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Yvette Cooper [holding answer 10 April 2002]: Information about the numbers of children receiving BCG vaccinations by regional office area is contained in table 8 of the statistical bulletin "NHS Immunisation Statistics, England: 200001". A copy of the bulletin is available in the Library and can also be found on the Department of Health Website www.doh.gov.uk/ public/sb0121.htm.
Yvette Cooper [holding answer 10 April 2002]: We require all acute Trusts to collect data on MRSA blood stream infections and the early results of this new surveillance system have recently been published. These data provide a baseline against which future performance and action can be measured.
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A comprehensive study to describe the pattern of provision of infection control in the community is under way, plus a review of the role of CIC nurses. This review will clarify their skills, education and training requirements and identify best practice.
Yvette Cooper [holding answer 10 April 2002]: Food hygiene material including sick bags were sent to restaurant and catering establishments registered on local authority premises databases. These included: restaurants, take-aways/cafés, stalls at public events, roadside eateries, recreational clubs, pubs, hotels, bed and breakfasts, catering outlets for special events and catering outlets supplying delicatessen and patisserie counters at retailers.
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of whether the latest PSA target to promote independence by reducing nationally the per capita rate of growth in emergency admissions of people aged over 75 to an annual average of 2 per cent. up to 200203 will be met. 
Jacqui Smith [holding answer 10 April 2002]: The public service agreement target is for a reduction in the growth of the emergency admissions rate for people aged 75, comparing performance in 200304 with performance in 200001. However, we set a specific target, as part of the planning and priorities guidance, for 200102 of growth not exceeding 2 per cent.
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Yvette Cooper: Three new liquid based cytology (LBC) units have been installed in national health service trusts in England since the publication of the NHS Plan. The units are at Newcastle Royal Victoria Infirmary NHS Trust, Norfolk and Norwich Hospitals NHS Trust and North Bristol Hospitals NHS Trust.
The installation of LBC units is part of a pilot set up in April 2001 to evaluate the effects, costs and practical implications of introducing LBC into the NHS cervical screening programme alongside human papilloma virus testing. The evaluation report is due in autumn 2002, and will inform an appraisal of LBC by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence. Subject to the outcome of the evaluation and appraisal, full roll-out will follow.
Yvette Cooper [holding answer 10 April 2002]: A budget of around £4 million was spent on all aspects of the agency's food hygiene campaign for the financial year 200102, including radio and television advertising. This included the extensive preparatory work needed to ensure that it was properly constructed and targeted, as well as the materials themselves.
Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the waiting times were, broken down by regional health authority, for an MRI scan in each of the last five years for which figures are available. 
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Yvette Cooper [holding answer 10 April 2002]: We do not collect waiting times for an MRI scan. The Government acknowledges the importance of diagnostic procedures, such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and is encouraging hospitals to streamline their services so that tests are carried out, and a diagnosis made, as quickly as possible. The length of time that a patient may have to wait for any scan is dependent on their clinical condition. Emergency cases need to be seen immediately. Other cases will be carried out as quickly as possible, however this is dependent on the clinical priority of all the remaining patients waiting to be scanned. To increase the capacity of diagnostic services, funding has been made available for the provision of new and replacement scanners. By 2004, approximately 100 MRI scanners and 200 CT scanners will be provided through central purchasing programmes. In addition to this, workforce initiatives are underway that aim to improve recruitment and retention of staff.
Yvette Cooper [holding answer 10 April 2002]: Final monitoring figures at the end of the influenza campaign showed that 5.1 million people aged 65 and over received the influenza vaccine this winter, which represents 68 per cent. of those in this age group.
Mr. Breed: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nursing homes were located (a) within five, (b) five to 10, (c) 10 to 15 and (d) more than 15 kilometres from settlements with under 3,000 people in (i) 1999, (ii) 2000 and (iii) 2001.