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Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many post mortems were held in each of the last 10 years; and how many of those followed deaths (a) in hospital, (b) in care homes and (c) under the care of a surgeon. 
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking how many post mortems were held in each of the last 10 years; and how many of those followed (a) deaths in hospital, (b) deaths in care homes and (c) deaths under the care of a surgeon. (249787)
The attached table provides the estimated number of deaths where a postmortem was carried out for the years 1998 to 2007 (the latest year available), and how many of these deaths (a) occurred in a hospital and (b) occurred in a care home.
It is not possible to provide figures for the number of deaths where a postmortem was carried out and the person was under the care of a surgeon, as this information is not recorded at death registration.
These figures should be treated with caution, as changes from year to year may reflect known issues of incomplete reporting and operational factors affecting the recording of postmortems at death registration.
|Table 1. Estimated number of deaths where a post-mortem was carried out, by place of death( 1) 1998-2007( 2)|
|(1) Care home includes private nursing homes (NHS and non-NHS), and residential homes (private and local authority). Hospital includes NHS and non-NHS hospitals, or multifunction sites. Deaths occurring in all places not defined above, including hospices and private residences, are included in the other category.|
(2) Figures are for deaths registered in each calendar year.
Helen Southworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 19 January 2009, Official Report, columns 1202-3W, on prescriptions, what reporting process for an error involving a controlled drug in a care establishment is required by the Commission for Social Care Inspection; to which individual services such reports are made; and if he will publish the reports made of such events occurring in the last 12 months. 
Phil Hope: Care homes registered with the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI) must provide a report of serious incidents to CSCI. The CSCI retains these reports in the service record and the information is used during a key inspection process when the care service star rating and inspection frequency is determined. CSCI does not inform any other agency and the content of serious incident notifications is not published.
CSCI does not receive notification if a controlled drug error was made by the general practitioner who prescribed the controlled drug or by the community pharmacist who supplied the controlled drug. When errors relating to prescribing and supply of medicines occur within the national health service, primary care trusts are encouraged to have a procedure to report the errors to the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA). But there is no current mechanism for social care services to make similar reports to NPSA about medicine administration errors.
Helen Southworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether there is a regulatory requirement for a patient to be examined before a prescription for a controlled drug is issued to that patient. 
Phil Hope: In general, a patient will be assessed by their prescriber before a prescription, including one for a controlled drug, is issued. However, there is no requirement in regulation for the patient to be examined. The decision as to whether an examination is required is a clinical one made by the prescriber.
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many rheumatology admissions to hospital there were in each year since 1997, as recorded by the Hospital Episodes Statistics database, broken down by whether the admissions were (i) ordinary and (ii) day-case. 
A finished admission episode is the first period of inpatient care under one consultant within one health care provider. Finished admission episodes are counted against the year in which the admission episode finishes. Admissions do not represent the number of inpatients, as a person may have more than one admission within the year.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many times (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have met (i) tobacco companies and (ii) representatives of and lobbyists acting on behalf of tobacco companies in the last three months. 
Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how long on average existing wheelchair users wait for a chair with different specifications in (a) Southend Hospital Trust, (b) Essex and (c) England; and if he will make a statement; 
(2) what the average waiting time for a replacement wheelchair after assessment is for existing permanent wheelchair users in (a) Southend Hospital Trust, (b) Essex and (c) England; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Hands: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills whether the Higher Education Minister received briefing from departmental officials before his television appearance on Celebrity Mastermind. 
Mr. Rob Wilson: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many people enrolled on a foundation degree course in each year since its inception; and what the drop-out rate has been in each year. 
|Table 1: Home, EU and overseas enrolments on foundation degrees English higher education institutions and further education colleges academic years 2001/02 to 2007/08|
The numbers of overseas entrants for 2005-06, 2006-07 and 2007-08 are estimated by assuming they represent the same proportion as for the other years, that is 4.6 per cent. for full-time and 5.5 per cent. for part-time. 2001-02 student numbers include some continuing students from 2000-01 which were marketed as foundation degrees but which may not have had all the attributes described in the HEFCE foundation degree prospectus.
Foundation degrees 2007/03 and Foundation degrees 2008/16 reports published by Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). Columns one plus two of HESES and HEIFES (2007-08 values are provisional).
|Table 2: Home foundation degree students by progress and institution type English higher education institutions and further education collegesyears of entry 2003/04 and 2004/05|
|Year of entry||Institution type( 1)||Progress( 2)||Number||Percentage|
|(1) Institution type refers to the institution the student is registered with.|
(2) Study in the following year includes students registered for any FE or HE study in HEIs in the UK, and students registered for any HE or FE study in FECs in England. Any study outside this coverage is not included and the students will be categorised as not studying.
Foundation degrees 2007/03 and Foundation degrees 2008/16 reports published by Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).
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