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Dental Health (Morecambe Bay)

Mr. Jopling: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what number of teeth affected by decay in five-year-old children and what number of decayed, missing and filled teeth in 14-year-old children are found in the Morecambe Bay health authority's area; what is the national average for five and 14-year olds; and what changes, using the model of South Cheshire where fluorine is added to the water, he would expect to find in Morecambe Bay if water was similarly treated. [38223]

Mr. Malone: Every two years, the British Association for the study of community dentistry conducts a survey of dental caries prevalence in children aged five throughout Great Britain, and every four years for 14-year-olds. The 1993-94 figures for five-year-olds' dental caries experience, and 1994-95 figures for 14-year-olds in the Morecambe Bay health authority show mean values for decayed, missing and filled teeth for five and 14-year-olds to be 2.28 and 2.22 respectively. The comparative five and 14-year-old figures for England are 1.74 and 1.67 respectively. Studies have consistently shown that the prevalence of dental decay in fluoridated areas is between one third to one half lower than in comparable non-fluoridated water areas.

Doncaster Family Health Services Authority

Mr. Redmond: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the payments made to Mr. Ray Hemming on the termination of his employment as chief executive of Doncaster FHSA. [38392]

Mr. Malone: I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave him on 27 November, Official Report, column 519.

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Psychiatric Patients

Dr. Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information he collates about the number of patients detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 who go absent without leave from psychiatric hospitals. [38437]

Mr. Bowis: This Department collates no such information centrally.

Dr. Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many psychiatric patients were admitted (a) compulsorily and (b) voluntarily to (i) NHS and (ii) private hospitals in each of the last five years. [38438]

Mr. Bowis: The information available is set out in the tables. Information is not available centrally on admissions to private hospitals.

Formal admissions to national health service facilities of patients detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 and other legislation(47)
England

YearNumbers(48)
1990-9118,500
1991-9221,100
1992-9322,100
1993-94(49)24,000
1994-9526,300

Source:

KH15.

Special Hospitals Service Authority.

Notes:

(47) Figures refer to the financial year.

(48) Figures rounded to the nearest hundred.

(49) Admission figures includes estimated data from East Anglian regional health authority.


Mental Illness: All admissions, including formal admissions to NHS hospitals(50)
England

YearNumbers(51)
1990-91185,500
1991-92192,500
1992-93212,800
1993-94224,200
1994-95(52)214,000

Source:

Hospital Episode Statistics.

Notes:

(50) Figures refer to the financial year.

(51) Figures rounded to the nearest hundred.

(52) Provisional figures.


Dr. Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list by health authority the number of short and long-stay beds in (a) NHS local psychiatric hospitals and units and (b) water tower mental hospitals in England, between 1982 and 1995. [38436]

Mr. Bowis: Information is not available centrally in the form requested. The number of short-stay and long-stay mental illness beds is contained in "Bed availability for England", copies of which are available in the Library.

Casualty Departments

Mr. Redmond: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy that nurses are not hired solely to greet patients within five minutes of arrival in casualty departments. [38321]

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Mr. Horam: The patients charter states that patients going to an accident and emergency department can expect to be seen immediately and have their need for treatment assessed. In the period January to April 1996, 94 per cent. of such patients were assessed within five minutes. This patients charter standard has resulted in improved standards of practice and patient satisfaction. However, many clinicians would like this standard to be refined to fit more closely with clinical practice and a revised standard is being developed after consultation with the national health service.

Health Care

Mr. Redmond: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to discuss with his Austrian counterpart the health care from Austrian Gemeindeartz for British holidaymakers; and if he will make a statement. [38325]

Mr. Malone: Details of the way in which the reciprocal health care arrangements with Austria operate, including general practitioner services, are contained in leaflet T5 "Health advice for travellers", which is available from post offices. Copies of this leaflet are available in the Library. These arrangements generally work well and Ministers have no plans to discuss them with Austrian counterparts.

Crisis Accommodation

Dr. Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answers to the hon. member for Bournemouth, East (Mr. Atkinson) of 18 March and 24 April, Official Report, columns 79 and 172, what factors led to the omission from guidance in LASSL (96) 16/HSG (96) 6 of references to crisis accommodation; and if he will make a statement. [38493]

Mr. Bowis: A clear and explicit reference to crisis accommodation is made in "The Spectrum of Care" which was issued under cover of health service guidelines LASSL(96)16/HSG(96)6, copies of which are available in the Library.

Health Authority Overspends

Mr. Ainger: To ask the Secretary of State of Health how many health service commissioner authorities in England (a) have had previous years' overspends written off and (b) been given additional funding to compensate for previous overspends; and if he will make a statement. [38439]

Mr. Horam: This information is not held centrally.

Clinical Waste

Mr. Redmond: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 21 March, Official Report, column 319, what progress has been made in tracing the illegally dumped clinical waste; and if he will make a statement. [38237]

Mr. Horam: Following action by the relevant waste regulation authorities to trace the producers of the clinical waste dumped in Hertfordshire, two summonses have been issued and further summonses are likely. Investigations by the Hertfordshire police fraud squad and Environment Agency continue.

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Safety Glass (Licensed Premises)

Mr. Touhig: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the potential savings to accident and emergency and surgical departments if toughened safety glass were to be introduced across the licensed victuallers' trade. [38322]

Mr. Horam: None.

Water Tower Mental Hospitals

Dr. Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 11 June, Official Report, column 111, when he expects the national survey by the NHS executive of the water tower mental hospitals in England to be completed; and if it will be published.[38433]

Mr. Bowis: The survey by the national health service executive of the water tower mental hospitals in England should be completed around the end of October 1996. A decision on publication will be taken nearer the time.

Medical Devices Agency

Mrs. Lait: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish the annual report and accounts for the Medical Devices Agency. [38993]

Mr. Horam: I have received the report and accounts which has today been laid before both Houses of Parliament in accordance with the requirements of sections 5(2) and 5(3) of the Exchequer and Audit Departments Act 1921. Copies have also been placed in the Library.

Winter Mortality Rates

Sir Robert Hicks: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the excess winter mortality rates over average annual mortality rates, have been for each of the last 10 years expressed (a) in numbers and (b) as percentages. [37997]

Mr. Bowis: The available information is shown in the table.

Excess Winter Mortality, England and Wales

PeriodExcess winter deathsExcess winter death index(53)
1985-8649,44627.7
1986-8726,44914.9
1987-8833,08918.4
1988-8921,23511.8
1989-9047,08326.3
1990-9137,84521.5
1991-9224,84519.9
1992-9325,65614.5
1993-9425,89014.2
1994-9527,51215.6

Source:

Office for National Statistics.

Note:

(53) The excess winter death Index is the number of excess winter deaths expressed as a percentage of the average of the number of deaths in the autumn and summer periods.


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