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Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients have been admitted to hospital after attending (a) a major accident and emergency department, (b) a minor injuries unit and (c) a walk-in-centre in each of the last three years; and what percentage of all attendances at accident and emergency departments this represented in each case. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: Data on the number of patients admitted to hospitals after attending minor injuries units and walk-in-centres are not held centrally. The number of patients admitted to hospital after attending a major accident and emergency department and the percentage of all attendances at a major accident and emergency department that this represents, is shown in the table.
|Quarter||Number of patients admitted through major A and E||Patients admitted through A and E as a percentage|
of first attendances
(major A and E)
Helen Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time is for first referral for a patient to see an epilepsy specialist; and what changes have occurred to this waiting time over the past five years. 
Dr. Murrison: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the amantadine vaccine as a (a) treatment and (b) prophylactic for avian influenza; 
(4) what his Department's definition is of a pandemic; and what assessment he has made of the likelihood of an (a) influenza pandemic and (b) avian influenza pandemic occurring in the next five years; 
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(5) what estimate his Department has made of the total number of people in at risk groups for influenza, as defined by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence; 
(6) what estimate his Department has made of the length of time, from February, it will take his Department to obtain the stockpiles of flu vaccines or antivirals necessary to cope with an (a) influenza and (b) avian flu (i) pandemic and (ii) epidemic; 
Mr. Edward Davey: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans he has in place to protect the UK against an influenza pandemic; and what emergency procedures are in place to protect vulnerable groups; 
David Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what qualifications and training the Food Standards Agency proposes to implement to comply with the requirement under EC Regulation 854/2004 that company meat inspectors in white meat plants undertake the same training and pass the same qualification as Government meat inspectors. 
Miss Melanie Johnson: The board of the Food Standards Agency will be considering implementation of Regulation 854/2004 at its March meeting when a decision on how to implement this requirement is expected to be taken.
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) median and (b) mean waiting times for patients waiting to see a consultant psychiatrist as (i) an outpatient first attendance and (ii) an elective inpatient admission were, in each year since 1997. 
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total expenditure on mental health services has been in each year in real terms since 1986, broken down as in Annex A of the further memorandum given by his Department to the Joint Select Committee on the draft Mental Health Bill. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The information is not available for the period requested. However, information on expenditure on mental health services in each year since 199394 has been placed in the Library. The information is from the hospital and community health service programme budget and does not include expenditure on people with mental health problems seen solely in primary care.
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) men and (b) women detained voluntarily or involuntarily as psychiatric inpatients are detained in (i) high security NHS hospitals, (ii) other NHS facilities and (iii) private mental nursing homes. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: Information is not available in the format requested. On 31 March 2004, there were 7,727 men and 3,981 women detained in national health service facilities and 1,516 men and 776 women in independent hospitals (known until April 2002 as private mental nursing homes) under Parts II, III and X the Mental Health Act 1983. It is not possible to identify the number of detentions in high security NHS hospitals separately as the information is collected by NHS trusts.
Information on informal (voluntary) patients in hospital on 31 March 2004 is not available. However, there were 191,070 admissions to NHS hospitals under mental illness and learning disability specialties in 200304 as a whole.
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