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compliance with the Departments national core standards;
Healthcare Commission in-patient survey scores; and
Ann Keen: Departmental guidance does not recommend routine screening of health care staff for either of these infections. Expert advice is that routine screening of staff is not indicated, and therefore not recommended but may be used to help control or investigate an outbreak.
Mr. Graham Stuart: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many alcohol-related emergency admissions to hospitals in the Hull and East Yorkshire hospitals NHS trust area there were in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) age and (b) sex; and if he will make a statement. 
|Count of finished admission episodes for alcohol related emergency admissions to Hull and East Yorkshire hospitals NHS trust( 1) in each year since 1997-98, broken down by age and sexnational health service hospitals England and activity performed in the independent sector in England commissioned by English NHS|
|Under 18||18 and over||Age||Sex|
|Description||Male||Female||Male||Female||Under 18||18 and over||Male||Female|
|* = For reasons of confidentiality numbers between one and five have been suppressed and shown as *.|
(1) 0n 1 October 1999 Royal Hull hospital NHS trust and East Yorkshire hospitals NHS trust merged to form the Hull and East Yorkshire hospitals NHS trust.
1. Data quality:
Hospital episode statistics (HES) are compiled from data sent by over 300 NHS trusts, and primary care trusts (PCTs) in England. Data are also received from a number of independent sector organisations for activity commissioned by the English NHS. The information centre for health and social care liaises closely with these organisations to encourage submission of complete and valid data and seeks to minimise inaccuracies and the effect of missing and invalid data via HES processes. While this brings about improvement over time, some shortcomings remain.
2. Finished admission episodes:
A finished admission episode is the first period of in-patient care under one consultant within one health care provider. Please note that admissions do not represent the number of in-patients, as a person may have more than one admission within the year.
Admission method codes used:
21 = Emergency: via accident and emergency (A and E) services, including the casualty department of the provider
22 = Emergency: via general practitioner (GP)
23 = Emergency: via bed bureau, including the central bureau
24 = Emergency: via consultant out-patient clinic
28 = Emergency: other means, including patients who arrive via the A and E department of another health care provider
3. Assessing growth through time:
HES figures are available from 1989-90 onwards. During the years that these records have been collected by the NHS there have been ongoing improvements in quality and coverage. These improvements in information submitted by the NHS have been particularly marked in the earlier years and need to be borne in mind when analysing time series.
Changes in NHS practice also need to be borne in mind when analysing time series. For example a number of procedures may now be undertaken in out-patient settings and may no longer be accounted in the HES data. This may account for any reductions in activity over time.
4. Low numbers:
Due to reasons of confidentiality, figures between one and five have been suppressed and replaced with * (an asterisk).
5. All diagnoses count of mentions:
These figures represent a count of all mentions of a diagnosis in any of the 14 diagnosis fields in the HES data set. Therefore, if a diagnosis is mentioned in more than one diagnosis field during an episode, all diagnoses are counted.
Diagnosis codes used:
F10Mental and behavioural disorders due to use of alcohol
K70Alcoholic liver disease
T51Toxic effect of Alcohol
6. Ungrossed Data:
Figures have not been adjusted for shortfalls in data (i.e. the data are ungrossed).
Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), The Information Centre for Health and Social Care
The Governments renewed alcohol strategy, Safe. Sensible. Socialthe next steps in the National Alcohol Strategy, sets out a clear path to minimise the health harms, violence and antisocial behaviour associated with alcohol, while ensuring that people are able to enjoy alcohol safely and responsibly.
The comprehensive spending review announced a Home Office Public Service Agreement target to reduce alcohol harm. It includes a new national indicator to measure change in the rate of hospital admissions for alcohol-attributable conditionsthe first ever national commitment to monitor how the NHS is tackling alcohol harms, which will operate from April 2008. In addition, the Department and Home Office jointly will launch a much expanded, £10 million public health and education campaign on alcohol in 2008, to raise general awareness of health risks and challenge tolerance of drunkenness.
Mr. Stewart Jackson:
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many newly trained junior doctors have been employed in the Peterborough and Stamford
Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in the last 12 months. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: The information is not available in the format requested. There was one doctor in their first year of the foundation programme (also known as the position of house officer, which is currently being phased out) at Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals National Health Service Foundation Trust as at 30 September 2006. This compares with 17 doctors that were still in training at the foundation trust.
The numbers of doctors that the NHS requires to be recruited each year is a matter for determination by local NHS organisations, as they are best placed to assess the health needs of their local health community.
Mr. Gale: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will define the range of conditions covered by the term learning difficulties as used in the Valuing People Now document; and if he will make a statement; 
a significantly reduced ability to understand new or complex information, to learn new skills (impaired intelligence), with;
a reduced ability to cope independently (impaired social functioning); and
which started before adulthood, with a lasting effect on development.
Learning disability does not include all those who have a specific learning difficulty, which is more broadly defined in education legislation. Valuing People Now includes people with autism who also have a learning disability.
The aspiration of Valuing People Now is to include everyone, starting from the position that we can move towards independent living, with the right support, for even those with the most complex needs. There are many examples of this, led by families who want the best for their sons and daughters.
The consultation process is being taken forward in a way that is accessible for people who do not use words and for those who have complex needs. The consultation is also involving the people who work with them, family members and close carers who understand their best interests.
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