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Hospital Trusts: Publicity Decisions

Lord Clement-Jones asked Her Majesty's Government:

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.

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Thanet Healthcare NHS Trust: Pain Management Service

Lord Clement-Jones asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they are satisfied that adequate arrangements have been made by Thanet Healthcare for pain management clinics to be operated in the absence of Dr. Michael Tai.[HL1641]

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.

Water Supplies and Fluoridation

Earl Baldwin of Bewdley asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What is their interpretation of the research into health problems arising from fluoridation of water supplies presented by Dr. Shusheela at her meeting with the Minister for Public Health on 26 October 1998.[HL1609]

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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.

Tourism: Consultation

Baroness Anelay of St. Johns asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 15 March (WA 56), whether they will place in the Library of the House a list of the consultees--(a) who responded to their consultation on tourism who have not requested that their confidentiality should be maintained; and (b) who responded and have requested that the content of their responses should remain confidential.[HL1588]

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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