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Hospitals: Patient's Charter Guidelines

Baroness Gould of Potternewton asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Baroness Cumberlege): I have arranged to have the relevant guideline documents placed in the Library.

Radiotherapy Treatment for Breast Cancer

Lord Molloy asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Cumberlege: At our request, the Royal College of Radiologists agreed to carry out a clinical review of women damaged by radiotherapy treatment in nine radiotherapy centres. This review should yield useful information about common factors in treatment which

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might have led to adverse effects. The need for further studies will be assessed.

Lord Molloy asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will establish a network of centres to which women suffering disability as a result of radiotherapy treatment for breast cancer can come for assessment without the need for referral by a GP.

Baroness Cumberlege: Guidelines on the management of women with an adverse reaction following exposure to radiation have been approved by the Faculty Board of Clinical Oncology of the Royal College of Radiology and the Joint Council of Clinical Oncology and will be circulated shortly. It is for individual health authorities to determine if additional services for women suffering disability as a result of radiotherapy treatment for breast cancer are required in their own areas.

Lord Molloy asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will set up a compensation scheme for women suffering disability as a result of radiotherapy treatment for breast cancer.

Baroness Cumberlege: I have the greatest sympathy with those suffering as a result of any medical side effect. We consider, however, that compensation by the National Health Service is only appropriate where there is evidence of medical negligence. The Government's position remains that the basis for granting compensation should be through proof of negligence through the courts.

Human Blood and Tissue: Ownership

Lord Kennet asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Who owns, and who is entitled to benefit from the commercial exploitation of, (i) blood or tissue donated inter vivos; (ii) blood or tissue removed in the course of an operation when a general consent to the operation has been given; (iii) an amputated limb when general consent to the amputation has been properly given; (iv) the body parts of the body of a person who has died in the course of an operation to which he gave general

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    consent; and (v) the body of a person who has died without medical intervention.

Baroness Cumberlege: Human bodies, body parts, tissue or blood may be used for therapeutic purposes, research or medical education but only with consent. Commercial exploitation of them is unethical. The Government are satisfied that there is no commercial exploitation in the United Kingdom of human blood or tissue, be it donated specifically or surplus following an operation.

Farmers: Suicide Statistics

The Countess of Mar asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many deaths by suicide have been recorded for farm managers and farm workers for each year since 1985; and

    How many deaths by suicide have been recorded for farmers for each year since 1985.

Baroness Cumberlege: The information is shown in the table.

Deaths from suicide in United Kingdom in years 1985–1993

Year Farm Owners and Managers Farm Workers
1985 96 34
1986 117 54
1987 83 39
1988 79 41
1989 68 38
1990 81 36
1991 76 31
1992 63 35
1993p 65 40

p = provisional.

Suicide codes are ICD E950–E959 and E980–E989 excluding E988.8.

Farm owners and managers are Classification of Occupation 1980 code 107 (1985–1990) and Standard Occupational Classification code 160 (1991–1993).

Farm workers are Classification of Occupation 1980 code 166 (1985–1990) and Standard Occupational Classification code 900 (1991–1993).


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