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Jacqui Smith: The Department, through the section 64 General Scheme under the Health Services and Public Health Act 1968, has funded both rural minds and diverse minds for the three years up to end of March 2000. The total amount was £225,960. There have been no further applications to fund these projects.
Mr. Brady: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the compulsory retirement ages which apply to employees of his Department and of executive agencies and other public sector bodies for which it is responsible, broken down by grade or job title. 
Ms Blears: Information on the normal retirement age and on compulsory early retirement or severance for the Department and for the executive agencies and public sector bodies for which it is responsible is as follows:
Regardless of grade or job title the normal age of retirement for all staff is age 60. Some staff who transferred into the Department from the national health service retained the right to retire on NHS terms at age of 65.
Mr. Burns: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish the most recent figures for the last three months on the total number of people waiting for in-patient treatment in the Mid Essex hospital trust area; and what the most recent figures are for the last two available quarters for out-patient treatment in Mid Essex. 
KH07 quarterly return/monthly waiting times collection
|Quarter 4 200001 (March 2001)||2,125|
|Quarter 1 200102 (June 2001)||2,146|
QM08 quarterly return
Mr. Burns: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures are being taken in (a) Middlesex and (b) the rest of England to tighten up procedures and security to prevent accidents or sabotage from objects being placed in tubes used in the conduct of operations and to protect patients. 
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of those investigations are available, procedures will be reviewed and, if appropriate, additional measures will be implemented.
Jacqui Smith: The information requested is not collected centrally. We do, however, have some data on the incidence of spinal injury consultations for the national health service as a whole, as shown in the table.
|Year||Spinal cord injuries(78)|
(78) An FCE is defined as a period of patient care under one consultant in one health care provider.
Data in this table are grossed for both coverage and unknown/invalid clinical data, except for 199899 and 19992000 which are ungrossed.
The figures do not represent the number of patients, as one person may have several episodes within a year.
The main diagnosis is the first of seven diagnosis fields in the Hospital Episode Statistics data set, and provides the main reason why the patient was in hospital.
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Jacqui Smith: We embarked on a radical programme of modernisation to improve access to effective treatment and care, reduce unfair variation, raise standards, and provide quicker and more convenient services. The mental health National Service Framework published in 1998 draws attention to the needs of people with eating disorders in Standards two and three.
The NSF implementation plan demands that health authorities have protocols for referral in place for those needing psychological therapies, and in February the Department published an evidence-based guideline to assist them. It includes coverage of eating disorders www.doh.gov.uk/mentalhealth/treatmentguideline.
We have commissioned the National Institute for Clinical Excellence to develop a guideline on eating disorders. It will cover primary and secondary care and children as well as adults. Information about this work is available on the NICE website at www.nice.org.uk.
Mr. McLoughlin: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will reply to the letter of the hon. Member for West Derbyshire dated 25 July about the proposed closure of Staunton Harold hall. 
Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) qualified and (b) unqualified nursing staff were working in the NHS in each year between 1990 and 2000 who were aged (i) under 25, (ii) 25 to 29, (iii) 30 to 34, (iv) 35 to 39, (v) 40 to 44, (vi) 45 to 49, (vii) 50 to 54, (viii) 55 to 59, (ix) 60 to 64, (x) 65 years plus and (xi) unknown. 
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|All ages||Up to 25||25 to 29||30 to 34||35 to 39||40 to 44||45 to 49||50 to 54||55 to 59||60 to 64||65 and over||Unknown|
A new classification of the non-medical workforce was introduced in 1995. Information based on this classification is not directly comparable with earlier years.
Unqualified figures include 'other' nurses.
Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.
Owing to rounding totals may not equal the sum of component parts.
Figures exclude learners and agency staff.
Department of Health Non-Medical Workforce Census
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