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Hospital Facilities

Steve Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of NHS in-patients shared a mixed sex sleeping area at some point during their hospital stay in the last year for which figures are available. [35194]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The proportion of national health service in-patients reporting sharing a room or bay with members of the opposite sex was measured through the 2004 acute adult in-patient survey, administered by the Healthcare Commission. This was conducted in 169 acute and specialist NHS trusts in England that care for adult patients. The response rate to this survey was 63 per cent.

The results of this survey showed that on average, 22 per cent. of patients shared a room or bay while in hospital. This is a fall of 4 percentage points from the previous survey conducted in 2002, and reflects the progress made by the NHS in eliminating mixed-sex accommodation. Results at national and individual trust level are published on the Healthcare Commission website at

The Department has set clear standards for the provision of single-sex accommodation in the NHS. in 2005, 97 per cent. of NHS trusts met these standards, which cover a broader range of issues than the Healthcare Commission's survey, including the provision of separate sanitary facilities for men and women, issues of privacy, dignity and respect and criteria to ensure the safety of patients in mental health settings.

Hospital Hygiene

Ms Gisela Stuart: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the merits of (a) compulsory wearing of facemasks by staff dealing directly with patients, (b) compulsory routine testing of all hospital staff for infections and (c) prohibition of hospital uniforms being worn offsite. [35447]

Jane Kennedy: National evidence based guidelines1,2 do not identify any clinical benefit from wearing facemasks to protect patients during routine ward procedures such as wound dressing or invasive medical procedures.

Screening for healthcare associated infections is not routinely recommended for staff.

It is for individual trusts to determine their own policies on the wearing of uniforms in and around the workplace.

Many trusts have uniform policies in place for all staff stating that staff should not wear uniforms outside of the work place, unless working in the community or on official hospital business. Many also state that uniforms worn outside of the workplace should be covered with a full-length coat.
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1 The epic project: developing national evidence-based guidelines for preventing healthcare association infections phase 1: guidelines for preventing hospital-acquired infections J Hosp Infect; 2001, 47(suppl) S3-S82 2 The epic project. Updating the evidence-base for national evidence-based guidelines for preventing healthcare associated infections in NHS hospitals in England: a report with recommendations". British Journal of Infection Control December 2004 Vol. 5 No. 6 Pellowe CM, Pratt RJ, Loveday HP, Harper P, Robinson M, Hones SRLJ

Hospital-acquired Infection

Mr. Horam: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) incidents of hospital-acquired infection (HAI) and (b) deaths due to HAI there have been in the national health service in each year since 1996. [8713]

Jane Kennedy [holding answer 5 July 2005]: Information on the number of cases of all hospital acquired infection is not available.

The best available information is on meticillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) blood stream infections from mandatory surveillance system at: which was introduced in April 2001. National totals for the first four years are shown in the table.
Reports under the mandatory MRSA bacteraemia surveillance system (acute national health service trust, England)

Number MRSA bacteraemia
April 2001 to March 20027,249
April 2002 to March 20037,373
April 2003 to March 20047,684
April 2004 to March 20047,212

Health Protection Agency

It is not possible to give reliable figures on the number of deaths involving hospital-acquired infections from routinely collected mortality data, as information on whether the infection was acquired in hospital or elsewhere may not be available to the doctor certifying the death.


Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 10 November 2005, Official Report, column 666W, on influenza, whether she has plans to vaccinate poultry handlers against influenza of subtype A/H5N1 should a vaccine become available; and what plans she has to vaccinate poultry handlers against other forms of highly pathogenic avian influenza. [39312]

Caroline Flint: The Government have already announced their plans to purchase a small stockpile of new A/H5N1 vaccine that is currently being developed. Though it is intended that this will initially be used for research purposes, its use for poultry workers and others at serious risk of exposure to infection will be considered in the event of an outbreak of H5N1 in poultry flocks.

There are no plans to vaccinate poultry handlers against other forms of avian influenza as there are no suitable vaccines available.
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In the event of an outbreak of avian influenza in poultry, seasonal human influenza vaccine will be offered to all those considered to be at risk of exposure to infection in addition to antiviral therapy.

