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GP Budgets

Mr. Milburn: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what were the accumulated gross savings of general practitioner fundholders in each region as at 31 March 1995. [10935]

Mr. Malone: This information is not yet available.

Pain Research Institute, Liverpool

Mr. George Howarth: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what representations he has received about the proposed closure of the Pain Research Institute associated with Walton hospital, Liverpool; [12314]

Mr. Horam: Ministers have received five letters on this subject. The Department recognises the importance of the Pain Research Institute and its close ties with the Walton Neurosciences trust. Representatives of the National Health Service executive, Walton Neurosciences trust and Aintree Hospitals NHS trust met on 26 January to discuss the institute's accommodation requirements and options for financing the relocation.

MRSA Bacteria

Mr. Sheerman: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidelines his Department has issued to general practitioners and NHS hospitals regarding the methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus bacterium. [12399]

Mr. Horam: Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus is a problem largely confined to hospitals. Guidance on the control of MRSA in hospitals was circulated to the national health service in September 1994 under cover of EL(94)74, entitled "Improving the Effectiveness of the NHS". New advice on the surveillance of MRSA was included in guidance on

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"Hospital Infection Control", published in March 1995 under cover of HSG(95)10. Copies of both documents are available in the Library.

Mr. Sheerman: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans his Department has to undertake further research into MRSA bacteria. [12336]

Mr. Horam: I refer the hon. Member to the reply that I gave to the hon. Member for Carmarthen (Mr. Williams) on 22 January 1996, Official Report, columns 15-16.

Powered Wheelchairs

Mr. Thurnham: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what are the criteria for qualifying for a publicly funded indoor/outdoor powered wheelchair in the United Kingdom; [12079]

Mr. Bowis: It is for the national health service locally to decide which type of wheelchair is appropriate depending on local and personal circumstances. Responsibility for wheelchair provision in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are matters for my right hon. Friends the Secretaries of State for Wales and for Scotland and for my right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, respectively.

Noise Levels (Hearing Damage)

Ms Lynne: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated into permanent hearing impairment caused by excessive noise levels faced by young people in places of public entertainment; and what plans his Department has to fund research into the level of hearing impairment amongst young people and the causes of such impairment. [12069]

Mr. Bowis: The Department has not commissioned any specific research into the effects of excessive noise levels in places of public entertainment, and has at present no plans to fund research into the level and causes of hearing impairment in young people.

The health and safety of people attending places of public entertainment are subject to the general requirements of the Health and Safety at Work Etc Act 1974. This includes the risk of damage to people's hearing.

Patients (Consent to Treatment)

Mr. Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidelines medical professionals work to in securing the informed consent of patients to undergo surgery or similar treatment, with particular reference to information provided on success rates for the relevant treatment; and if the guidelines indicate whether the success rate figures they give should be (a) national, (b) local to the hospital or unit or (c) individual to the surgeon or professional and (d) any combination of these. [12499]

Mr. Horam: Medical professionals use guidance issued by the medical royal colleges as the basis for obtaining a patient's consent to treatment. The General Medical Council has also issued guidance to all doctors

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on the basis for obtaining a patient's consent to treatment in its publication, "Duties of a doctor". This emphasises the need to respect the right of patients to be fully involved in decisions about their care.

Such guidance contains no information about success rates for treatment.

General Osteopathic Council

Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he is yet in a position to announce the membership of the first General Osteopathic Council. [13369]

Mr. Dorrell: I am pleased to announce the membership designate of the first General Osteopathic Council is as follows:

The chairman and membership will meet shortly to begin the preliminary work of drawing up a business plan for the new GOsC and the outline of the necessary structures for the administration of the statutory registration scheme for osteopaths. As soon as this preliminary work is complete, the first of the commencement orders will be made to bring the essential elements of the Osteopaths Act into force--including the formal appointment of the GOsC by the Privy Council.

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Operations (Women)

Ms Jowell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is the total number of women by health authority waiting for (a) a hysterectomy operation, (b) a mastectomy operation and (c) a hip replacement operation; and how many have been waiting longer than (i) three months, (ii) six months, (iii) nine months and (iv) 12 months. [11491]

Mr. Horam: This information is not available centrally.

Cystic Fibrosis

Mr. Ieuan Wyn Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) infants and (b) people in total were recorded as suffering from cystic fibrosis in each standard region in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement. [12777]

Mr. Horam: Information about the prevalence of cystic fibrosis is not available centrally. Available information about national health service treatment, differentiating between those aged under one year and others, is shown in the table.

Finished consultant episodes (ordinary admissions and day cases combined) in NHS hospitals in England--main diagnosis cystic fibrosis

1991-920-1 yearOver 1 yearAll ages
East Anglian24218242
North west Thames28137165
North east Thames2682108
South east Thames23154177
South west Thames17238255
South Western44196240
West Midlands66585651
North Western32727760
East Anglian20248268
North west Thames597102
North east Thames1398111
South east Thames45175220
South west Thames13244256
South Western28252280
West Midlands90728817
North western66651717
East Anglian16200216
North west Thames08282
North east Thames2686112
South east Thames28230259
South west Thames13276288
South Western8275283
West Midlands71753824
North western20465486


Figures may not total due to rounding.


Hospital Episode Statistics.

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