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Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the operation of Lancashire Teaching Hospital Trust, with particular reference to (a) its Foundation Trust status and (b) the periods for election for the board membership. 
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the change in need for lung cancer operations resulting from the implementation of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidance on lung cancer, with specific reference to the provision of positron emission tomography scanners. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: These data are not currently collected by the Department. However, the PLUS clinical trials have indicated that positron emission tomography (PET) scanning can prevent patients undergoing unnecessary surgery for one out of five patients with suspected non-small-cell lung cancer
The draft national framework for the development of PET services also strongly recommends, in paragraph 7.3, that service providers should undertake audits of the impact on clinical management and outcomes for their patients.
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Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what representations she has received from educational institutions outside the UK wishing to offer courses for UK students to study medicine; and if she will make a statement; 
Mr. Byrne: Two overseas educational institutions, St.George's Medical school, Grenada and St. Michael's school of Medicine, St Helena, have made representations since 2003, together with an unrelated approach this year from an individual on behalf of an unnamed European university.
The United Kingdom plans and funds the future numbers of its medical graduates very carefully. It is not our policy to meet planned numbers through the funding of places in institutions outside the UK. It is, of course, open to such institutions to offer places to UK citizens who might on graduation seek to work in the UK.
Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health to how many individuals and organisations the report Securing Better Mental Health for Older Adults" has been sent; and what resources have been allocated to publicising it. 
Securing Better Mental Health for Older Adults" is not available in hard copy. The report is available on the Department's website at www.dh.gov.uk/assetRoot/04/ll/50/80/04115080.Ddf
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Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what methodology was used to calculate figures quoted in the report Securing Better Mental Health for Older Adults stating that (a) 40 percent. of GP attendees, (b) 50 percent. of general hospital patients and (c) 60 percent. of care home residents are older adults with mental health problems. 
Mr. Byrne: The figures were provided by the Department's senior clinical adviser on older people's mental health services. While no one figure will be exact, as different studies show slightly different results, the figures of 40, 50 and 60 percent., mentioned are rounded figures representative of the appropriate literature available.
Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding has been allocated to support the work of the programme board for older adult mental health services (a) to promote social inclusion and (b) to support the Government's vision for social care as set out in the Securing Better Mental Health for Older Adults report. 
Mr. Byrne: Decisions on how much funding should be used for the provision of mental health services rest with local service commissioners and providers, who will take into account of local priorities and the particular needs of their resident population. The work associated with taking forward the Department's new vision of mental health services for older people will help with this decision-making.
Ms Abbott: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how the findings of the Count Me In" survey will be used to reduce ethnic inequality in mental health services; and how progress will be measured. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The Count Me In" census of all mental health inpatients was undertaken successfully on 31 March. It included questions on patients' ethnicity and faith, the sort of care they were receiving and how they had come into contact with mental health services. The results of this census are still being analysed. They will provide a clearer picture than has been available previously of the type and magnitude of inequalities in services for black and minority ethnic (BME) patients. The results will help us to identify priorities for our BME mental health programme aimed at reducing such inequalities.
The Healthcare Commission will repeat and extend the census in 2006 and future years, allowing the 2005 data to serve as a baseline for measuring progress. A report on the 2005 census will be published this autumn.
Lancashire Care National Health Service Trust provides mental health services in Lancashire to adults aged 16 to 65 and older adults over the age of 65. Child and adolescent mental health services are provided by a range of primary care trusts and acute trusts across the Cumbria and Lancashire strategic health authority area.
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Mr. Lancaster: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much target-tied funding the Milton Keynes General Hospital maternity ward has received from its primary care trust over each of the last five years; 
Mr. Byrne [holding answer 18 July 2005]: The Department does not currently collect data on diagnostic waiting lists centrally, but will be revising data collections to support the 18 week waiting time target that include activity levels and waiting times for a number of diagnostic tests.
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the pilot for an enhanced surveillance system for MRSA (a) was commissioned and (b) commenced; and when she expects it will (i) conclude and (ii) be evaluated. 
Jane Kennedy: Piloting of the enhanced surveillance system for meticillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus" was commissioned in March 2005 and started in 21 acute national health service trusts in England on 1 May 2005.
Ms Rosie Winterton: Meticillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) creates a range of conditions, including simple carriage with no ill effects, minor skin infections and serious infections such as pneumonia or blood stream infections (bacteraemia). Mandatory surveillance only covers blood stream infections and the data shown in the table has been extracted from the Department's mandatory MRSA bacteraemia surveillance scheme annual data for 2001 to 2005. This is a available on the Department's website at:
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Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many cases of MRSA have been recorded in hospitals in Hornsey and Wood Green in each of the last five years, broken down by age of patient; 
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