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Acute NHS Trusts

Mr. Sawford: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many acute NHS trusts there are in England; and what population is served by each trust. [145625]

Mr. Denham: The number of acute National Health Service trusts in England is 197. Population figures are not available as these trusts do not serve fixed catchment areas.

MRI Scanners

Mr. Sawford: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the acute NHS hospitals which have an MRI scanner on their premises. [145624]

Yvette Cooper: A list is given in the table of those acute National Health Service trusts which currently have an MRI scanner on their premises. The provision of 33 new MRI scanners to support the accurate diagnosis and staging of cancer patients is being funded through the New Opportunities Fund. As a result of the NHS Plan by 2004 there will be a further 50 new MRI scanners.

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NHS MRI Scanners: 1 September 2000(17)

EnglandNHS Trust
EasternBedford Hospitals
EasternEast and North Hertfordshire
Eastern Ipswich Hospital
EasternJames Paget Healthcare
EasternKings Lynn and Wisbech Hospitals
EasternLuton and Dunstable Hospital
EasternMid Essex Hospitals
EasternNorfolk and Norwich Healthcare
EasternPeterborough Hospitals
EasternSouthend Hospital
EasternThe Princess Alexandra Hospital
EasternWest Hertfordshire Hospitals
LondonBarnet and Chase Farm Hospitals
LondonBarts and The London
LondonChelsea and Westminster Healthcare
LondonEpsom and St. Helier
LondonForest Healthcare
LondonGreat Ormond Street Hospital for Children
LondonGuys and St. Thomas'
LondonHavering Hospitals
LondonKing's Healthcare
LondonMayday Healthcare
LondonNorth Middlesex Hospital
LondonNorth West London Hospitals
LondonQueen Mary's Sidcup
LondonRoyal Brompton and Harefield
LondonRoyal Free Hampstead
LondonSt. George's Healthcare
LondonSt. Mary's Hospital
LondonThe Hammersmith Hospitals
LondonThe Royal Marsden Hospital
LondonThe Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital
London University College London Hospitals
LondonWest Middlesex University
LondonWhittington Hospital
North WestAintree Hospitals
North WestBlackburn, Hyndurn and Ribble Valley Healthcare
North WestBlackpool Victoria Hospital
North WestCentral Manchester Healthcare
North WestChristie Hospital
North WestClatterbridge Centre for Oncology
North WestCountess of Chester Hospital
North WestEast Cheshire
North WestNorth Manchester Healthcare
North WestOldham
North WestPreston Acute Hospitals
North WestRoyal Liverpool and Broadgreen Hospitals University
North WestSalford Royal Hospitals
North WestSouthport and Ormskirk Hospital
North West The Manchester Children's Hospitals
North WestWalton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery
North West Warrington Hospital
Northern and YorkshireBradford Hospitals
Northern and YorkshireCalderdale Healthcare
Northern and YorkshireCarlisle Hospitals
Northern and YorkshireCity Hospitals Sunderland
Northern and YorkshireHull and East Yorkshire Hospitals
Northern and YorkshireLeeds Teaching Hospitals
Northern and YorkshireNorth Durham Healthcare
Northern and YorkshireNorth Tees and Hartlepool
Northern and YorkshirePinderfields and Pontefract Hospitals
Northern and YorkshireSouth Tees Acute Hospitals
Northern and YorkshireThe Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals
South EastAshford and St. Peter's Hospitals
South EastBrighton Healthcare
South EastEast Kent Hospitals
South EastEastbourne Hospitals
South EastFrimley Park Hospital
South EastHastings and Rother
South EastIsle of Wight Healthcare
South EastMaidstone and Tunbridge Wells
South EastMedway
South EastMid Sussex
South EastMilton Keynes General Hospital
South EastNorth Hampshire Hospitals
South EastNorthampton General Hospital
South EastNuffield Orthopaedic
South EastOxford Radcliffe Hospital
South EastPortsmouth Hospitals
South EastRoyal Berkshire and Battle Hospitals
South EastRoyal Naval Hospital Haslar
South EastRoyal Surrey County Hospital
South EastSouth Buckinghamshire
South EastSouthampton University Hospitals
South EastStoke Mandeville Hospital
South EastSurrey and Sussex Healthcare
South EastWinchester and Eastleigh Healthcare
South EastWorthing and Southlands Hospitals
South WestEast Gloucestershire
South WestEast Somerset
South WestNorth Bristol
South WestPlymouth Hospitals
South WestPoole Hospitals
South WestRoyal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals
South WestRoyal Cornwall Hospitals
South WestRoyal Devon and Exeter Healthcare
South WestRoyal United Hospital Bath
South WestSalisbury Healthcare
South WestSouth Devon Healthcare
South WestSwindon and Marlborough
South WestTaunton and Somerset
South WestUnited Bristol Healthcare
South WestWest Dorset General Hospitals
TrentCentral Sheffield University Hospitals
TrentDoncaster Royal Infirmary and Montague Hospital
TrentNorth East Lincolnshire
TrentNorthern General Hospital
TrentNottingham City Hospital
TrentQueen's Medical Centre, Nottingham University Hospital
TrentSouthern Derbyshire Acute Hospitals
TrentUnited Lincolnshire Hospitals
TrentUniversity Hospitals of Leicester
West MidlandsBirmingham Children's Hospital
West MidlandsBirmingham Heartlands and Solihull (Teaching Trust)
West MidlandsBurton Hospitals
West MidlandsCity Hospital (incorporating the Birmingham City Hospital)
West MidlandsMid Staffordshire General Hospitals
West MidlandsNorth Staffordshire Hospital
West MidlandsRobert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic and District Hospital
West MidlandsRoyal Orthopaedic Hospital
West MidlandsThe Princess Royal Hospital
West MidlandsUniversity Hospital Birmingham
West MidlandsWalsgrave Hospitals

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Medicines Directive

Mr. Todd: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his reply of 20 December 2000, Official Report, column 196W, (1) what steps he plans to take to provide a secure regulatory framework on the market for those products which are safe combinations of herbal remedies and food ingredients; and if he will make a statement; [145568]

Ms Stuart: Our priority in continuing European discussions on the proposed directive is to achieve a secure regulatory regime for traditional herbal remedies. We are aware that there are also some traditional medicines which consist wholly or partly of non-herbal ingredients. Our current position is that, once the directive goes beyond relatively discrete categories such as traditional herbal remedies, it may become more difficult to contain the wider public health and regulatory consequences. We therefore wish to continue to review the developing shape of the directive and the implications for overall medicines regulation before firmly committing ourselves to supporting the principle that coverage should extend more widely.

We are also considering carefully our detailed position on the definition of traditional use, including the qualifying time period, and on criteria which might apply in the case of combinations. One general consideration is that the normal regulatory requirements for medicines include demonstration of efficacy. While we have

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advocated in Europe the specific case for lifting the requirement for efficacy in the case of genuinely traditional herbal remedies, we would have concerns about the potential implications if the parameters for traditional use were set so loosely that a very wide range of medicinal products were no longer required to demonstrate efficacy.

At this stage we do not yet know the views of other member states on specific issues relating to combination products. We would expect a clearer picture to emerge over the coming months as European discussions continue. The Medicines Control Agency (MCA) has submitted our initial response to the European Commission on the preliminary draft of the proposed directive. Copies of the MCA's letter will be placed in the Library. We will continue our current consultative approach with herbal interest groups.

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