Results 1–20 of 6088 for speaker:Miss Melanie Johnson

Written Answers — Health: Defibrillators (10 Jan 2005)

Miss Melanie Johnson: There have been a total number of 31 deployments from April—September 2004 inclusive. This includes precautionary deployments and can be broken down as follows: Six precautionary—an automatic external defibrillator was taken to the event although not used. 25 uses.

Written Answers — Health: Defibrillators (10 Jan 2005)

Miss Melanie Johnson: When an event occurs it is recorded internally by the automatic external defibrillator (AED). This information is then downloaded by the manufacturer and is forwarded to the national defibrillator team, where the event is reviewed. To accompany this, an AED event form is completed. This form captures all information relating to the event and it is completed by staff at the site where the AED...

Written Answers — Health: Defibrillators (10 Jan 2005)

Miss Melanie Johnson: There were 681 automatic external defibrillators in place within 110 sites in England by 30 September 2004.

Written Answers — Health: Ethnic Minorities (10 Jan 2005)

Miss Melanie Johnson: The Department committed to transforming the health and social care system so that it produces faster, fairer services that deliver better health and social care and tackle inequalities. Achieving sustainable improvements in health and services for black and minority ethnic people is part of the overall drive to promote equity of access to national health service services. The Department's...

Written Answers — Health: Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (10 Jan 2005)

Miss Melanie Johnson: I am informed by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority that it employed Media Strategy to (a) assist members and senior officials to prepare for the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee's inquiry into human reproductive technologies and the law and (b) provide specialist presentation skills training. The fee for this work was £5,600.

Written Answers — Health: Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (10 Jan 2005)

Miss Melanie Johnson: The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) employs consultants to provide specialist knowledge and specific advice that is not available within its existing workforce. The areas covered have included consultation on specific policy work, including advice on consultations with the public and surveys in connection with reviewing existing policies and developing new policies,...

Written Answers — Health: Milk Tokens (10 Jan 2005)

Miss Melanie Johnson: holding answer 13 December 2004 On 1 November 2004, responsibility for the distribution of milk tokens to all beneficiaries of income support and income-based job seekers allowance transferred from the Department of Work and Pensions to the Department of Health. However, technical difficulties have led to a high volume of calls to the token distribution unit, which sends out tokens on the...

Written Answers — Health: Mrsa (10 Jan 2005)

Miss Melanie Johnson: The Health Protection Agency's voluntary reporting system is the only national dataset providing information by age. Published data for children aged under one year is shown as follows. Reports of methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus blood isolates in children aged under one year Number 1999 34 2000 35 2001 39 2002 38 Source: Health Protection Agency

Written Answers — Health: Mrsa (10 Jan 2005)

Miss Melanie Johnson: Information on methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bloodstream infections (bacteraemias) is collected by National Health Service trust rather than by hospital. Northwick Park is part of North West London Hospitals NHS Trust where reports are given as follows: April to March MRSA bacteraemia reports 2001–02 59 2002–03 44 2003–04 55 The mandatory MRSA...

Written Answers — Health: Departmental Policies (11 Jan 2005)

Miss Melanie Johnson: The Government have put in place a programme of national health service investment and reform since 1997 to improve service delivery in all parts of the United Kingdom. There is significant evidence that these policies have yielded considerable benefits for the Middlesbrough, South and Cleveland, East constituency. For example: At the end of October 2004, there were no people waiting more...

Written Answers — Health: Food Labelling (11 Jan 2005)

Miss Melanie Johnson: Responsibility for food labelling rules rests with the Food Standards Agency. Neither my Department nor the Agency have discussed this particular issue with the Department for Trade and Industry. However, discussions on the broad policy of working with the food industry to reduce salt in processed foods have taken place.

Written Answers — Health: Food Supplements Directive (11 Jan 2005)

Miss Melanie Johnson: The meeting in 2001 was convened to explain the Food Standards Agency's position in relation to the food supplements directive, and the position reached in the course of the European Union negotiations. By the time of the meeting, the Food Standards Agency had secured an important amendment to the directive regarding the period allowed for derogation and for products to remain on the market,...

Written Answers — Health: Food Supplements Directive (11 Jan 2005)

Miss Melanie Johnson: The United Kingdom Government's arguments and the basis for those arguments are set out in the Written Observations to which the hon. Member refers.

Written Answers — Health: Health Protection Agency (11 Jan 2005)

Miss Melanie Johnson: Manufacturers of products submitted to the Health Protection Agency (HPA) rapid review panel are responsible for deciding whether to act on the panel's recommendation. If the manufacturer decides to undertake further work, they can resubmit the application once the work is complete. Reports are issued by the HPA for all products considered by the panel. Reports for 20 of the 25 products...

Written Answers — Health: Ovarian Cancer (11 Jan 2005)

Miss Melanie Johnson: There is currently no evidence that introducing screening for the early detection of ovarian cancer would save lives. At the moment, there is no screening test reliable enough to be used in women with no symptoms. Currently the United Kingdom Collaborative Trial of Ovarian Cancer Screening (UKCTOCS) trial is investigating whether screening using CA125 blood test or ultrasound detection will...

Written Answers — Health: Salt (11 Jan 2005)

Miss Melanie Johnson: The Department and the Food Standards Agency are working together with all parts of the food industry, including retailers and manufacturers, to reduce the salt levels of processed foods. The aim is to reduce average population intakes of salt to six grams per person day by 2010.

Written Answers — Health: School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme (11 Jan 2005)

Miss Melanie Johnson: In 2000–01 and 2001–02, the lottery-funded New Opportunities Fund (NOF) provided £16 million towards the original pilots and in 2002–03 and 2003–04 NOF supported a scaling-up of the original pilots across five Government regions with £42 million. The Department spent £0.75 million in 2001–02 and £0.3 million in 2002–03 on administering and evaluating the national school fruit...

Written Answers — Health: School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme (11 Jan 2005)

Miss Melanie Johnson: The "Choosing Health" White Paper set out the Government's strategy for achieving long-term improvements in the health and diet of the population. The school fruit and vegetable scheme has a key role to play in instilling good eating habits in young people and is contributing towards the obesity public service agreement to: "halt the year-on-year rise in obesity among children under 11 by...

Written Answers — Health: Food Standards Agency (12 Jan 2005)

Miss Melanie Johnson: The Food Standards Agency works to the financial year. For the year commencing 1 April 2002 and ending on 31 March 2003, £503,958 was spent on information leaflets. For 2003–04, £193,219 was spent and for 2004–05 to date, £96,879.

Written Answers — Health: Green Spaces (12 Jan 2005)

Miss Melanie Johnson: Both I and departmental officials meet regularly with colleagues from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) to discuss a range of issues. Both Departments are members of the activity co-ordination team (ACT), which I chair jointly with my right hon. Friend the Minister for Sport (Richard Caborn). ACT is co-ordinating...


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