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Results 1–20 of 12000 for speaker:Miss Melanie Johnson OR speaker:Miss Melanie Johnson

Written Answers — Health: Choosing Health" (7 Apr 2005)

Miss Melanie Johnson: A number of guidance topics were referred to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) on 5 April 2005, including topics in support of public health interventions and programmes pursuant to the aims of Choosing health—Making healthier choices easier". This referral included six public health guidance topics: An assessment of four commonly used methods to increase...

Written Answers — Health: Abortion (Essex) (7 Apr 2005)

Miss Melanie Johnson: Data is not available in the format requested. The National Statistician has been asked to provide the Department and the new health and social care information centre with guidelines for interpreting the national statistics code of practice and associated protocols in the handling of health statistics across the health community which balance data confidentiality risks with the public...

Written Answers — Health: Food Standards Directive (7 Apr 2005)

Miss Melanie Johnson: holding answer 21 March 2005 The United Kingdom will grant a derogation in accordance with the food supplements directive 2002/46/EC for the continued use of sources of the vitamins and minerals listed in the Directive, where dossiers have been either been submitted to the UK or to another member state, pending a positive opinion from the European Food Safety Authority. The Food Standards...

Written Answers — Health: Food Supplements Directive (7 Apr 2005)

Miss Melanie Johnson: The Food Supplements Directive was agreed in 2002. The European Commission would need to bring forward new proposals in order for amendments to be made to the Directive.

Written Answers — Health: Health Direct (7 Apr 2005)

Miss Melanie Johnson: Health Direct will be set up starting from 2007. A scoping study will be undertaken during 2005 to establish the customer requirements and service definition for the Health Direct service. Set up and running costs for the service will be established during the subsequent procurement phase, which we expect to complete by the end of 2006.

Written Answers — Health: Health Expenditure (7 Apr 2005)

Miss Melanie Johnson: Smoking costs the national health service between £1.4 billion and £1.7 billion a year in England, as set out in the White Paper, Choosing Health 1 . 1 Buck D et al—University of York Centre for Health Economics. Cost effectiveness of smoking cessation interventions: Health Education Authority 1997. The interim analytical report prepared by the strategy unit to support the production of...

Written Answers — Health: Health White Paper (7 Apr 2005)

Miss Melanie Johnson: Healthy Start will replace the existing welfare food scheme and will be phased in from summer 2005. We expect that Healthy Start expenditure should continue at a similar level to the welfare food scheme. The budget is demand-led and current expenditure is approximately £140 million per annum. A draft regulatory impact assessment (RIA), which includes breakdowns of the expected costs of...

Written Answers — Health: Hospital Acquired Infections (7 Apr 2005)

Miss Melanie Johnson: The Department of Health asked the Office for National Statistics and the Health Protection Agency (HPA) to undertake jointly a confidential, qualitative study on a proportion of deaths which may be associated with healthcare associated infection. This study requires the collection and analysis of detailed information that is not collected routinely. This study will develop new methodologies...

Written Answers — Health: Hospital-Acquired Infections (7 Apr 2005)

Miss Melanie Johnson: Cumulative data from the Health Protection Agency's (HPA) voluntary reporting scheme for surgical site infection are published annually. The following table covers the period October 1997 to December 2003. Rate of surgical site infection (SSI) by category of surgical procedure: October 1997 to December 2003 Surgical procedure Rate of SSI 95 per cent. confidence limit lower-upper ...

Written Answers — Health: Influenza Pandemic Plan (7 Apr 2005)

Miss Melanie Johnson: If supplies of pandemic influenza vaccine are limited, its use would be prioritised as outlined in the pandemic influenza contingency plan. However, if sufficient supplies were available, it would be offered to all eligible individuals.

Written Answers — Health: Joint Committee on Vaccinations and Immunisations (7 Apr 2005)

Miss Melanie Johnson: It is a matter for clinical governance on how Joint Committee on vaccinations and immunisations recommendations are implemented.

Written Answers — Health: Meat Hygiene Service (7 Apr 2005)

Miss Melanie Johnson: The Meat Hygiene Service (MHS) carries out important and valuable work in licensed meat establishments to protect public health, animal health and animal welfare. I have been advised by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) that the MHS is facing a number of significant changes. These include enforcement arrangements for new European Union food hygiene regulations, which come into force in January...

Written Answers — Health: Nurses (7 Apr 2005)

Miss Melanie Johnson: The table shows expenditure by the West Yorkshire Metropolitan Ambulance Service National Health Service Trust (WYMAS) on NHS qualified nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff and non NHS nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff, for the years 2001–02 to 2003–04. (£) Qualified NHS nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff Non-NHS nursing, midwifery and health visiting...

Written Answers — Health: Out-of-hours Services (Northumberland) (7 Apr 2005)

Miss Melanie Johnson: The review of urgent care services across Northumberland was carried out by Northumberland Care Trust and Northumbria Healthcare National Health Service Trust. The outcome was shared with Northumberland, Tyne and Wear strategic health authority (SHA), which will continue to work with the local NHS to ensure that the action plan is fully implemented. The findings of the review have already...

Written Answers — Health: Passive Smoking (7 Apr 2005)

Miss Melanie Johnson: We are continuing to act to inform and educate the public about the harmful effects of exposure to secondhand smoke. The hard-hitting television campaign depicting the dangers of smoking around babies and children has received advertising industry awards for effectiveness. Details of the effectiveness of Government campaigns on the dangers of smoking are in the British Market Research Bureau...

Written Answers — Health: Pharmaceutical Companies (7 Apr 2005)

Miss Melanie Johnson: In the context of the United Kingdom Clinical Research Collaboration, pharmaceutical industry representatives and others have drawn attention to inconsistent local administrative requirements of national health service organisations that can delay clinical research. The UK Clinical Research Collaboration includes a work stream on regulatory and governance issues through which the Department...

Written Answers — Health: Targets (7 Apr 2005)

Miss Melanie Johnson: The proportion of drug users successfully sustaining or completing treatment programmes fell from 59 per cent. In 2001–02 1 to 57 per cent. In 2002–03 1 , rising to 72 per cent. in 2003–04 2 . 1 Figures for 2001–02 and 2002–03 are provisional. 2 In 2003–04, the methodology used for counting the numbers in drug treatment in England was revised to reflect numbers in treatment more...

Written Answers — Health: Tattoos (7 Apr 2005)

Miss Melanie Johnson: The European Commission division responsible for Consumer Affairs, Health and Consumer Protection (DG SANCO) has been collecting information on the safety of tattoos and body piercing and related practices via its Joint Research Centre (Institute for Health and Consumer Protection, Physical and Chemical Exposure Unit) to establish whether there is a need for specific EU legislation in this...

Written Answers — Health: Tea Tree Oil (7 Apr 2005)

Miss Melanie Johnson: holding answer 4 April 2005 The major risk identified from the use of consumer products containing tea tree oil comes from the sensitising potential of concentrated (greater than 2 per cent.) solutions, particularly if the product has been exposed to oxygen, sunlight or higher temperatures. However, the European Scientific Committee on consumer products has advised that the data available...

Written Answers — Health: University Hospital, North Durham (7 Apr 2005)

Miss Melanie Johnson: Information on the average costs of scans at individual trusts is not held centrally. The national average cost of an magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan in direct access, where a general practitioner refers a patient directly to a trust for treatment, for the 2003–04 financial year was £309.63. Source: National schedule of Reference costs Appendix 1 relating to financial year 2003–04.


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