Isolation Units

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1)how many isolation units there are in each region; and where each is located; [35790]

(2) how many positive-negative pressure isolation rooms exist within the NHS; and where they are located. [36703]

Jane Kennedy: The Department does not collect information on isolation facilities but has issued guidance that trusts should ensure adequate provision.

Health Service Circular 2000/2002 on the Management and control of hospital infection required trusts to undertake a risk assessment to determine appropriate provision of isolation facilities within each trust. Winning Ways (December 2003) states that national health service trust chief executives will ensure over time that there is appropriate provision of isolation facilities within their healthcare facilities.

Medical Equipment (Supply Contracts)

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health with which companies based in the UK her Department has contracts for the supply of medical equipment. [39692]

Jane Kennedy: The information requested has been placed in the Library.

Medical Staff (Attacks)

Mr. Alan Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases were recorded of attacks on (a) ambulance crews and (b) nurses in each year since 2003–04; how many there were in 2005–06; how many prosecutions were pursued in each case; and what sentences were imposed on those found guilty in each case where all proceedings are complete. [36012]

Mr. Byrne: The information requested is not held centrally in the format requested. The national health service security management service (NHS SMS) is currently in the process of compiling and validating the first ever accurate figures for the levels of physical assault on NHS staff in 2004–05 for the acute, primary care and ambulance services; these will be released in the near future.

Information relating to the number of physical assaults on staff working in NHS mental health and learning disability environments was released on 19 October 2005; these totalled 43,301 for the period 2004–05. In 2002–03 there were 59,992 violent incidents in these settings.

The number of successful prosecutions involving physical assaults on NHS staff for 2004–05 was 759; a 15fold rise over the 51 such prosecutions identified in 2002–03. In 2004–05 there were 100 successful prosecutions involving assaults on ambulance staff.
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No information on sentences imposed on offenders was collated for this period.

Mental Health

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Health which 50 areas have the highest proportion of registered mentally ill people per 10,000 head of population. [39291]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The 50 primary care trusts (PCTs) with the highest number of admissions of patients with a mental illness per 10,000 of population in England in 2003–04 is shown in table 1.

Table 2 shows the number of formal admissions of patients detained under the 1983 Mental Health Act among all national health service care providers in England. There is a direct relationship between the number of admissions and the size of a trust's work force and the capacity of a unit.
Table 1: Admission rates, per 10,000 population, to NHS hospitals under mental illness specialities by PCT of residence, 2003–04

PCT code

PCT name
Rate per 10,000 population
5GRBasildon PCT99
5GQThurrock PCT73
5MENorth Stoke PCT68
5AKSouthend on Sea PCT66
5L1Southampton City PCT66
5EJLeicester City West PCT62
5FTEast Devon PCT57
5JEBarnsley PCT57
5GHNorth Hertfordshire and Stevenage PCT57
5M1South Birmingham PCT54
5FJHastings and St. Leonards PCT54
5GPBillericay, Brentwood and Wickford PCT54
5MFSouth Stoke PCT52
5HLSouth Leeds PCT51
5LWNorthampton PCT50
SALCentral Derby PCT50
5NCWaltham Forest PCT50
5CEBournemouth Teaching PCT50
5C9Haringey Teaching PCT50
5J4Knowsley PCT49
5CKDoncaster Central PCT49
5LDLambeth PCT48
5A2Norwich PCT48
5LREastbourne Downs PCT48
5AWAiredale PCT48
5LJHuddersfield Central PCT47
5EYEastern Leicester PCT47
5E8Wakefield West PCT47
5KJCraven, Harrogate and Rural District PCT
5FAAshfield PCT46
5DRWyre Forest PCT46
5E7Eastern Wakefield PCT46
5A1New Forest PCT46
5KGSouth Tyneside PCT45
5LQBrighton and Hove City PCT45
5H1Hammersmith and Fulham PCT45
5HACentral Liverpool PCT44
5FQNorth Devon PCT44
5G9North Liverpool PCT44
5A8Greenwich PCT44
5L9Western Sussex PCT44
5K8Islington PCT43
5FVMid Devon PCT43
5C5Newham PCT43
SHYHounslow PCT43
5LGWandsworth PCT43
5FRExeter PCT43
5A5Kingston PCT43
5HWNewcastle-under-Lyme PCT43
5J1Halton PCT43

Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), NHS Health and Social Care Information Centre

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Table 2: Admissions to NHS hospitals under the Mental Health Act 1983 by care provider, England, 2003–04

North East1,170
County Durham and Darlington Priority Services229
Gateshead Health53
Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals2
Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland Mental
Northgate and Prudhoe59
Northumbria Health Care11
South of Tyne and Wearside Mental Health202
Tees and North East Yorkshire275
North West3,299
5 Boroughs Partnership285
Bolton, Salford and Trafford Mental Health464
Cheshire and Wirral Partnership329
Lancashire Care616
Manchester Mental Health and Social Care488
Mersey Care366
Morecambe Bay PCT155
North Cumbria Acute Hospitals4
North Cumbria Mental Health and Learning Disabilities113
Pennine Care461
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital
Yorkshire and The Humber1,857
Barnsley PCT69
Bradford District Care266
Craven, Harrogate and Rural District PCT37
Doncaster and South Humber Healthcare196
Hambleton and Richmondshire PCT36
Harrogate Health Care2
Hull and East Riding Community Health209
Leeds Mental Health Teaching348
Leeds Teaching Hospitals
Rotherham PCT
Selby and York PCT89
Sheffield Care Trust231
Sheffield Childrens3
South West Yorkshire Mental Health371
York Hospitals
East Midlands1,705
Chesterfield PCT33
Derbyshire Mental Health Services357
High Peak and Dales PCT13
Leicestershire Partnership368
Lincolnshire Partnership183
North Eastern Derbyshire PCT5
Northampton General Hospital
Northamptonshire Healthcare268
Nottinghamshire Healthcare478
West Midlands2,697
Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health765
Birmingham Children's Hospital10
Coventry PCT211
Dudley Beacon and Castle PCT95
Dudley South PCT2
Herefordshire PCT65
North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare216
North Warwickshire PCT92
Royal Shrewsbury Hospitals4
Sandwell Mental Health and Social Care137
Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals4
Shropshire County PCT313
South Birmingham PCT10
South Staffordshire Healthcare183
South Warwickshire PCT82
Walsall Hospitals12
Walsall PCT168
Wolverhampton City PCT120
Worcestershire Mental Health Partnership208
East of England2,275
Bedfordshire and Luton Community329
Cambridge and Peterborough Mental Health Partnership245
Colchester PCT7
Hertfordshire Partnership428
James Paget Healthcare1
Local Health Partnerships237
Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital
Norfolk Mental Health Care388
North Essex Mental Health Partnership337
Norwich PCI9
South Essex Partnership234
West Norfolk PCT60
Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health696
Barts and The London2
Brent PCT3
Camden and Islington Mental Health and Social Care548
Central and North West London Mental Health595
East London and The City Mental Health629
King's College Hospital7
Kingston Hospital
North East London Mental Health368
South London and Maudsley1160
South West London and St George's Mental Health539
The Hillingdon Hospital106
University College London Hospital
West London Mental Health728
South East3,737
Berkshire Healthcare411
Buckinghamshire Hospitals
Buckinghamshire Mental Health196
East Hampshire PCT51
East Kent and Social Care Partnership224
East Sussex County Healthcare252
Isle of Wight Healthcare135
Milton Keynes PCT84
North West Surrey Mental Health Partnership74
Oxford Learning Disability4
Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals2
Oxfordshire Mental Healthcare356
Portsmouth City PCT97
South Downs Health277
Southampton University Hospitals2
Stoke Mandeville Hospital
Surrey Hampshire Borders170
Surrey Oaklands157
West Hampshire398
West Kent and Social Care Trust436
West Sussex Health and Social Care409
Winchester and Eastleigh Healthcare NHS Care2
South West2,397
Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership731
Bath and North East Somerset PCT4
Cornwall Partnership238
Devon Partnership413
Dorset Health Care247
Gloucestershire Partnership230
North Bristol3
North Dorset PCT77
Plymouth Hospitals5
Plymouth PCT175
Royal Cornwall Hospitals9
Salisbury Healthcare4
Somerset Partnership NHS and Social Care261
Swindon and Marlborough


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