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Ministerial Travel/Visits

Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health on how many occasions since 7 July she has used the London Underground in connection with her official duties. [35024]

Mr. Byrne: Since the 7 July 2005, the Secretary of State has not used the London Underground in connection with her official duties.

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health which NHS hospitals she has visited in each month since May 2005. [41963]

Mr. Byrne: The Secretary of State has visited the following national health service hospitals since May 2005:






MMR Vaccination

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children in (a) Southend, (b) Essex and
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(c) Hertfordshire have been given (i) the single MMR vaccine and (ii) the three separate vaccines in each of the last five years for which figures are available. [50866]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The information relating to the number of children who have received the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine and separate vaccinations for measles, mumps and rubella is not collected in the format requested.

The table shows the percentage of children immunised against MMR by their second birthday in Southend, Essex and Hertfordshire.


n/a = not available
COVER—data collection system (regulated by Department of Health)

Mobile Telephone Masts

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what studies her Department has carried out into the health effects of mobile telephone masts since March 2003; and if she will make a statement. [51213]

Caroline Flint: Measurements near mobile phone base stations (masts) have shown that radio frequency (RF) electromagnetic field exposures are very much lower than the international guidelines ( and Nevertheless, in response to recommendations for continuing research, the mobile telecommunications and health research (MTHR) programme, jointly funded by Government and industry, has supported a number of studies investigating the potential health effects of mobile phone technology below the guideline levels.

Individual studies under the MTHR programme relating directly to base stations include a study of cancer incidence in early childhood near mobile phone base stations being carried out at Imperial College London and a study of hypersensitivity symptoms associated with RF electromagnetic field exposure being carried out at the University of Essex. A description of all the individual studies in the MTHR programme is available on its website

Worldwide research on the potential health effects from mobile phone technology is evaluated periodically by the Health Protection Agency's radiation protection division. The report entitled Mobile Phones and Health 2004", available on the HPA's website at, noted that there are continuing concerns about the impact of base stations on health and well-being
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Mr. Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of MRSA there have been in each hospital in Lancashire in each of the last five years. [49133]

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Mr. Byrne: The information is not available in the suggested format. However, the best available information on methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) blood stream infections is from the mandatory surveillance scheme on health care associated infections, which started in April 2001.

The latest annual figures for national health service hospital trusts in the Lancashire area are shown in the table.
NHS trustApril 2001 to March 2002April 2002 to March 2003April 2003 to March 2004April 2004 to March 2005
East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust57666369
Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre Hospitals NHS Trust44406462
Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust76585674
Morecambe Bay Hospital NHS Trust33243030

Mr. Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have (a) successfully claimed and (b) attempted to claim compensation for contracting MRSA in each of the Lancashire hospitals in each of the last five years. [49134]

Mr. Byrne: The information requested is not available in the required format. However, national data are shown in the table.
(A) Number of successful claims made, that is damages paid(B) Number of attempted claims made

(114) Claims are recorded on the NHS Litigation Authority's database in financial years (April/March), rather than calendar years.

Column (A) shows the number of successful claims and column (B), shows the total number of attempted claims. It is not possible however, to provide a breakdown of the data into the question's categories (i) and (ii)—as centrally held data do not differentiate between a patient and a member of their family claiming for negligence.

The figures provided are in respect of all claims where Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is stated as an element of the claim, it could be a cause or an injury. The contraction of the MRSA could be a non-negligent consequence of the negligent act.

Centrally collected data do not allow us to provide specific figures in respect of the allegation that it was negligent to acquire MRSA i.e. there was a breach of infection/hygiene control policies.

The number of claims are shown by notification year, that is the financial year in which the trust was first notified that a claim was going to be made. Because the notification date can be up to three years after the incident, the table above is subject to updates that might place additional claims in certain years.

Mr. Jenkin: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what incidence of MRSA has been recorded in Essex Rivers Healthcare NHS Trust since April 2005. [52056]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The incidence of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) for Essex Rivers Healthcare National Health Service Trust between April and September 2005, was 13 MRSA bacteraemia reports, a rate of 0.12 per 1,000 bed days 1 .

Further information is available on the Department's website:

Mr. Hurd: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many MRSA cases have occurred in (a) the constituency of Ruislip-Northwood and (b) each London borough in each year since 1997. [52286]

Jane Kennedy: The Department does not hold this information in the format requested. However, a table showing the number of reported methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus cases by national health service trusts for the years 2001 to 2005 is available on the Department's website at:

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