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Northampton Community Healthcare and

Rockingham Forest NHS Trust

Mr. Boswell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he intends to lay an establishment order for the proposed merger of Northampton Community Healthcare and Rockingham Forest NHS Trust. [149475]

Mr. Denham: The establishment order for the new National Health Service Trust was made on 5 February and will come into force on 16 February.

Marshall Case

Mr. Brazier: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he has held discussions with Nottinghamshire Social Services concerning their handling of the case of the Marshall daughters in Kirkby-in-Ashfield. [149225]

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Mr. Denham: Officials from the Department have been in contact with senior officers from Nottinghamshire Social Services Department in relation to concerns that have been expressed about the welfare of the children involved.

Nunnery Fields Hospital

Mr. Brazier: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if contracts have been exchanged for the sale of the Nunnery Fields Hospital site. [149521]

Ms Stuart: Contracts for the sale of the Nunnery Fields Hospital site have not been exchanged.

MMR Vaccine

Mrs. Ewing: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when and for how long his Department reviewed the research carried out by Professor John O'Leary at Coombe Women's Hospital in Dublin on autism and the MMR vaccine; and what the conclusions of the review were. [149344]

Yvette Cooper: The United Kingdom health departments are advised on all matters concerning immunisation by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). The JCVI reviewed a paper entitled 'Enterocolitis in children with developmental disorders', of which Professor O'Leary was a co-author, at its meeting of October 2000. The JCVI concluded that the paper did not provide any new evidence to alter its views on the safety of MMR vaccine.

We are aware that Professor O'Leary also gave a presentation to the United States of America Congressional Oversight Committee on Autism and Immunisation in April 2000. The material presented to the Oversight Committee has, as far as we are aware, not yet been published in a peer-reviewed journal.

Mrs. Ewing: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) MMR, (b) MR, (c) single antigen measles, (d) single antigen rubella and (e) single antigen mumps vaccines were administered in the United Kingdom in each year since 1979. [149364]

Yvette Cooper: The information available about measles, mumps and rubella, single antigen measles and single antigen rubella vaccinations given in England from 1979 to 1998-99 is contained in the table. Measles vaccine was given to children aged 12-15 months. Rubella vaccine was given to girls at about 10-14 years. Mumps vaccine has never been a part of the United Kingdom's routine immunisation programme and data on this were not collected.

MMR vaccine was introduced into the routine UK childhood immunisation programme at age 12-15 months in 1988. MR (measles/rubella) vaccine was used only during the schools immunisation campaign of November 1994. In England, 6.6 million doses of MR vaccine were administered to children aged 5-16 years during that campaign.

A second dose of MMR vaccine was introduced into the routine programme in 1996. Data for this vaccine, collected by the Public Health Laboratory Service, Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre, show uptake of 477,000 (in

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1996-97), 933,000 (in 1997-98) and 455,000 (in 1998-99). These figures include doses administered both routinely and during a catch-up programme.

Matters concerning Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are for the devolved Assemblies.

Number of persons immunised in England
Thousand

YearMMR: first doseSingle antigen measlesSingle antigen rubella: Schoolgirls immunised(5)
1979(6)--332341
1980(6)--352320
1981(6)--369313
1982(6)--391324
1983(6)--393315
1984(6)--436312
1985(6)--474269
1986(6)--503270
1987-88(7)(6)--647307
1988-89670336229
1989-901,37125219
1990-911,0609199
1991-92811(6)--221
1992-93628(6)--204
1993-94640(6)--181
1994-95671(6)--(6)--
1995-96572(6)--(6)--
1996-97561(6)--(6)--
1997-98553(6)--(6)--
1998-99531(6)--(6)--

(5) The schoolgirl rubella immunisation programme was ended in October 1995.

(6) Not available

(7) Numbers immunised cover 15 month period from 1 January 1987-31 March 1988.

Source:

Forms SBL 607, KC50, KC50A Department of Health, Statistics division SD2B


Autism

Mrs. Ewing: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the improvements and changes in the diagnosis of autism that occurred in each year since 1979; and by what means and when GPs and other health professionals were made aware of these changes. [149346]

Mr. Hutton: There have been considerable advances in the diagnosis of autism since 1979. This has been aided by the development of new diagnostic tools. These include the Diagnostic Interview for Social and Communication Disorders whose further development is being led by the National Autistic Society and the Autism Diagnostic Interview developed by Professor Ann Le Couteur. Dissemination is largely through professional publications, conferences and training days.

Press Releases

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many press releases were issued by his Department in the financial years (a) 1996-97, (b) 1997-98, (c) 1998-99 and (d) 1999-2000; how many have been issued in the current financial year; and what his estimate is of the total number for the current financial year. [149243]

Ms Stuart: The number of press releases issued in each of the financial years requested is in the table.

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Financial yearTotal
1996-97296
1997-98330
1998-99559
1999-2000743

In the current financial year 565 press releases have been issued to date. It is estimated the total for 2000-01 will be 715.


Health Professionals (Training)

Mr. Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) doctors and (b) nurses have been in training in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement. [149350]

Mr. Denham: The information requested is in the tables.

Numbers of hospital medical doctors in training in England as at 30 September

All doctors in training(8)Registrar groupSenior house officerHouse officer
199023,6309,71010,9003,020
199124,2509,90011,2903,060
199224,69010,08011,5703,040
199325,42010,37011,9603,090
199425,78010,75012,1903,020
199526,98010,82012,9303,220
199627,82010,84013,7703,220
199729,28011,36014,5603,360
199829,79011,59014,7503,450
199930,42012,10014,7803,540

(8) Doctors in training previously referred to as Junior doctors

Note:

Figures are rounded to the nearest 10

Source:

Department of Health medical and dental workforce census


GP Registrars(9), England as at 1 October for each year

Headcount
19891,735
19901,562
19911,639
19921,613
19931,529
19941,445
19951,404
19961,305
19971,343
19981,446
19991,520

(9) Previously referred to as Trainees

Source:

Department of Health General and Personal Medical Services Statistics


Nursing and midwifery student population
Numbers

Pre registration total(10)Degree total(11)Midwifery(12),(13)Total
1994-95(14)38,840916--39,756
1995-9635,6091,047--36,656
1996-9735,2381,139--36,377
1997-98(15)34,0871,0623,26338,412
1998-99(16)36,0301,3143,27240,616
1999-2000(17)38,9902,7723,46445,226

(10) All pre-registration non-degree training

(11) Pre 1998 data exclude degree training funded by DFEE

(12) Pre 1997-98 data do not separate nursing and midwifery figures

(13) Includes some post registration training

Sources:

(14) 1994-95 to 1996-97 source Minimum Data Set February 1995

(15) March 1997 FWIR

(16) April 2000 FWIR

(17) November 2000 FWIR


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