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Whether the Thanet Healthcare NHS Trust has acted properly in discussing with the press the case of Dr. Michael Tai while he is awaiting a disciplinary hearing from the General Medical Council and is suspended from practice.[HL1640]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Baroness Hayman): It is for the trust concerned to decide what information it needs to share in the best interests of the local community.
Baroness Hayman: Thanet Healthcare NHS Trust, with the aid of the Royal College of Anaesthetists, has obtained an experienced consultant locum who is working with it to provide pain management service in Thanet for two days a week. It is also receiving assistance from a consultant at South Kent Hospitals NHS Trust. The NHS Trust is currently pursuing plans to make appropriate long-term arrangements for patients.
Baroness Hayman: Insofar as it related to fluoride in drinking water, Dr. Shusheela's presentation concerned her views on the effects of the wide range of fluoride concentrations occurring naturally in drinking water in India. She attributed various adverse changes in teeth, bone and soft tissues to fluoride. In the United Kingdom, there is no evidence that fluoride at permitted levels in drinking water is harmful to health.
Lord McIntosh of Haringey: Lists of all the individuals and organisations who responded to the Tourism--Towards Sustainability and to the tourism section of the DCMS Comprehensive Spending Review, A New Approach to Investment in Culture, are today being placed in the Libraries of the House. No-one who responded to either consultation exercise requested that the content of their responses should remain confidential.
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