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Mr. Ivan Lewis [holding answer 24 July 2007]: No. On 1 January 2003, the Department issued Fair Access to Care Services, guidance on eligibility criteria for adult social care, to councils for implementation by April 2003. It was issued under cover of Local Authority CircularLAC (2002)13and is still in force.
Practice guidance in support of the policy guidance was published on 2 August 2002 and updated on 6 March 2003 to assist councils with their final preparations for implementation by 7 April 2003. The practice guidance makes it clear that the carrying out and completion of a community care assessment should not be contingent on whether or not an individual can pay for care services, be they provided in a care home or the individual's own home.
Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to extend the consultation on the partial regulatory impact assessment on the Infant Formula and Follow-on Formula (England) Regulations 2007 to obtain views on a third option of fully implementing the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes and subsequent World Health Assembly resolutions on the health, social and environmental aspects of marketing breastmilk substitutes, giving these precedence over trade considerations; and if he will make a statement. 
Dawn Primarolo: The Food Standards Agency launched, on 2 July, a 12-week public consultation on draft domestic regulations which will lay down rules about the composition, labelling and advertising of formulae requesting views from stakeholders on a range of issues. Any responses received, including those that suggest alternative options, will be considered as part of the consultation exercise. The agency will consider all responses to the consultation before finalising the regulations.
Mr. Waterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of healthcare-acquired infections there were while in (a) hospital and (b) care homes in (i) Eastbourne and (ii) East Sussex in each of the last 10 years. 
The best available information is from the mandatory surveillance systems for Meticillin resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Clostridium difficile infection and Glycopeptide resistant enterococci for acute national health service trusts in England rather than individual hospitals, these commenced in April 2001, January 2004 and October 2003 respectively.
|Number of reported MRSA bloodstream infections (bacteraemias)|
|Trust||April 2001 to March 2002||April 2002 to March 2003||April 2003 to March 2004||April 2004 to March 2005||April 2005 to March 2006||April 2006 to December 2006|
|Number of reported cases of Clostridium difficile infection|
|Trust||January to December 2004||January to December 2005||January to December 2006|
|Number of reported cases of glycopeptide-resistant enterococci (GRE) bacteraemia|
|Trust||October 2003 to September 2004||October 2004 to September 2005|
Health Protection Agency
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his estimate is of the number of additional call handlers in England required to maintain 24/7 access to local health services during an influenza pandemic; what role NHS Direct will have in the event of an influenza pandemic; and if he will make a statement. 
Dawn Primarolo: Work is currently taking place to scope the additional numbers of call handlers required to support local health services. The Department is working closely with stakeholders such as NHS Direct and the Central Office of Information to test assumptions and inform estimations.
In the event of a pandemic, NHS Direct will continue to provide advice and information to non-flu patients (who will continue to require access to health care in a pandemic), and will provide key services to flu patients, in support of local services.
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 13 September 2006, Official Report, columns 2284W, on influenza pandemic, which research groups have been (a) offered and (b) taken delivery of A/H5N1 vaccine from the 3.5 million stockpile; how many vaccines have been delivered to research groups; what the current size of the remaining stockpile is; what safety data his Department has received on the A/H5N1 vaccine which contribute to the stockpile; and if he will make a statement. 
Dawn Primarolo: To date no research groups have requested any materials from the stockpile. Safety data were submitted as part of the tenders. The most common adverse reactions were soreness at the injection site and malaise. No serious reactions were reported.
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what further discussions he has held with (a) EU Health Ministers and (b) the European Commission on the subject of building an EU-wide stockpile of antivirals for use in the event of an influenza pandemic since the informal meeting of 25 and 26 April 2006. 
Dawn Primarolo: The idea of a European Union stockpile of antivirals medicines for use in the event of an influenza pandemic was discussed by Health Ministers at the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council on 2 June 2006. No consensus could be reached on the idea and in view of this the European Commission concluded that the idea should not be pursued.
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the names are of each strategic health authoritys influenza lead, as described on page 13 of the Chief Medical Officers 2006 Annual Report, On the State of Public Health. 
Linda SheridanEast of England
Hannah WallEast Midlands
Eugene MilneNorth East
Kate Ardern/Frank WhitefordNorth West
Anna TaylorSouth East Coast
Sally CasleyYorkshire and Humber
Jody JamesSouth West
Ian CaveSouth Central
Gillian SmithWest Midlands
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the scope is of the audit of NHS pandemic preparedness described on page 13 of the Chief Medical Officers 2006 Annual Report, On the State of Public Health; which (a) organisations and (b) other parties will be subject to audit; who will conduct the audit; when the decision was taken to conduct the audit; whether the results of the audit will be published; and if he will make a statement. 
Dawn Primarolo: The audit tool is specific to national health service organisations. NHS organisations will self assess their state of preparedness and will use the results to target the areas that need additional development. Strategic health authorities will use the results to work with the NHS organisations in their area. It was decided that the audit should coincide with the formal publication of the National Framework and supporting guidance.
Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the Government has spent on (a) sexual health information and (b) travel health awareness in (i) Hampshire and (ii) England since 1997. 
Information on expenditure on travel health awareness is not identified separately, but is undertaken as part of wider departmental work programmes. Work currently includes travel health awareness initiatives undertaken by the National Travel Health Network and Centre, based at the Health Protection Agency, the leaflet Travelsafe, covering HIV hepatitis C and hepatitis B and the health information for overseas travel, for general practitioners and practice nurses. The Department also produces information for travellers to Mecca as part of the Hajj campaign.
The Department is also running various summer holiday activities as part of the Condom Essential Wear campaign, and we have also funded the Terrence Higgins Trust to produce booklets on HIV prevention for gay travellers overseas.
Mr. Ivan Lewis: Information is not available in the format requested. The National Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services Mapping Exercise for 2006, asked each CAMHS team whether they carry out cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and how often they did so. They found that 642 teams used CBT on a weekly basis, 207 less than weekly and 147 teams never.
Data from the 2006 CAMHS Mapping shows that the CAMHS teams had a total of 9,796 staff. This includes child psychotherapists, doctors, nurses and other therapists and staff in both the national health service and local authority sector dedicated to caring for children and young people who have mental health problems.
Mr. Ivan Lewis: Information about the number of mental health beds available for children in the national health service in England, for each year from 1996-97 to 2005-06 is shown in the table. Data on mental health bed availability is not collected by the Department on the basis of gender.
|Average daily total childrens mental health bed numbers in the NHS in England: combined male and female|
Department of Health Hospital Activity Statistics Form KH03.
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