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Health Services (Hemsworth)

Volume 404: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of chiropody services in the Hemsworth constituency. [109980]

Primary care trusts now have the responsibility for improving the health of the community, securing the provision of high quality services, and integrating health and social care locally. They have the resources to commission services, and to identify the number of professional staff that they need to deliver those services. This process provides the means for addressing local needs within the health community including the provision of chiropody services.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement about the availability of digital hearing aids in (a) Hemsworth constituency and (b) West Yorkshire. [109876]

Audiology services in the Hemsworth constituency are provided through the Mid Yorkshire National Health Service Trust, which is not yet providing digital hearing aids through the modernising hearing aid services (MHAS) project. Following the announcement, on 7 February, of an additional £94 million to ensure that all NHS hearing aid services are providing digital hearing aids by April 2005, all trusts not yet involved were invited to indicate the preferred timing for modernisation. Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust has applied for modernisation in 2003–04. A firm timetable for modernisation will be agreed between the trust and the MHAS project management team shortly.Of the other audiology services in West Yorkshire, Bradford Hospitals NHS Trust and Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust have been fitting digital hearing aids, as part of MHAS, since 2001. Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust has applied for modernisation in 2003–04 and the audiology department in Airedale has yet to indicate a preferred date. The Royal National Institute for the Deaf has now written to all trusts who have not given a preference for full modernisation and will be pursuing them.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether there is a teenage cancer unit which serves young people in the Hemsworth constituency. [109868]

[holding answer 28 April 2003]: Children's cancer services are provided at the St. James's University Hospital, which is part of the Leeds Teaching Hospitals National Health Service Trust. The hospital also houses a specific teenage and adolescent cancer unit, which serves the Hemsworth area.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients waited more than (a) three months, (b) six months, (c) nine months, and (d) 12 months for (i) heart operations, (ii) cancer treatment and (iii) hip replacements in each NHS hospital trust in the Hemsworth constituency in each year since 1997. [109874]

[holding answer 28 April 2003]: Information relating to waiting list and booked admissions where patients waited more than three months, six months, nine months and 12 months for selected diagnoses and operations in the Hemsworth area is shown in the table.

Number of elective admissions
> 3 months3,9864,7283,8453,3653,661
> 6 months1,8902,3821,6321,3931,624
> 9 months1,1151,345788719864
> 12 months608635336310383
Heart diseases
> 3 months4,5305,3065,1215,4015,330
> 6 months2,7923,2672,8442,9982,774
> 9 months1,7642,2931,7471,7821,672
> 12 months1,0651,153915825671
Heart operations
> 3 months1,7772,1802,3982,7002,860
> 6 months1,0521,1561,1631,4711,388
> 9 months577849741949861
> 12 months354339441467311
Hip replacement
> 3 months756889929924983
> 6 months492572628647656
> 9 months288372364379404
> 12 months152198171171167


Figures in this table have not yet been adjusted for shortfalls in data.

Waiting time statistics from HES are not the same as the published waiting list statistics. HES provides counts and waiting times for patients admitted to hospital within a given period whereas the published waiting list statistics count those waiting for treatment at a given point in time and how long they have been on the waiting list. Also, HES calculates the waiting time as the difference between the admission and decision to admit dates. Unlike published waiting list statistics, this is not adjusted for self-deferrals or periods of medical/social suspension.

Cancer COO-D48 (ICD 10)

Heart Diseases 100–199 (ICD 10)

Heart Operations K01-K71 (OPCS 4R)

Hip Replacement W37-W39 (OPCS4R)

The Hemsworth area is defined by HA areas QDD Bradford, QDH Leeds, QDQ Wakefield and QDT Calderdale and Kirklees.


Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), Department of Health.