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Mr. Redwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many regulations have been repealed by his Department since 1 October 2004. [224620]

Ms Rosie Winterton: 37 statutory instruments, including both regulations and orders, have been revoked from 1 October 2004 to date. In addition, there were 10 statutory instruments in which provisions were revoked but the whole of the instrument was not.


Mr. Bruce George: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) indirect and direct funding and (b) other support he provided to dermatology research in each of the last five years. [223932]

Miss Melanie Johnson: The main agency through which the Government support medical and clinical research is the Medical Research Council (MRC). The MRC is an independent body funded by the Department of Trade and Industry via the Office of Science and Technology.

The Department funds research to support policy and to provide the evidence needed to underpin quality improvement and service development in the national health service.

Both the MRC and the Department are currently supporting skin research. Past expenditure on such research is shown in the table.
Expenditure on skin research 1999–2000 to 2003–04

MRCDepartment's national research programmes (£000)
2001–021.17 million300
2002–031.58 million283
2003–041.8 million613

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Over 75 per cent. of the Department's total expenditure on health research is devolved to and managed by NHS organisations. Details of completed and ongoing projects, including a significant number concerned with dermatology, can be found on the national research register at

Digital Hearing Aids

Mr. Clifton-Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the Government's policy is on supplying digital hearing aids to those who have been diagnosed to be in need of them; [220636]

(2) what the Government's timetable is for providing digital hearing aids to those diagnosed to be in need of them. [220708]

Dr. Ladyman [pursuant to the reply, 9 March 2005, Official Report, c.1907W]: I regret that my previous reply was incorrect. The final paragraph should read as follows:

Domiciliary Care Workers

Mr. Gill: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will introduce a system of registration for paid domiciliary care workers. [224823]

Dr. Ladyman: The Secretary of State for Health is required by the Care Standards Act 2000 to consult the General Social Care Council (GSCC) before making any order to extend the register to social care workers, including domiciliary care workers. He did so in 2004, following which the GSCC undertook an open consultation in England last autumn and recommended the following order for the next groups for registration:

Ministers have accepted in principle the recommendations of the GSCC. Detailed plans for the implementation of these recommendations are being prepared and an announcement will be made in the coming months.

Dr. Wilmshurst (Royal Shrewsbury Hospital)

John Austin: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information the Chief Medical Officer has received from Dr. Wilmshurst, consultant cardiologist at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital; what action he has taken as a result; and if he will place copies of the correspondence in the Library. [224265]

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Dr. Ladyman: This information cannot be released without compromising the privacy of a number of third parties. Release would contravene the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998.

Drug Treatment (Appraisals)

Mr. Laxton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will review the National Institute for Clinical Excellence appraisals of drug treatments to ensure that all important health effects have been taken into account in each case. [224564]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The process by which the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) appraises drugs and their treatment is a matter for NICE itself. NICE consults periodically in its appraisal process. The latest consultation was in 2004, details can be found on the NICE'S website

NICE is an independent organisation, which has gained an international reputation for its work on clinical and cost effectiveness of treatment and healthcare. NICE'S methodologies have also been commended by the World Health Organisation.

Elderly People (Falls)

Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his latest estimate is of the number of persons aged (a) over 65, (b) over 75 and (c) over 85 years of age resident in (i) residential care homes, (ii) nursing homes and (iii) their own homes and receiving domiciliary care; and what the (A) suicide rate, (B) number of reports to the police of missing persons, (C) number of admissions to hospital following falls and (D) number of deaths as a result of accident was in each group in the latest period for which figures are available. [224262]

Dr. Ladyman: The estimated numbers of people aged 65 and over, 75 and over and 85 and over reported to be living in residential and nursing care homes in England from the 2001 census are shown in Table 1. The table also shows the estimated number of people receiving domiciliary care provided or commissioned by councils with social service responsibilities in England at 31 March 2004.

The Office for National Statistics does not hold information on suicide rates in residential care homes, nursing homes and homes that receive domiciliary care.

Table 2 shows the number of finished admissions to national health service hospitals following a fall by age group in England in 2003–04. The breakdown specified is not available.

Table 3 shows the number of registered deaths from accidental injury, by place of occurrence in England in 2003. The breakdown specified is not available.

Information on missing persons is a matter for the Home Office.
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Table 1: Estimated number of people by age group in residential and nursing care homes and those receiving domiciliary care in England

As at 31 March65 and over75 and over85 and over
Residential care2001(32)162,800147,70095,800
Nursing care2001(32)116,700102,20060,400
Domiciliary care2004(33)318,000263,000n/a

n/a—Data not available.
(32) Office for National Statistics (2001 Census Table S126).
(33) Department of Health RAP return P2s.1 2003–04.

Table 2: Count of finished admissions to NHS hospitals following falls in England, 2003–04

65 and over116,500
75 and over92,800
85 and over44,600

1. Ungrossed data—figures have not been adjusted for shortfalls in data.
2. A finished admission episode is the first period of in-patient care under one consultant within one healthcare provider. Please note that admissions do not represent the number of in-patients, as a person may have more than one admission within the year.
Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), Department of Health.

Table 3: Number of registered deaths(34) from accidental injury in England, 2003

Place of occurrence(35)All ages65 and over75 and over85 and over
All accidents10,5005,8005,0002,900
Transport accidents3,000600400100
Non-transport accidents7,5005,2004,6002,800
of which
occurring at home2,9001,5001,200600
occurring in residential institution(36)500400400300
with place of occurrence unspecified3,1002,9002,7001,800

(34) Figures are for death registrations, not occurrences.
(35) Place of occurrence breakdown refers to where the accident occurred, not the place of usual residence of the casualty.
(36) Residential institution covers: children's home, dormitory, home for the sick, hospice, military camp, nursing home, old people's home, orphanage, pensioner's home, prison, reform school.
Data is based on ICD10 codes V01-X59, V01-V99, W00-X59, W00-X59 (4th digit 0, 1 and 9).
Office for National Statistics.

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