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Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what resources have been allocated to mental health services for people aged (a) 50 to 64, (b) 65 to 74 and (c) 75 years or over as part of the National Service Framework for (i) older people and (ii) mental health. 
Mr. Byrne: The resources that are necessary to deliver services in line with the national service frameworks (NSFs) for older people and mental health are included in the unified allocations made directly to primary care trusts (PCTs). It is for PCTs in partnership with strategic health authorities and other local stakeholders to determine how best to use these resources to deliver services in line with the NSFs.
Helen Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether a compromise agreement was signed by Mersey Regional Ambulance Service and their Chief Executive prior to her departure from the organisation. 
Mr. Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will take steps to collect information on the number of MRI scans carried out in the County Durham and Tees Valley Strategic Health Authority area. 
Mr. Byrne [holding answer 18 July 2005]: Data on the number of magnetic resonance imaging scans carried out at County Durham and Tees Valley Strategic Health Authority is already collected and published on the Department's website at: www.performance.doh.gov.uk/hospitalactivity/.
Mr. Byrne: The Department intends to publish best practice guidance on musculoskeletal conditions later this year. In addition, the Government have already published the national service framework for people with long-term conditions.
Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what measures she has put in place to ensure the safety of commercial cloth laundering services supplying NHS maternity wards with communally laundered cloth nappies for newborn babies; at what temperature these nappies are washed; and at what minimum temperature she recommends reusable nappies are washed in the home to avoid the risk of infection; 
Commercial cloth laundering services supplying national health service maternity wards with communally laundered cloth nappies for newborn babies must comply with HSG(95)18, a copy of which is available in the Library. The guidelines set a thermal disinfection wash cycle in which the water temperature has been raised to 65 degrees centigrade for not less than 10 minutes or to 71 degrees centigrade for not less than three minutes.
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The Department advises parents that washable cloth nappies be laundered in a 60 degree centigrade wash. A hot wash cycle will destroy most vegetative bacteria and enteric viruses. However, water temperature is only one factor in the laundering process, as the cleansing effect of the detergent and the dilution effect of the pre-wash, wash and rinse is also important.
Information on the number of cases of enteric viruses in NHS hospitals using commercially laundered nappies is not collected centrally. The number of hospital
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episodes for babies under three years of age with a primary diagnosis of enteric virus in England in 200304 is shown in the table.
|Less than 1 day||16 days||728 days||2990 days||91181 days||182272 days||273364 days||1 year old||2 years old||3 years old||Total|
Jane Kennedy: In the light of the recommendation in the report from the National Audit Office in 2000 that the Department should produce an infection control manual, the Department carried out a scoping study aimed at establishing what infection control specialists wanted from an infection control manual. The study showed a clear consensus that what was wanted was a reliable and high quality infection control information resource, bringing together all national guidance and other source literature relevant to the prevention and control of infection, rather than an infection control manual as such.
To meet this requirement a National Resource for Infection Control (NRIC) has been produced. The NRIC website went live in May 2005 at www.nric.org.uk and will be further developed over the next two years.
Mr. Byrne: The information requested is not collected centrally. Neonatal care services are provided through national health service general funding allocations. It is not possible to identify the neonatal element of this expenditure separately as it is included within the data for maternity gross expenditure, which is shown in table 1.
|HCHS Programme budget cash|
figures: Gross expenditure
|Obstetric in patient funding|
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