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Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many free influenza vaccines are available for use; how many will be available for use by (a) November and (b) December 2007 in each London (i) constituency and (ii) primary care trust area; and if he will make a statement. 
Dawn Primarolo: The information requested on the amounts of vaccine ordered within London is not held centrally in the Department. Sixteen million doses of influenza vaccine have been manufactured for the United Kingdom market this season, of which just under 14 million have already been distributed. The remainder of the vaccine will be delivered during November, or when it is requested by general practitioners.
Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many pensioners received a free influenza vaccine in each (a) London constituency and (b) London primary care trust area in each year since 1997; what percentage each figure represents of those eligible in each year; and if he will make a statement. 
Dawn Primarolo: The information is not held in the format requested. Flu vaccine uptake data were collected for the first time on those aged 65 and over from 2000. Data is not collected by constituency.
Mr. Spellar: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for North Norfolk (Norman Lamb) of 19 October 2007, Official Report, column 1392W, on Maidstone NHS Trust: managers, what legal advice his Department has received on the severance payment to the former Chief Executive of the Maidstone NHS Trust. 
Mr. Bradshaw: Latest data taken from the Health Survey for England 2005, shows that in England, in 2005, 1.5 per cent. of males and 1.7 per cent. of females aged 16 and over were classified as being underweight, Body Mass Index of under 18.5. This information can also be found in the Health Survey for Englandupdating of trend tables to include 2005 data, a copy has been placed in the Library and is also available at: www.ic.nhs.uk/pubs/hse05trends.
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people (a) were admitted to and (b) discharged from hospital with a primary or secondary diagnosis of (i) malnutrition and (ii) nutritional anaemias in each year since 1997-98. 
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library the evidence supporting his Statement of 15 October 2007, Official Report, column 569, that between 30 and 40 babies lives per year would be saved by the reconfiguration of maternity services in Greater Manchester. 
Ann Keen: The quote referred to during the statement on 15 October 2007 was made by a Consultant Neonatologist and Lead Clinician for the Greater Manchester Neonatal Network and was included in press releases by both the North West Strategic Health Authority and the Ashton, Wigan and Leigh Primary Care Trust on 24 August 2007 following the announcement of the decision on the Making It Better and Healthy Futures consultations. A copy of both press releases has been placed in the Library.
Mr. Ivan Lewis: No formal assessment has been made of the extent to which the voluntary sector is involved in mental health treatment. However, the 2006 Count Me In census showed that 11 per cent. of all mental health in-patients were receiving services from independent providers, which includes both voluntary and private sectors.
introduction of mandatory MRSA surveillance: (April 2001, enhanced in October 2005);
Winning Ways, (December 2003), which provided a focus for the local national health service on actions that would curb proliferation of antibiotic resistant organisms;
Towards Cleaner Hospitals, (July 2004), which summarised effective initiatives and set out an action plan requiring trusts to publish infection rates;
launch of the national MRSA target, in November 2004, to reduce the number of bloodstream infections by half, by April 2008;
the National Patient Agencys Cleanyourhands campaign (September 2004);
establishing the Departments MRSA/Cleaner Hospitals programme Team (2005), in order to deliver the target and to improve confidence that services are clean and safe;
introduction of an expert improvement team to offer targeted support to trusts facing challenges with MRSA rates, (the team will double in size this year);
the Saving Lives, toolkit approach to best practice guidance for reducing MRSA, (June 2005; revised and re-issued June 2007);
Health Act 2006 Code of Practice on the Prevention and Control of Healthcare Associated Infections (October 2006);
MRSA screening guidance, (November 2006);
£50 million made available this year, for strategic health authorities Directors of Nursing to spend on tackling all health care associated infections;
the Better Care for All PSA Delivery Agreement, sets a targets for the period to 2010-11, to keep MRSA bloodstream infections below half the numbers in 2003-04; and
recent announcements (September 2007) about; increased use isolation facilities, introduction of a bare below the elbows dress code, and matrons/clinicians reporting infection control issues to trust boards on a quarterly basis, a new legal requirement being placed on chief executives to report all MRSA bacteraemias to the Health Protection Agency, and every hospital undertaking a deep clean as part of a wider drive for a culture of cleanliness.
In addition, we will progress initiatives stemming from the NHS Next Stage Review relating to; tough powers for the new health and adult social care regulator, annual infection control inspections for acute trusts, MRSA screening for all elective admissions next year and for all emergency admissions as soon as practicable in next three years, potential use of rewards and penalties within the commissioning process, and the empowerment of matrons/local staff to report hygiene concerns to the new regulator.
Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many midwives were employed in each London primary care trust in each year since 1997; how many vacancies for midwives there were in each trust in each year; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Bradshaw: The information on the number of midwives employed in each London Primary Care Trust is not held in the format requested. The following tables provide the number of qualified nurses, midwifery and health visiting staff employed in all London national health service organisations since 1997.
Furthermore, vacancy data have only been collected since 1999. The available information has been placed in the Library and shows the number of midwife vacancies and the number of midwifes employed at all London NHS organisations since 1999.
1. Birth registrations 1997 to 2006 as at 31 December each specified year.
2. More accurate validation processes in 2006 have resulted in the identification and removal of 9,858 duplicate non-medical staff records out of the total work force figure of 1.3 million in 2006. Earlier years figures could not be accurately validated in this way and so will be slightly inflated. The level of inflation in earlier years figures is estimated to be less than 1 per cent. of total across all non-medical staff groups for headcount figures (and negligible for full-time equivalents). This should be taken into consideration when analysing trends over time.
3. SHA totals 1997 to 2005 have been calculated using previous health authority (HA)/SHA configurations. HAs were reconfigured to become the 28 SHAs in 2002 and were subsequently reconfigured in to 10 SHAs in 2006. Due to overlaps in the HA/SHA
reconfigurations, parts of West Pennine HA and North Derbyshire HA were split over Trent SHA and Greater Manchester SHA. These figures were included in the Trent SHA total to give the figure for the new East Midlands SHA.
1. The Information for health and social care Non-Medical Workforce Census.
2. Office for National Statistics Birth Registrations 1997 to 2006.
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