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Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent changes have been made to the location of mental health tribunals sittings for patients of the Humber mental health teaching NHS trust; and for what reasons the changes were made. 
Miss Melanie Johnson [holding answer 23 March 2005]: All units in Humber mental health teaching national health service trust have their mental health review tribunals organised by one Mental Health Act Administrator, who works in a separate unit. The tribunals take place at the hospitals where the patient is detained in line with other trusts.
Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients of the Humber mental health teaching NHS trust subject to sectioning did not have their tribunal hearings within the designated time limit under the 1983 Mental Health Act in the last 12 months. 
A small number of patients do not subsequently have their cases heard within time limits due to factors outside the Tribunal Secretariat's control. These include requests by the responsible authority or patient's representative for an alternative hearing date. Tribunals can also be adjourned by the MHRT panel members when they convene at the hearing. The MHRT is an independent judicial body and the Secretariat has no influence over these decisions to adjourn.
Miss Melanie Johnson: The Mobile Telecommunication and Health Research (MTHR) programme set up following the Stewart Report in 2000 is jointly funded by Government and industry under the aegis of an independent scientific management committee. One study in this programme is investigating the risk of early childhood cancer among the population residing near mobile phone base stations, although all the studies are relevant to populations of any age. A brief description of all the studies can be found on the MTHR website at www.mthr.org.
The National Radiological Protection Board (NRPB) continually monitors and evaluates research into potential health effects from mobile phone technologies on behalf of Government. The NRPB's independent Advisory Group on Non-ionising Radiation issued a comprehensive review entitled Health Effects from Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Fields" (docs. of the NRPB, vol. 14, no. 2, 2003). This report noted that little had been published specifically on childhood exposures to radiofrequency. The World Health Organization has prioritised research recommendations for studies on children and electromagnetic fields including those from mobile phone technologies. Further information is available from the World Health Organisation website at: www.who.int/peh-emf/research/children/en/index4.html.
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 23 February 2005, Official Report, column 693W, on MRI scans, if he will place the representations he received in the Library. 
[holding answer 8 March 2005]: No. The representations received fall in the category of commercially sensitive documents that the Department would not generally disclose. Some of the representations received also form part of advice
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received from strategic health authorities and other national health service bodies. Information of this kind is also not generally disclosed, as it would be detrimental to the provision of free and frank advice.
Lembit Öpik: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment the Government have made of whether relationship exists between MRSA and the privatisation of cleaning activities in NHS hospitals. 
Miss Melanie Johnson: Analysis carried out by the Department found that there was no statistically significant relationship between the contracting out of cleaning work and methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) rates in national health service trusts.
The problem of MRSA has developed over some time. Between 1993 and 1997, the percentage of S aureus bacteraemias that were MRSA increased from four per cent. to 30 per cent.. It is now settling at just over 40 per cent. The latest data for MRSA bloodstream infections (April-September 2004) show a 6 per cent. drop on the corresponding period in 2003.
Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average age is of neonatal nurses; and what assessment he has made of the effect on neonatal care of early retirements of such nurses over the next 10 years. 
Mr. Hutton: The information requested is not collected centrally. Neonatal nurses are included within the paediatric nursing area of work. As at September 2004, the average age of paediatric nurses employed in the national health service was 37.
In line with our policy of Shifting the Balance of Power", it is for primary care trusts, in partnership with strategic health authorities and other local stakeholders, to plan, develop and improve services for local people, including neonatal services.
Paul Holmes: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) children and (b) adults were registered with NHS dentists in Chesterfield on the latest date for which figures are available. 
Mr. Baron: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether staff supplied by NHS Professionals to hospitals undergo the same (a) recruitment, (b) training and (c) occupational health checks that are required of private recruitment agencies; and if he will make a statement; 
Mr. Hutton [holding answer 23 March 2005]: NHS professionals fully complies with the pre and post-employment checks for all those working in the national health service, the appropriate checks and minimum standards set out in the Department's code of practice for the supply of temporary staffing and NHS purchasing and supply agency delivery standards. A recent Department of Trade and Industry audit confirmed that NHS professionals fully met, and in some cases exceeded, the requirements of the Employments Agencies Act and the Conduct of Employment and Employment Businesses Regulations 2003.
Information relating to the NHS professionals service prior to the establishment of the special health authority in April 2004 is not held centrally. The Pennine care NHS trust disengaged with the NHS professionals nursing service in 2004, but it continues to use the full range of doctors' services.
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