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Caroline Flint: The Government response to the Health Select Committee's report on the prevention of venous thromboembolism in hospitalised patients was presented to Parliament by the Secretary of State for Health in July 2005. The response included a reference to a letter that the Chief Medical Officer had written to all doctors on this topic, and a commitment to set up an independent expert working group which would make its recommendations by summer 2006. The report and recommendations were submitted to the Chief Medical Officer on 17 July. The Chief Medical Officer is now considering its findings.
Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what input (a) her Department and (b) its (i) agencies and (ii) non-departmental public bodies had into the Hampton review and its report, Reducing Administrative Burdens: Effective Inspection and Enforcement. 
Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will place in the Library the financial working papers which support the proposals for savings contained on page 22 of the consultation document The Future of Healthcare in Gloucestershire: Proposals for Developing Sustainable NHS Services, published by primary care trusts in Gloucestershire. 
Andy Burnham: The reconfiguration of local services is a matter for local health economies, therefore the requested financial working papers were prepared by the three Gloucestershire primary care trusts, which merged to become Gloucestershire PCT from 1 October. However, the strategic health authority, NHS South West, with the consent of the PCT has provided the papers, which have now been placed in the Library.
Dr. Evan Harris: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to prevent homeopathists providing homeopathic treatments for malaria prevention in place of conventional anti-malaria prophylactics; and if she will make a statement. 
Caroline Flint: In July 2005, the Health Protection Agency's Advisory Committee on Malaria Prevention in UK Travellers (ACMP) recommended against the use of homeopathic remedies for the prevention of malaria, stating that
there is no scientific proof that homeopathic remedies are effective for the prevention of malaria.
The committee advised that anyone travelling to any country where malaria may be caught should visit their general practitioner or travel centre and should follow their advice on which medicines to take, the dose to take, and how long to take the medicines before travelling and after returning home.
Mr. Ivan Lewis: The Secretary of State last met with the chair and chief executive of the Independent Reconfiguration Panel on 3 October 2006 to discuss the referral to the panel for advice of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee referrals relating to maternity and paediatric services in North Tees and Hartlepool.
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 20 July 2006, Official Report, column 664W, on influenza pandemic, what plans she has for the central procurement of a stockpile of face masks for use in the event of an influenza pandemic. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: As stated on 20 July, we have recommended the use of face masks for health care professionals who would be working closely with infected patients. We are currently considering whether we should centrally procure and stockpile face masks and a decision will be reached as soon as possible.
Mr. Baron: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in encouraging pilot projects between local authorities and primary care trusts to develop an integrated approach to information as set out in the Our Health Our Care Our Say White Paper; and if she will make a statement. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The Department is currently developing options for pilot projects between primary care trusts and local authorities and has identified a number of potential partners for these pilots. We are aware of a number of existing models of good practice in integrated information provision which we will evaluate. The development of the pilots will also be informed by the findings of the review of the provision of health and social care information, which is also a White Paper commitment.
Mr. Ivan Lewis: The Government published the green paper Care matters: transforming the lives of children in care on 9 October. This document sets out a range of proposals for improving the health of this group of children, including setting out a comprehensive model for good practice in local areas in providing health services for children in care.
Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) which individuals and organisations have been consulted as part of the review by McKinsey and Company of the health economy of Kent, Surrey and Sussex on behalf of the South East Coast Strategic Health Authority; 
(2) what projects McKinsey and Company management consultants have undertaken for the Surrey and Sussex Strategic Health Authority and successor bodies in (a) 2004-05, (b) 2005-06 and (c) 2006-07. 
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average time taken for the medical records of patients who are discharged from hospital to care facilities to reach the general practitioners linked with the care homes was in the last period for which figures are available. 
Caroline Flint: This information is not collected centrally. It is the responsibility of the practitioners concerned to ensure that the appropriate information is transferred in a timely and appropriate fashion on discharge from hospital. In general, medical records are not transferred but as the national health service care records service is rolled out nationally, all practitioners will have access to a shared summary record (subject to confidentiality and privacy safeguards).
Andy Burnham: Since April 2001, trusts in England have reported all cases of meticillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteraemias (bloodstream infections), to the Health Protection Agency. Data covering the period April 2001 to March 2006 were published on 24 July 2006(1). The data for those trusts in London are summarised in the table.
(1 )Data are subject to change.
|MRSA bacteraemias; London (that is within London Strategic Health Authority: April 2001 to March 2006)|
|April to March each year:||Number of bacteraemias|
Health Protection Agency
Andy Burnham: The information requested is not collected centrally. The most reliable data on methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections in England are for MRSA bloodstream infections from April 2001 through the mandatory surveillance scheme. Regional data for each six month period from April 2001 to March 2006 were published on 24 July 2006, and these are available on the Health Protection Agencys website at:
To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 24 July 2006, Official Report, column 1060W, on MRSA, what assessment she has made of the reasons for the differences in the
rates of increase in MRSA-related deaths in each region; and what steps have been taken to reduce MRSA-related deaths in those regions where it is relatively high. 
Andy Burnham: The numbers of deaths provided in the answer of 24 July 2006, Official Report, column 1060W, are too small to ascertain whether or not there are differences between regions in the rate of change over time.
However, combating methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and other healthcare associated infections is a priority for Government throughout the country. A target, to halve the number of MRSA bloodstream infections by April 2008 is in place and each trust has its own target. This target is supported by a wide ranging programme and includes the Saving Lives package of best practice measures all acute trusts have signed up to. In addition, the Department continues to engage those trusts facing the most significant challenges and it will seek to work with trusts most likely to benefit from support tailored to their organisational needs.
The recent publication of the Health Act 2006Code of Practice for the Prevention and Control of Health Care Associated Infections, will also help drive up standards of hygiene and infection control. The Healthcare Commission will assess compliance with the code as part of its annual Healthcheck process from 2007-08 and has a new power to issue an improvement notice to a national health service body that in its view is not properly observing the code.
Caroline Flint: In 2005-06, the Department spent £4.32 million on a campaign targeting young adult smokers (including 16 to 18-year-olds) emphasising the negative effects smoking has on them now; that is for young womentheir looks, for young menthe risk of impotence.
Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what average hourly rate her Department paid to employment agencies for agency staff in each year since 1999, broken down by agency. 
Fire and rescue service returns to DCLG (FDR1 return)
Mr. Spellar: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she will reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Warley of 28 July on behalf of Miss Lole, Smethwick. 
Alistair Burt: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she will provide a substantive reply to Question 90813, tabled by the hon. Member for North-East Bedfordshire on 4 September 2006 for named day answer on 11 September 2006. 
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