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Mrs. Beckett: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many trusts have contracts with district health authorities and regional health authorities that are (i) outside the district health authority area and (ii) outside the regional health authority area in which they are situated.
Source: Trust summarised accounts for 1993 94. This figure is provisional being subject to audit by the National Audit Office.
Mr. Sackville: The Department of Health does not collect information specifically about the incidence of rickets. Malnutrition is a term which covers a wide variety of single or combined deficiencies of nutrients and/or energy. A report of the national diet and nutrition survey of children aged one and a half to four and a half, due to be published in the spring, will provide information on the food and nutrient intakes of this group of the population and their vitamin D status.
Mrs. Beckett: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what evidence her Department has of a correlation between the change of numbers of people waiting for hospital in-patient treatment and the health of the nation.
Mr. Sackville: The available data for England do not identify any sub-groups whose life expectancy has decreased overall in the last 15 years. Life expectancy for males and females for every age group has increased since 1980. Over the period there are a few age groups for which life expectancy shows year on year fluctuations, but the overall trend for every age group is upward.
Mr. Sackville: Figures for life expectancy at birth in England, United Kingdom, each European Community country and each Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development country for males and females for the years 1980 to 1992 will be placed in the Library.
Mrs. Beckett: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of women aged under 20 years become pregnant in each district health authority area, in the latest year for which figures are available.
Mr. Sackville: The number of conceptions and the rate per 1,000 women aged 15 to 19 in each district health authority area in 1991, the latest year for which figures are available, were published in Office of Population Censuses and Surveys monitor FM1 94/1, "Conceptions in England and Wales, 1991: residents of regional and district health authority areas." Copies of this monitor are in the Library.
Mrs. Beckett: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people contracted (a) dysentery, (b) tuberculosis and (c) influenza in each regional health authority area and in total in each of the last five years.
Mr. Sackville: The information will be placed in the Library. The data relating to influenza are cases of newly diagnosed episodes of influenza-like illnesses and are for the whole of England and Wales. A regional breakdown of these figures is not available centrally.
Mr. Malone: All staff are covered by the national health service injury benefits scheme. This is a statutory scheme providing benefits where an injury or disease, which is attributable to NHS employment, results in either a temporary loss of earnings or permanent reduction in earning ability.
Ms Jowell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will publish the figures contained in her Department's recent survey of provider units of the numbers of mentally ill people placed on supervision registers for each unit in London.
Mr. Bowis: We will shortly be publishing a bulletin on "Legal Status Statistics 1987 88 to 1992 93" which will include figures for section 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983. Copies of the bulletin will be placed in the Library.
Ms Jowell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to her answer of 28 November, Official Report , column 535 , how many acute psychiatric beds are needed in London for average bed occupancy to be 85 per cent.
Mr. Bowis: It is for individual health authorities to assess the need for acute psychiatric beds and to contract with providers of mental health services to ensure that sufficient beds are available to meet the needs of their resident population. Average bed occupancy rates can be agreed as part of the contracting process and will relate to local circumstances. I refer the hon. Member to the reply that I gave her on 28 November 1994, column 535 for specific action being taken in inner London.
Mrs. Beckett: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many general practitioner fundholding practices there were in each family health service authorities and regional health authority in each of the last four years.
Mrs. Beckett: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were de-registered from general practitioners lists in total and at the request of the general practitioner broken down by family health service authority, by regional health authority and separating fundholding from non-fundholding general practitioners in each of the last four years.
Mr. Malone: I refer the right hon. Member to the reply that my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State gave to the hon. Member for Ynys Mon (Mr. Jones) on 19 July 1994, columns 367-68, and the replies that I gave to the hon. Member for Darlington (Mr. Milburn) on 24 October 1994, column 449 and on 9 December 1994, column 400.
Mrs. Beckett: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what evidence her Department has, and what representations it has received, on a link between the amount of general practitioner fundholding and the level of patient de-registration.
Mr. Raynsford: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is the current policy of the Maudsley hospital in respect of the admission of emergency cases for neurosurgery; and what proposals there are to change this policy.
Mr. Sedgemore: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will delay the closure of the accident and emergency unit at St. Bartholomew's hospital until 1 August 1995, pending a further review following the letter dated 13 January from the City and Hackney community health council.
Mr. Barnes: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what access her Department has to records of complaints from (a) patients and (b) members of surgical professions relating to surgical treatment; and if she will make a statement.
Mr. Malone: The Department collects statistics on written complaints made by, or on behalf of, patients in England. The data give numbers of complaints which were wholly or partly about clinical issues but it is not possible to identify the numbers relating specifically to surgical treatment.