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Infectious Diseases

Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to revise the 2002 infectious disease strategy, with particular reference to national health and vaccination priorities. [223726]


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Dawn Primarolo: In 2002, the chief medical officer published his report: “Getting Ahead of the Curve: a strategy for combating infectious diseases (including other aspects of health protection)”.

This set out steps towards improving the protection of the health of the population of England. We have no plans to revise this document which has been placed in the Library. The key measure proposed in the document was the creation of a Health Infection Control and Health Protection Agency. The Health Protection Agency (HPA) was constituted accordingly under the Health Protection Agency Act 2004. The HPA now provides strong science-based support to the NHS, local government and others on all matters relating to infectious disease, radiation, chemical contamination, and other hazards.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation provides independent expert advice on vaccination issues. Since ‘Getting Ahead of the Curve’ was published, we have introduced pneumococcal vaccination for children, human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination for girls and young women, and have switched from oral polio vaccines to an inactivated polio vaccine.

Injuries: Firearms

Mr. Hepburn: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people aged (a) under 16, (b) between 16 and 18 and (c) over 18 years were admitted to hospital with gunshot wounds in (i) Jarrow constituency, (ii) South Tyneside, (iii) the North East and (iv) England in each year since 1997. [223910]

Mr. Bradshaw: The available information is in the following tables. Information is collected on the number of finished admission episodes to hospital. A finished admission episode is the first period of in-patient care
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under one consultant within one healthcare provider. Admissions do not represent the number of in-patients, as a person may have more than one admission within the year.

Information has been included on total number of admissions and admissions per 100,000 for gunshot wounds for years 1996-97 - 2006-07. Where possible this information has been broken down by age.

Due to the small number and for reasons of confidentiality, figures between one and five have been suppressed and replaced in the attached table with an asterisk. We are unable to provide this information for South Tyneside PCT broken down by age because of the small numbers involved. It is not possible to provide information for the Jarrow constituency as information is not collected for this geographical area.

Reference should be made to the footnotes and clinical codes when interpreting the data.

Total number of admissions for stab wounds* and gunshot wounds** for years 1996-07 — 2006-07, broken down by age for south Tyneside PCT, North Eats SHA and England
South Tyneside PCT Gunshot wounds Stab wounds

2006-07

*

34

2005-06

*

39

2004-05

*

49

2003-04

*

58

2002-03

0

43

2001-02

8

41

2000-01

11

37

1999-2000

7

32

1998-99

*

34

1997-98

*

31


Gunshot wounds Stab wounds
North East Under 16 16-18 Over 18 Unknown Total Under 16 16-18 Over 18 Unknown Total

2006-07

14

11

46

0

71

37

65

619

0

721

2005-06

11

10

29

0

50

25

76

661

0

762

2004-05

15

9

29

0

53

45

75

693

0

813

2003-04

10

10

40

0

60

36

68

664

0

768

2002-03

22

15

32

0

69

36

65

601

0

702

2001-02

27

18

39

0

84

37

67

643

0

747

2000-01

38

18

24

0

80

37

53

533

0

623

1999-20000

19

15

43

0

77

33

58

541

0

632

1998-99

33

19

34

0

86

27

50

480

0

558

1997-98

25

13

34

0

72

31

54

420

505


Gunshot wounds Stab wounds
England Under 16 16-18 Over 18 Unknown Total Under 16 16-18 Over 18 Unknown Total

2006-07

181

208

925

1

1,315

495

1,122

9,384

3

11,004

2005-06

155

185

892

1

1,233

512

1,076

9,224

5

10,817

2004-05

199

175

788

1

1,163

474

911

8,623

3

10,011

2003-04

267

180

921

2

1,370

422

859

8,402

12

9,695

2002-03

253

209

824

1

1,287

443

779

7,852

6

9,309

2001-02

321

206

890

3

1,420

479

848

7.916

66

8,856

2000-01

287

192

641

2

1,122

463

779

7,596

18

8,856

1999-20000

362

189

618

1

1,170

438

784

7,340

25

8,587

1998-99

279

158

548

2

987

386

676

6,586

21

7,669

1997-98

260

146

579

9

994

389

701

6,397

118

7,605


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