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Hospitals

Volume 447: debated on Monday 5 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) NHS trusts and (b) foundation hospitals in England recorded unsafe staffing levels in 2005. (72257)

All national health service organisations are required to ensure that they have sufficient appropriately trained staff to deliver high quality care in safe environments. Their performance in terms of safety and care environments is reviewed by the Healthcare Commission. The Department does not collect the information requested.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospitals were failing to meet Government targets in (a) England and (b) the boroughs of the Tees Valley sub-region in the latest month for which figures are available. (32766)

In line with the principles of devolution, the Department monitors progress against local delivery plans that strategic health authorities agree with primary care trusts. These plans are based on current Government priorities set out in “National Standards, Local Action: Health and Social Care Standards and Planning Framework 2005/06-2007/08” at SHA level.

Individual national health service trust performance against national priorities is assessed by the independent regulator, the Healthcare Commission, through its annual performance ratings process. The latest performance ratings are available on the Healthcare Commission's website at ratings2005.healthcarecommission.org.uk/.