§ Chris Grayling
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information about ambulance waits at accident and emergency departments has been collected since 1 January; where this information is kept; and what actions have been taken as a result of the collection of this information. 
§ Mr. Lammy
The Department has asked ambulance trusts to provide information on the number of delays of 15 minutes or more between the time of arrival of an ambulance at accident and emergency (A&E) and the hand-over of the patient to the care of the A&E staff.
This information is fast track internal management information only and is not validated and of poor quality. Coverage is not complete and interpretation of the definition is inconsistent and it is therefore not appropriate for publication under exemption 11 of the code of practice on access to Government information.
§ Chris Grayling
To ask the Secretary of State for Health where the additional accident and emergency funding announced on 25 January 2001 has been spent; and what changes the additional spending has made to the performance of the accident and emergency departments involved. 
§ Mr. Lammy
A total of £150 million was invested in the Accident and Emergency (A&E) Modernisation Programme in three waves. On 25 January 2001, my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister announced the final wave of funding totalling £35 million.
Expenditure on non-NHS Nurses by NHS Trusts and Primary Care Trusts in the West Sussex Region 1997–98 to 2001–02. Trust name 1997–98 1998–99 1999–2000 2000–01 2001–02 Brighton Health Care NHS Trust1 684,226 1,825,524 2,423,597 2,530,120 3,424,800 Mid Sussex NHS Trust1 50,902 138,321 308,367 335,549 821,400 Mid Sussex PCT n/a n/a n/a n/a 0 Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust n/a 1,136,517 2,361,955 3,612,627 5,504,034 Sussex Weald and Downs NHS Trust2 161,724 176,437 1,366,393 265,287 118,643 The Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Trust 40,484 45,682 121,461 249,448 280,329 The Royal West Sussex NHS Trust 130,610 126,878 20,650 172,024 707,769 Worthing and Southlands Hospitals NHS Trust 998,449 1,266,644 1,199,299 1,132,291 1,223,576 Worthing Priority Care Services NHS Trust 2 241,619 331,753 422,350 794,023 241,238 West Sussex total 2,308,014 5,047,756 8,224,072 9,091,369 12,321,789
Expenditure on non-NHS Nurses by NHS Trusts and Primary Care Trusts in the West Sussex Region 1997–98 to 2001–02. Trust name 1997–98 1998–99 1999–2000 2000–01 2001–02 Brighton Health Care NHS Trust1 313,792 193,364 221,020 218,760 339,176 Mid Sussex NHS Trust1 695,739 792,400 958,106 1,071,226 1,723,626 Mid Sussex PCT n/a n/a n/a n/a 0 Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust n/a 1,043,486 1,450,586 1,236,600 1,245,739 Sussex Weald and Downs NHS Trust 2 127,602 145,971 167,613 706,414 1,122,924 The Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Trust 9,266 411 8,426 42,177 138,725 The Royal West Sussex NHS Trust 316,494 342,516 475,227 572,843 837,597 Worthing and Southlands Hospitals NHS Trust 524,915 566,162 582,773 825,392 738,674 Worthing Priority Care Services NHS Trust2 281,772 398,916 371,164 555,944 959,818 West Sussex total 2,269,580 3,483,226 4,234,915 5,229,356 7,106,279 Total nurses and doctors in West Sussex 4,577,594 8,530,982 12,458,987 14,320,725 19,428,068
Nurses = Nursing, Midwifery and Heath Visiting Staff.
Doctors = Medical Staff.
1 Brighton Health Care NHS Trust and Mid Sussex NHS Trust merged on 1 April 2002 to form Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust.
2 Sussex Weald & Downs NHS Trust and Worthing Priority Care Services NHS Trust merged on 1 April 2002 to form West Sussex Health and Social Care NHS Trust
Annual financial returns of NHS Trusts
Annual financial returns of Primary Care Trusts102W
The modernisation has improved the patient experience in A&E. This is a result of improved capacity and patient flows, improved environment for patients and staff and a reduction in clinical times lost between facilities.
The A&E Modernisation Programme has enabled 180 A&E departments to be modernised. Work at 175, 97 per cent., of these has been completed.
Information on the funding allocation to NHS trusts under the A&E Modernisation Programme has been placed in the Library.
§ Chris Grayling
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to use career grade doctors to cover emergency 24 hour access to medical and surgical care.