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Information on the average waiting time for out-patient operations is not collected centrally. While some procedures might take place in out-patients, when an operation is required this will most likely be in an in-patient setting either as a day case or overnight admission.
|Median waiting time (weeks)|
|Patients still waiting at period end||Patients seen during the quarter|
1. Out-patient waiting times are measured from referral by the general practitioner to first out-patient appointment to the consultant.
2. In-patient waiting times are measured from decision to admit to admission.
3. Out-patient commissioner data only available from June 1997.
4. Full out-patient waiting list only available from 2004-05, hence no median available on this basis before then.
5. Out-patient waiting times on a 'seen' basis ceased in September 2007.
6. Median waiting times are calculated from aggregate data, rather than patient level data, and therefore are only estimates of the average wait.
Department of Health QM08R, QFO1 and monthly monitoring collections
Dr. Starkey: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were administered (a) swine influenza vaccines and (b) seasonal influenza vaccines by the Milton Keynes Primary Care Trust in 2008-09. 
Gillian Merron: The total numbers of doses of swine and seasonal influenza vaccines administered by the Milton Keynes Primary Care Trust (PCT) in the 2008-09 seasonal influenza immunisation programme and up to 30 November 2009 in the 2009-10 seasonal and swine influenza immunisation programmes are given in the following table.
For seasonal influenza, a single dose of vaccine is given therefore, the figures equate to the number of people vaccinated. For swine influenza vaccine, most, but not all, people are given a single dose of vaccine (some are given two doses of vaccine). Therefore, the total number of people vaccinated will be a little less than the number of doses given (data on the number of people vaccinated are not yet available).
|2008-09( 1)||2009-10( 2)|
|(1) Figures up to the end of the immunisation programme (31 January 2009).|
(2) Provisional figures collected part-way through the immunisation programmes (data available up to 30 November 2009).
(3) Excludes vaccination of health care workers (HCWs) in Milton Keynes PCT for which there are no data.
(4) Includes vaccination of HCWs in Milton Keynes PCT.
Paul Holmes: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether steps have been taken to implement the new minimum target for the national health service of 14 days to transfer a prisoner with acute, severe mental illness to an appropriate health care facility. 
Phil Hope: The cross-government delivery plan "Improving Health, Supporting Justice" published in November 2009, sets out the intention to introduce a 14-day transfer process for prisoners with acute, severe mental disorder under section 47 and section 48 of the Mental Health Act 1983.
The Department has set up a prison transfer project to lead on the implementation of 14-day transfers. A national expert advisory group has been established to support the work of the project. This group comprises key stakeholders from the Her Majesty's Prison Service, the national health service, The Royal College of Nursing, the Care Quality Commission, Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Prisons and the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
Paul Holmes: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consideration he has given to the recommendation of Lord Bradley's review of people with mental health problems or disabilities in the criminal justice system for a review to examine the potential for early intervention and diversion for children and young people with mental health problems or learning difficulties who have offended or who are at risk of offending. 
Phil Hope: "Healthy Children, Safer Communities-A strategy to promote the health and well-being of children and young people in contact with the youth justice system" was published on 8 December 2009.
While this cross-government strategy sets out a wide vision for improving the health and well-being of children and young people in contact with the Youth Justice System (YJS), it also addresses the three recommendations about children in Lord Bradley's review of people with mental health problems or learning disabilities in the criminal justice system.
In relation to Lord Bradley's third recommendation for children, work is under way (under the Offender Health children and young people programme in the Department) to examine the potential for early intervention and diversion. This work will continue and will be overseen by the Healthy Children, Safer Communities Programme Board.
It includes evaluation of the Youth Justice Liaison and Diversion pilots and development of guidance arising from this strategy. In addition, a detailed paper about the health needs of children in contact with the YJS will be placed on the Department's website alongside the strategy in the first quarter of this year, followed at a later date by a paper on the evidence base for effective interventions. This paper will be linked to the guidance mentioned above.
Mr. Mike O'Brien: No. An independent inquiry chaired by Robert Francis QC is currently examining evidence relating to the operation of Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, and my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health announced its establishment to the House on 21 July 2009, Official Report, columns 123-25W. The inquiry is due to report its findings to us by the end of this month.
Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many full-time equivalent midwives were in post at each hospital providing maternity services in the South East in each of the last five years. 
|National health service hospital and community health services: number of full-time equivalent midwives in each specified strategic health authority area by organisation as at 30 September each year|
1. Some individual trusts' figures may in some years be subject to data quality issues. All figures are validated and signed off by trusts prior to publication.
2. Full-time equivalent figures are rounded to the nearest whole number.
3. '-' zero.
4. Data Quality. Workforce statistics are compiled from data sent by more than 300 NHS trusts and PCTs in England. The NHS 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. Processing methods and procedures are continually being updated to improve data quality. Where this happens any impact on figures already published will be assessed but unless this is significant at national level they will not be changed. Where there is impact only at detailed or local level this will be footnoted in relevant analyses.
The NHS information centre for health and social care Non-Medical Workforce Census.
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