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Delayed Discharges

Mr. Dismore: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the Government will publish their response to the Health Committee's Third Report of Session 2001–02 on Delayed Discharges. [79584]

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Jacqui Smith: The Government's response to the Health Select Committee's Third Report of Session 2001–02 on Delayed Discharges has been published today. Copies have been placed in the Library.

Free Fruit (Schools)

Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proposals he has to introduce free fruit in primary schools; and what estimate he has made of how much such provision would cost. [77011]

Ms Blears [holding answer 29 October 2002]: The national school fruit scheme will entitle every child aged four to six to a free piece of fruit each school day from 2004. The scheme is currently being expanded to all eligible schools through large scale pilots on a region by region basis with funding of #42 million from the new opportunities fund.

The expansion began with the West Midlands and is continuing in London this school term. By the end of this year free fruit will be available to up to 600,000 children in around 4,000 schools. The next regions to benefit will be North West and East Midlands.

We will be closely monitoring and reviewing the experience from the pilots in order to make an accurate assessment of the annual cost of provision on a national scale.

Health Statistics

Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many deaths there were from complications arising from fractured bones in each of the last five years. [78571]

Ruth Kelly: The answer requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.

Letter from Len Cook to Dr. Lynne Jones, of 4 November 2002:



Number of deaths from fractures(15), England and Wales, 1997 to 2001

Number of deaths
Calendar year(16)
19973,650
19983,536
19993,613
20003,921
2001(17)4,670

(15) The nature of injury was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9) codes 800 to 829 for the years 1997 to 2000 and, for the year 2001, the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) codes S02, 812, S22, S32, S42, S52, 862, 872, 882, 892, T02, T08, T10, T12, T14.2.

(16) Figures are for deaths occurring in each calendar year

(17) The introduction of ICD-10 for coding cause of death in 2001 means that data for fractures in this year are not comparable with data for earlier years. The introduction of ICD-10 has led to an apparent increase of 17% in the number of deaths coded to fractures. The figures should therefore be interpreted with caution. The effect of the change in classification in 2001 is described in a report published in May 2002.i

i Office for National Statistics. Results of the ICD-10 bridge coding study, England and Wales, 1999. Health Statistics Quarterly 14 (2002), 75–83.


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Hepatitis B (Prisons)

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of prisoners have been vaccinated against hepatitis B; and how many had been vaccinated in 2000. [77998]

Jacqui Smith: Information is not available in the form requested. Returns from prison service establishments indicate that the number of prisoners who completed a course of Hepatitis B vaccinations in 2000–01 was 3,912. The comparable figure for 2001–02 was 5,463.

Impersonation of Doctors

Mr. Breed: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have been found guilty of impersonating a specialist in (a) obstetrics and (b) gynaecology in each of the last 10 years. [76616]

Mr. Hutton [holding answer 24 October 2002]: The crime of pretending to be a registered medical practitioner is a police matter, and I am not aware of statistics for numbers charged or convicted. The Department has issued guidance on the registration and employment of doctors, stating that employers must ensure that any doctor who is offered employment is suitably registered before taking up their duties.

Infertility Treatment

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to end postcode prescribing of infertility treatment. [77840]

Ms Blears [holding answer 29 October 2002]: The National Institute for Clinical Excellence is developing clinical guidelines to cover the treatment of infertility which they expect to deliver in November 2003. The guidelines will make the latest knowledge and best practice available to all parts of the national health service. We expect the fertility guidelines to be implemented consistently across the NHS. Once issued, the uptake of this guidance will be monitored locally and by the Commission for Health Improvement.

Kava-kava

Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he intends to publish the conclusions of the Food Standards Agency's consultation to prohibit the herbal ingredient kava-kava in food products. [78159]

Ms Blears [holding answer 29 October 2002]: The Food Standards Agency will advise on action to be taken in relation to foods containing kava-kava when it has considered responses to the public consultation which closed on Friday 27 September.

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Leicestershire Health Trust

Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many administrators there are as a ratio of the number of clinical staff in the Leicestershire Health Trust. [77947]

Mr. Lammy: The ratio of the number of administration staff to clinical staff at the University Hospitals of Leicester National Health Service Trust is shown in the table.

NHS Hospital and Community Health Services (HCHS): Medical and dental and non-medical staff by specified group within the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust as at 30 September 2001

whole-time equivalentsheadcount
All staff8,34010,120
Admnistration(18)1,6801,990
Clinical staff(19)6,2007,520
of which
Medical and dental staff1,050.001,170
Clinical (Non-medical)5,1506,350
Others(20) 460600
Ratio of administrators to clinical staff(21)1 to 3.71 to 3.8

Notes:

(18) Administration staff includes senior managers, managers, clerical & administrative.

(19) Clinical staff includes medical and dental staff, nursing staff (including learners), allied health professionals, healthcare assistants, and scientific, therapeutic & technical staff.

(20) Others includes maintenance & works, support and other staff.

(21) Based on un-rounded figures.

Sources:

Department of Health medical and dental workforce census.

Department of Health non-medical workforce census.


Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the current salary is of the Chief Executive of the Leicestershire Health Trust. [77948]

Mr. Lammy: The salary of the Chief Executive of the university hospitals of Leicester National Health Service Trust was published in the Trust's annual report and accounts for 2001–02 as being between #140,000 and #145,000.

Meals on Wheels

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were in receipt of meals-on-wheels in each of the last five years. [77995]

Jacqui Smith: In 2000–01 an estimated 212,000 clients received meals as part of community-based services provided or commissioned by councils with social service responsibilities (CSSR) based on the referrals, assessments and packages of care (RAP) return. Comparable data prior to 2000–01 are not readily available.

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Mid Essex Hospital Trust

Mr. Burns: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects in-patient waiting lists in the Mid Essex Hospital Trust area to fall below the level that they were at on 31 March 1997. [77156]

Mr. Lammy [holding answer 31 October 2002]: Mid Essex Hospitals National Health Service Trust achieved the 2001–02 plan ensuring that no patients were waiting more than 15 months for elective treatment. The trust also exceeded its elective activity while successfully managing an increase in emergency activity.

Currently Mid Essex Hospitals Trust is following government guidelines with robust delivery plans in place to reduce the waiting times for patients on the waiting list to a maximum of 12 months by March 2003.


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