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Ms Rosie Winterton: Appointments to national health service trust boards are delegated to the NHS Appointments Commission. I have asked the chair of the Commission, Sir William Wells to write to my hon. Friend with the information requested.
The numbers of reported fire incidents originating in operating departments in the national health service in England are shown in the table. A fire incident is defined as any incident where fire alarms have been activated and the fire service has attended.
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|Number of incidents|
The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) registers all nurses who work in the United Kingdom and produces a statistical breakdown of its register. An analysis of the register can be found on the NMC website at www.nmc-uk.org.
|Total expenditure-all ages||Expenditure on children (ages 015) excluding expenditure on maternity services|
Tom Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action he has taken to ensure that patients' complaints against NHS hospitals within the Greater London area are dealt with immediately; and if he will make a statement. 
Dr. Ladyman: The National Health Service (Complaints) Regulations 2004 came into force on 30 July. They contain all the time scales for local resolution. Supporting guidance was issued at the same time. Both are available on the Department's website at http://www.dh.gov.uk/assetRoot/04/08/81/57/04088157.pdf
|NHS Trust||Value (£ million)||Private finance initiative/Public||Financial close/tender award date|
|Queen Mary's HospitalSidcup||15||PFI||Open|
|Queen Elizabeth HospitalGreenwich||96||PFI||Open|
|Barnet and Chase Farm||54||PFI||Open|
|North East London Mental Health||11||PFI||Open|
|East London and The City Mental HealthNewham||15||PFI||Open|
|King's College Hospital||76||PFI||Open|
|West Middlesex University Hospital||60||PFI||Open|
|St. George's Healthcare||46||PFI||Open|
|The Whittington||32||PFI||Under construction|
|University College London Hospitals||422||PFI||Under construction|
|Brent Primary Care TrustWillesden||21||PFI||Under construction|
|Newham Healthcare||52||PFI||Under construction|
|North West London HospitalsCentral Middlesex||69||PFI||Under construction|
|Wandsworth PCTQueen Mary's Roehampton||75||PFI||Under construction|
|Lewisham Hospital||51||PFI||Under construction|
|Barking, Havering and Redbridge Hospitals||238||PFI||Under construction|
|Whipps Cross University Hospital||328||PFI||In procurement|
|Barts and The London||1,052||PFI||In procurement|
|Kingston Hospital||28||PFI||In procurement|
|North Middlesex University Hospital||74||PFI||In procurement|
|Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals||76||PFI||Pre-procurement|
|St. Mary's (Paddington Basin)||800||PFI||Pre-procurement|
|Amount (£ million)|
This represents an increase of 132 per cent., or £811 million. These sums formed part of the overall national health service training budgets allocated to regional health authorities and, more recently, to strategic health authorities. The amounts that postgraduate deaneries actually received will have been determined locally in the light of local priorities and national work force targets.
Many clinical radiologists undertake interventional radiological procedures and most of them combine diagnosis and intervention in their practice. There is no certificate of completion of specialist training in interventional radiology, therefore the Department does not collect data on the numbers of interventional radiologists practising in the national health service.
Since September 1997, numbers of consultants in clinical radiology have increased by 417, or 29 per cent. Consultant numbers are expected to increase further as a result of the significant investment in training capacity in this speciality.
Between 200203 and 200405, 166 additional centrally funded specialist registrar posts have been allocated to clinical radiology. In 200506, there are plans in place to create up to 60 posts for the new clinical radiology academies.
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Jon Trickett: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 22 July 2004, Official Report, columns 7377WS, on reducing bureaucracy, what assessment he has made of the future role of private contractors in NHS procurement. 
Mr. Hutton: The Department's commercial directorate is scrutinising the business processes and procurement activities of many of the central services of the Department's arm's length bodies (ALBs) to establish the full scope of the efficiencies to be made, especially in relation to the moneyabout £3 billionthat is spent by ALBs on behalf of frontline organisations on national health service supplies, temporary staff and litigation services. This includes evaluation of the value that could be achieved by partnering with the private sector.
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