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Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many full-time equivalent midwives were working in (a) Southend and (b) Essex in each of the last five years; and how many were working in each NHS organisation in (i) Southend and (ii) Essex in each of the last five years. 
1. Only those trusts that provide midwifery services are included in the table.
2. Colchester Hospital University Foundation Trust gained foundation trust status on 1 May 2008; it was formerly known as Essex Rivers Healthcare NHS trust.
The NHS Information Centre for health and social care Non-Medical Workforce Census.
Anne Milton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library a copy of each piece of written advice he has received from the Co-operation and Competition Panel on the preferred provider policy for the NHS. 
Mr. Mike O'Brien: We have engaged extensively with the Cooperation and Competition Panel (CCP) in the development of guidance setting out the implications of the preferred provider policy. However, the Department does not normally disclose advice on policy guidance that is yet to be approved by Ministers. We will consider publishing details of the CCP's advice following publication of any guidance.
Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) children up to 16 years old, and (b) elderly and (c) other patients were seen per hour in the accident and emergency department of Northwick Park Hospital in the latest period for which figures are available. 
|Total number of attendances in 2008-09 accident and emergency (A and E) HES, broken down by 24 hour of arrival and age groups, in North West London NHS Trust|
|Activity in English national health service hospitals and English NHS commissioned activity in the independent sector|
|24 hour arrival||16 and under||17-64||65+||Not known|
1. Total attendance
An attendance is a record for every patient that attends an A and E department, including a major A and E department, single specialty A and E departments, walk-in centres and minor injuries units. Any one patient can have multiple attendances, which may be in the same or different time period, for the same or different condition. An attendance can be split into whether the attendance was either a new or a follow-up attendance, using the 'Attendance Category' data field.
2. A and E data quality
Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) are compiled from data sent by a number of NHS providers across England. The NHS Information centre for health and social care liaises closely with these organisations to encourage submission of complete and valid data and seek to minimise inaccuracies and the effect of missing and invalid data via HES processes. While this brings about improvement over time, some shortcomings remain. A and E HES data are available for the year 2007-08, which covers attendances reported between April 2007 and March 2008. The A and E HES data for 2007-08 are the first record level national A and E attendance data to be available within HES. The current coverage and quality of A and E data in HES is poor and for this reason the dataset has been labelled as 'experimental'. Allowing access to this data will also help stimulate discussion and encourage trusts to improve quality for subsequent releases. The 2007-08 A and E HES publication addresses some of the key data quality and coverage issues. This report is available on HESonline:
Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), The NHS Information Centre for health and social care
Mr. Cash: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding has been allocated by (a) North Staffordshire, (b) South Staffordshire and (c) Stoke-on-Trent primary care trusts for carer's respite in (i) 2009-10, (ii) 2010-11 and (iii) 2011-12. 
The Department does not break down primary care trust (PCT) revenue allocations by policies at either national or local level and there is no weighted capitation formula specific to carers that would allow needs to be accurately identified at the local level. It is therefore for PCTs to decide their priorities for investment locally, taking into account their local circumstances and priorities set out in the NHS Operating Framework.
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has taken steps to put in place a complaints system for (a) self-funding users of residential social care, (b) partly self-funding users of residential social care and (c) residents of privately-run care homes. 
Phil Hope: Section 35 and schedule 5 of the Health Act 2009 contain provisions for a new complaints scheme for adult social care self-funders, to be operated by the local government ombudsman. This scheme is due to be implemented on 1 October 2010.
People whose care is provided or arranged by local authorities, including those who are residents in privately-run care homes, already have access to the existing statutory local authority adult social services complaints procedure.
Ms Abbott: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been paid to each wave 1 independent sector treatment centre (ISTC) under its contract; and how much would have been paid to each ISTC for its work if it had been paid at the national tariff. 
|Treatment centre name||Provider name||Total payment to date (£ million)|
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