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Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition

Mr. Martyn Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Health which members of the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition have participated in previous investigations into dietary salt and health conducted by (a) the Cardiovascular Review Group of the Committee on Medical Aspects and (b) other Government bodies since 1990. [23885]

Yvette Cooper: The table shows which SACN members were also members of the Committee of Medical Aspects of Food and Nutrition Policy (COMA, 1994), the COMA Cardiovascular Review Group (1994), the COMA panel on Dietary Reference Values (1991), and associated Working Group on minerals.

No SACN members were on the MAFF Consumer Panel (January 1999) which considered salt and health. The table also shows that no SACN members were participants of the 1997 workshop on salt organised at the request of the Department of Health by the Faculty of Public Health Medicine and the British Heart Foundation.

Biographies of SACN members can be obtained from:

SACN Member Member of SACN sub-group on saltMember of COMA (1994)Member of COMA Cardiovascular Review Group (1994)Member of COMA Panel on DRVs (1991)Member of COMA Panel on DRV Working Group on Minerals (1991)Participant at FPHM/BHF Workshop (1997)Member MAFF Consumer Panel (1999)
Professor Alan Jackson (Chair) YesYes
Professor Peter Aggett YesYesYesYes (Chair)
Professor Annie Anderson
Professor Sheila Bingham YesYes
Professor John Cummings
Miss Gill Fine Yes
Ms Paulette Jones
Dr. Timothy Key
Professor Peter Kopelman
Dr. Ann Prentice
Professor Andrew Rugg-Gunn
Dr. Anita Thomas
Mrs. Stella Walsh
Dr. Anthony Williams
Professor Christine Williams

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Patient Advocacy and Liaison Services

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many Patient Advocacy and Liaison Services are in operation; and where they are. [20857]

Ms Blears: Current patient advice and liaison services, as at November 2001, are as follows:

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Hospital-acquired Infections

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospital-acquired infections there were in each of the past five years. [24576]

Jacqui Smith: The data requested are not held centrally. Healthcare associated infections in general, and Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) specifically, are a recognised problem in most parts of the world. It is generally accepted that, at any one time in England, as many as 9 per cent. of in-patients have an infection acquired since their admission to hospital. Information about bacteraemias (blood borne infections) due to MRSA has been collected from all acute trusts as the first stage of a new comprehensive and compulsory surveillance system since 1 April 2001. Early data from this surveillance were published in the Public Health Laboratory Service Communicable Disease Report on 8 February. ( per cent.20Weekly/ pages/news.html#MRSA)

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