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Gillian Merron: As humans may be infected by E. coli O157 through a variety of routes there are several different Government Departments that contribute to reducing the chances of an outbreak. Humans may become infected when they consume contaminated food or water, by direct or indirect contact with animals that carry E. coli O157 or from exposure to an environment contaminated with animals' faeces, such as farms and similar premises with animals which are open to the public.
The costs of reducing the chances of both foodborne and non-foodborne E. coli O157 outbreaks are contained within the core budgets of the Department of Health, Food Standards Agency (FSA) and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and are not separately identifiable. For example, the FSA does not collect data on the amount of spend that can be assigned to E. coli official controls in isolation from other official controls on the microbiological safety of food. In addition to core funding, both DEFRA and the FSA fund research to enhance our understanding of human infection caused by E. coli O157.
Andrew Gwynne: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many GPs were practising in Denton and Reddish constituency in (i) 1997 and (ii) the most recent year for which figures are available. 
Mr. Mike O'Brien: The data requested are not available in the format required. However, information on the number of general practitioners (GPs) (excluding retainers and registrars) between 2002-09 at Stockport Primary Care Trust (PCT) and Tameside and Glossop PCT is shown in the following table:
1. GP data are not available at constituency level. Denton and Reddish constituency is contained within and serviced by Stockport PCT and Tameside and Glossop PCT.
2. Prior to 2002, PCTs did not exist. It is not possible to map these organisations back prior to 2002 with any degree of accuracy.
3. Data as at 30 September for each year.
4. The Information Centre for health and social care seeks to minimise inaccuracies and the effect of missing and invalid data but responsibility for data accuracy lies with the organisations providing the data. Methods are continually being updated to improve data quality where changes impact on figures already published. This is assessed but unless it is significant at national level figures are not changed. Impact at detailed or local level is footnoted in relevant analyses.
Information Centre for health and social care - General and Personal Medical Services Statistics.
Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the oral answer to the hon. Member for Isle of Wight on 4 November 2009. what steps have been taken to ensure that local health authorities are reimbursed for the additional costs of guarding prisoners who require health care outside prison. 
Responsibility for commissioning health services in publicly run prisons in England has been fully devolved to NHS PCTs since 2006, with significantly increased funding. Subsequently, the responsibility and funding for escorts and bedwatch costs transferred from HM Prison Service to PCTs in April 2008.
This decision followed the outcome of a 12-month audit of prison health care escorts and bedwatches activity in all prisons in England and Wales, and a pilot in 10 prisons of options for future funding and management of escorts and bedwatches.
Escorts and bedwatches costs are determined by a fixed tariff previously agreed by HM Prison Service and the NHS. Baseline funding is provided for within the
NHS bundle, which is the Department's mechanism for the distribution of core funding to strategic health authorities.
Mr. Paterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients have contracted (a) MRSA and (b) other hospital-acquired infections in NHS hospitals in Shropshire in the last five years. 
Ann Keen: Information on all healthcare associated infections (HCAIs) is not collected centrally. The mandatory surveillance system collects data on the following from acute trusts only: methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteraemias; Clostridium difficile infections (CDIs); glycopeptide-resistant enterococci bacteraemias (GREs); and selected orthopaedic surgical site infections (SSIs).
Information on MRSA, for the time period requested, is shown in the following table. All cases of MRSA bacteraemia are reported, meaning that the reports include infections both acquired in hospital and elsewhere.
Data include infections, which may have been acquired in the community.
Total number of reports given; figures in parentheses are 'Trust apportioned' cases (presumed to be hospital acquired).
From 2007-08, CDI cases in those aged two or over were reported, plus those presumed to be hospital acquired (trust apportioned) were identified. This information for the time period requested, is shown in the following table
The figures presented are 'Trust apportioned', referring to infections that are presumed to be hospital acquired.
|(1) Data from 1 October to 30 September. The trusts did not submit data for 2007-08, and 2008-09 data are not yet published.|
Information on SSIs, from 2004-09, is available on the HPA's website at:
Ms Abbott: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients of each ethnicity there were in (a) Arnold Lodge, (b) Ashworth Hospital, (c) Auckland Park Hospital, (d) Barnsley Hall Hospital, (e) Barnwood House Hospital, (f) Bedford Lunatic Asylum, (g) Bethlem Royal Hospital, (h) Bootham Park Hospital, (i) Broadmoor Hospital, (j) Brookwood Hospital, (k) Bushey Fields Hospital, (l) Central Hospital, Hatton, (m) Cheadle Royal Hospital, (n) Colney Hatch Lunatic Asylum, (o) Earls House Hospital, (p) Epsom Cluster, (q) Fairfield Hospital (Arlesey), (r) Fulbourn Hospital, (s) Haleacre Unit, (t) Hampshire County Lunatic Asylum, (u) Hanwell Asylum, (v) Hellingly Hospital, (w) Holloway Sanatorium, (x) Leavesden Mental Hospital, (y) Long Grove Hospital, (z) Longview Psychiatric Unit, (aa) Loring Hall, (bb) Manchester Royal Lunatic Asylum, (cc) Mary Dendy Hospital, (dd) Maudsley Hospital, (ee) Michael Rutter Centre for Children and Adolescents, (ff) Napsbury, (gg) Northfield Hospital, (hh) Northgate Hospital, (ii) Oakwood Hospital, (jj) Park Prewett, (kk) Powick Hospital, (ll) Rampton Secure Hospital, (mm) The Retreat, (nn) Royal Earlswood Hospital, (oo) St. Andrew's Hospital, (pp) St. Ann's Hospital, (qq) St. Ann's Hospital (Dorset), (rr) St. Crispins Hospital, (ss) St. Luke's Hospital (Middlesbrough), (tt) St. Michael's Hospital (Warwick), (uu) Severalls Hospital, (vv) Springfield Hospital, (ww) Stone House Hospital, (xx) Tindal Centre, (yy) Warlingham Park Hospital, (zz) Warneford Hospital, (aaa) West London Mental Health NHS Trust, (bbb) West Park Asylum and (ccc) Winterton Hospital as at 1 March 2010. 
Phil Hope: This information is not held centrally. National Information about the ethnicity of mental health in-patients is collected and published by the Care Quality Commission through its Count Me In census programme.
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department has taken to ensure the effectiveness of tuberculosis screening programmes of incoming visitors at (a) Heathrow and (b) Gatwick airports; 
(3) how much his Department has spent on the provision of (a) x-ray equipment for tuberculosis screening at UK airports and (b) salaries of staff conducting such screening in each year since 2004. 
Gillian Merron: The Department has provided capital funding of £8 million for the Health Protection Agency (HPA) to install new digital x-ray machines at Gatwick and Heathrow to replace the old ones in a phased programme across 2008-09. These have been installed and are fully functioning.
Medical inspectors are employed at two airports (Gatwick and Heathrow) for the purposes of tuberculosis (TB) screening. At Heathrow there are currently 4.8 permanent whole-time equivalent (WTE) plus locum staff (approximately 1.5 further WTE). At Gatwick, there are two WTE plus one WTE locum staff. At other airports, the medical inspection function is fulfilled on a part-time contract basis.
Funding for medical inspection function since 2004 has been provided by primary care trusts and the HPA under various local arrangements, some in partnership with local authorities. Details of such funding, and staff deployment, are not collected centrally.
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