hon. Member to the written ministerial statement given by the Secretary of State for Health, on 17 January 2008, Official Report, columns 38-39WS. Further information on the implementation of the deep clean of the national health service is available from SHAs. All deep cleans will be complete by the end of March 2008.
Ann Keen [holding answer 21 January 2008]: The relevant Impact Assessment gives further details of the estimated costs and savings for the recommendations and initiatives announced in the Cancer Reform Strategy. A copy of the assessment has been placed in the Library. The total resources required to deliver the Strategy are being made available to the national health service through primacy care trust (PCT) allocations. General PCT allocations are not, however, broken down into specific budgets for individual initiatives.
These initiatives will also involve collaboration with many non-Departmental organisations and charities, in addition to the NHS, who provide an invaluable contribution over and above that funded through PCT allocations.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what items of his Departments (a) revenue and (b) expenditure are uprated using (i) the consumer prices index, (ii) the retail prices index and (iii) other measures of inflation. 
For Business Planning purposes, the Department normally uses the relevant Gross Domestic Product Deflators as provided by HM Treasury to estimate the future pay bill. For non-pay costs and income, business managers are expected to use specialist/local knowledge and judgment to assess future costs and this may include reference to published indices on a case-by-case basis.
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to paragraph 10, page 59 of his Departments resource accounts for 2006-07, if he will break down the £836,000 his Department lost on the disposal of fixed assets by asset disposed of. 
write-off of fixtures and fittings of £157,000 following the vacation of Eileen House and Hannibal House as part of the rationalisation of the Departments London office accommodation; and
following a management review of balance sheet valuations, 26 different software development projects, six information technology (IT) hardware projects, and six minor IT purchases with a total value of £669,000 were written-off.
Mr. Bradshaw: The Department has a policy to recycle as much of its waste as possible. In recent years our performance in this area has been substantially in excess of the Sustainable Development in Government, and Sustainable Operations on the Government Estate targets.
All our general waste is sent to a materials recycling facility, where it is segregated and sent for recycling. We also seek to reallocate or recycle as much of our redundant Information Technology kit and furniture as possible.
Mr. Dismore: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the participation rates of drug users in treatment programmes in Barnet are; what the performance of such programmes has been against targets in the last period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Bradshaw: Data taken from the national drug treatment monitoring system reports that 885 people from Barnet entered drug treatment in 2006-07. Barnet drug action team set a local delivery plan stretch target of 834 entering treatment in 2006-07, exceeding their target by 51.
A client will have been successfully treated if they have left a treatment plan drug free within 12 weeks, were referred onto aftercare e.g. supported housing; completed their own personal treatment plan within 12 weeks which would not necessarily mean drug free; as well as were retained in treatment for 12 weeks or over.
Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many illicit drug-related emergency admissions to hospitals in Tamworth constituency there were in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) age and (b) sex. 
Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people under the age of 18 years have been treated for a drug-related illness in each London primary care trust in each of the previous five years. 
Dawn Primarolo: Information on the number of people under the age of 18 treated for a drug-related illness in each London primary care trust in each of the previous five years, is not collected centrally.
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