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Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the Health Protection Agency is expected to publish the conclusions of its review of the law concerning the treatment of people with infectious diseases against their will. 
Caroline Flint: "Getting Ahead of the Curve", the infectious disease strategy published by the chief medical officer in January 2002, made clear our intention to review the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984.
In preparation for the review, the Department has asked the Health Protection Agency (HPA) to consider how public health practitioners might make more effective use of the powers currently provided by the 1984 Act, and what difficulties practitioners find with the current powers and what changes might be desirable. We expect to receive the results of the first instalment of the HPA's work by the end of June 2005 and will want to consider with the HPA at that stage when and in what form it would be appropriate to publish the results of its work.
We will decide, in the light of work by the HPA and of other developments, such as the World Health Organisation's adoption of new international health regulations, how to take the review forward. Our aim will be to consider whether and how the law could be modernised to ensure protection of the public, while respecting the rights of the individual. If it seems that changes to the law would be desirable, we shall of course want to consult those affected before proceeding.
Mr. Gale: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many case managers have been appointed to review health service complaints referred to the Healthcare Commission; how many such cases are outstanding; and if she will make a statement. 
Jane Kennedy [holding answer 23 March 2005]: The Healthcare Commission took on its role in handling the independent review stage of the national health service complaints process at the end of July 2004. I understand that there are currently 87 case managers working on independent review requests.
The Department does not estimate changes in hospital bed numbers. The latest capacity planning exercise, conducted in 2004, was designed to ensure there was sufficient activity in place to deliver the
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200607 to 200708 public service agreements targets. The Departmental focus was on the levels of elective, non-elective and diagnostics activity planned by strategic health authorities rather than bed numbers.
Jane Kennedy: This data are not collected centrally. A number of strategies are in place to manage, monitor and screen patients for under-nutrition in hospitals, residential care and the wider community. Nutritional screening is recommended for the care of specific groups, as part of locally determined services.
Jane Kennedy: This information is not collected centrally in the exact format requested. Data collected from trusts as part of the annual estates related information collection (ERIC) is shown in the table. The term "conventional" refers to food prepared on site. In addition, some of the meals provided through "cook chill", "cook freeze" and "other" services will also be produced on site. We do not have data on the exact amount of food produced on site through these latter processes.
|Cook chill plated||6.67|
|Cook chill bulk||30.44|
|Cook freeze plated||1.65|
|Cook freeze bulk||8.5|
An assessment of the better hospital food (BHF) programme has been conducted by analysis
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of the results of patient environment action team (PEAT) visits, delivery against the BHF objectives and by national patient surveys.
|(a) PEAT results 200203|
|As at June:|
|Ward kitchen services||256||72||320||89||332||89|
|Snack box service||210||59||254||71||295||79|
|Main meal evening||280||78||327||92||349||94|
|Leading chef dishes||142||40||214||60||314||84|
|200102 (quarter 18)||200304 (quarter 15)|
|Base: All valid|
|I did not have any|
|Not applicable||Not applicable|
Jane Kennedy: This data are not collected in the exact form requested. The cost of provisions for patients and the total cost of catering from 200004 is shown in the table. Information was not collected prior to 2000.
|Cost of provisions for patients(19)||Total cost of catering(20)|
|Total patient main meals||Total untouched meals||Percentage of meals untouched|
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