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Trans Fatty Acids

Mr. Maude: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) estimated adult intake of trans fatty acids and (b) recommended maximum threshold for health was in each year that records are available. [86103]

Caroline Flint: The most recent data available, from national diet and nutrition survey of adults carried out in 2000-01, show average intakes of trans fatty acids at 1.2 per cent. of food energy. Previous comparable data from 1986-87 show adult average intakes of trans fatty acids at 2.2 per cent, of food energy.

In 1991, the Committee on Medical Aspects of Food Policy recommended that population average intakes of trans fatty acids should not exceed 2 per cent, of food energy. No specific recommendations about the dietary intake of trans fatty acids had been established at the time of the 1986-87 survey.


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Trust Reconfiguration

Mr. Burrowes: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many consultations concerning reconfiguration of hospital trusts in England have (a) been referred to her Department and (b) subsequently been upheld by her Department in each of the last five years. [86729]

Andy Burnham: There has been one referral from a Community Health Council and 16 primary care trust (PCT) and trust referrals from overview and scrutiny committees to the Secretary of State for Health in relation to contested service reconfigurations. The table sets out the outcome in each case.

Number of referrals Outcome

1

Referral upheld

1

Proposals withdrawn by PCT in favour of wide-ranging review

4

Ministerial decision to support changes referred for consideration

2

Referred back for national health service and stakeholders to reach local agreement

2

Referred to Independent Reconfiguration Panel for advice

6

Being considered by the Department


vCJD Compensation Scheme

Kate Hoey: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps her Department is taking to ensure that administrative costs paid to Charles Russell solicitors for their administration of the vCJD compensation scheme are kept as low as possible; and if she will make a statement. [86539]

Caroline Flint: The vCJD Trust has appointed the legal firm, Charles Russell, to provide support. The trust is independent of the Department and these arrangements, and their costs, are therefore the responsibility of the trust. Both the Department and the trust agree on the importance of minimising costs wherever possible.

Waiting Lists (Southend)

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people are on NHS waiting lists in Southend-on-Sea for (a) elective surgery and (b) out-patient appointments; what the (i) average and (ii) longest wait was in each case in 2005-06; and if she will make a statement. [87316]

Andy Burnham: Waiting times figures for Southend-on-Sea Primary Care Trust, the latest available are shown in the table.

In-patient Out-patient

Number on list

3,255

4,094

Longest wait

5-6 months

8-13 weeks

Average wait (weeks)

6.3

6.1


No patients waited longer than six months or 13 weeks.


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Ward Sister

Daniel Kawczynski: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what factors were taken into account when the decision was made to abolish the post of ward sister; and if she will make a statement. [85430]

Ms Rosie Winterton: There has been no decision to abolish the post of ward sister. Some trusts have chosen to call ward sisters by other names such as charge nurse or ward manager but the core components of the role have remained the same. Ward sisters are at the heart of delivering high quality care to patients in a variety of settings and they have a vital role within nursing.

Written Questions

Peter Luff: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many written questions to her Department remain unanswered at 25 July for (a) between two and four weeks, (b) between four and six weeks, (c) between six
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and eight weeks and (d) more than eight weeks; and how many in each category were tabled for named day answer. [87921]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: This session, we have received over 13,000 questions for written answer. As at today, there are 26 written questions unanswered for between two and four weeks, 11 for between four and six weeks, five for between six and eight weeks, and seven more than eight weeks. None were questions tabled for answer on a named day.

York NHS Trust

Hugh Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many finished consultant episodes there were at York NHS Trust (a) in each specialty and (b) in total excluding the specialties transferred to Selby and York Primary Care Trust in each year since 1996-97. [87134]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: The information is not available in the format requested. However, finished consultant episodes at York Hospitals NHS Trust in each specialty are shown in the table.


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Main specialty 2004-05 2003-04 2002-03 2001-02 2000-01 1999-2000 1998-99 1997-98 1996-97

General surgery

8,972

8,727

8,034

7,440

7,493

7,620

7,618

6,929

7,290

Urology

5,326

5,345

4,817

4,719

4,860

4,432

4,441

4,319

4,390

Trauma and orthopaedics

5,548

5,566

5,158

4,649

4,660

4,468

4,560

4,274

4,375

Ear, nose and throat

2,075

2,041

2,050

2,301

2,193

2,166

2,134

1,833

2,211

Ophthalmology

3,134

2,534

2,290

2,272

2,253

2,288

2,175

1,885

1,923

Oral surgery

1,491

1,409

1,354

1,223

1,244

1,368

1,351

1,268

1,215

Restorative dentistry

7

339

336

333

364

397

422

Plastic surgery

*

Cardiothoracic surgery

*

Accident and emergency

356

1,879

29

*

134

460

731

1,361

Anaesthetics

1,900

16,536

1,882

1,918

1,906

2,292

2,469

2,345

1,174

General medicine

18,003

684

15,561

14,076

12,888

12,002

11,592

10,961

10,604

Haematology (clinical)

991

62

667

824

938

1,391

1,310

1,043

814

Dermatology

49

75

103

127

148

170

113

132

Genito-urinary medicine

*

*

Medical oncology

166

165

190

269

348

126

*

*

Neurology

508

670

520

510

429

397

404

409

441

Rheumatology

233

256

172

184

190

265

318

351

290

Paediatrics

4,898

4,651

4,124

4,158

3,908

4,168

3,741

3,321

3,291

Geriatric medicine

9,316

7,756

6,160

5,448

5,216

5,021

5,254

4,561

4,311

Gynaecology

10,664

9,738

9,310

9,463

9,312

9,306

13,257

13,471

13,572

General medical practice

1,687

General practice with maternity function

1,631

1,581

1,359

1,648

1,737

493

125

201

General practice other than maternity

370

411

437

480

522

519

Mental handicap

46

35

40

38

42

76

Mental illness

614

686

694

904

874

993

Child adolescent and psychiatry

53

50

48

42

44

53

Old age psychiatry

612

616

685

663

643

677

Radiotherapy

*

Radiology

*

*

*

*

Chemical pathology

214

40

38

80

80

190

121

72

67

Histopathology

*


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