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|Table 3: NHS hospital and community health services: p harmacy staff in England by level as at 30 September each specified year|
|1997||2005||2006||Change 1997- 20 06||Percentage change 1997- 20 06||Change 2005-06||Percentage change 2005-06|
| Notes : 1. Figures are rounded to the nearest whole number. 2. More accurate validation processes in 2006 have resulted in the identification and removal of 9,858 duplicate non-medical staff records out of the total workforce figure of 1.3 million in 2006. Earlier years' figures could not be accurately validated in this way and so will be slightly inflated. The level of inflation in earlier years figures is estimated to be less than 1 per cent. of total across all non-medical staff groups for headcount figures (and negligible for full-time equivalents). This should be taken into consideration when analysing trends over time. Source: The Information Centre for health and social care Non-Medical Workforce Census.|
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 14 January 2008, Official Report, column 1020W, what the value of outstanding claims against other member states from 2006-07 is, broken down by member state. 
Dawn Primarolo: In line with European Commission Regulations, the national health service treats a large number of European Economic Area (EEA) patients every year, either as temporary visitors requiring treatment while visiting the United Kingdom or as clinical referrals from their home member state. This, coupled with the lag between the provision of treatment, the collation of the claim data and the often lengthy process of reviewing and then accepting or rejecting a claim by another member state, means it is normal practice for EEA countries (including the UK) to have outstanding claims. The UK regularly liaises with the authorities of other member states to resolve matters around outstanding claims.
The available information on outstanding claims against other member states to date for the claim years 2006 and 2007 is set out as follows. This is a snapshot of the current amount owed to the UK, based on claims submitted to date.
|Claim year( 1)||Outstanding claim amounts( 2)|
|(1) Under EU Regulations actual claims submitted are made on basis of calendar year.|
(2) Based on claims submitted to date.
Anne Milton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time was for patients with hearing and balance disorders to receive treatment in the latest period for which figures are available. 
From April 2008, the Department will collect information on waits for direct access audiology treatment for patients who are referred directly to audiologists or clinical scientists in audiological medicine. Patients referred for surgical or medical consultant-led care are already covered by the target of treatment within 18 weeks of referral by December 2008.
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