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Infection Control

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to include a hospital's compliance with its infection control policy within the Commission for Health Improvement inspection programme. [24668]

Yvette Cooper [holding answer 8 January 2002]: We have asked the Commission for Health Improvement to independently review and monitor the uptake of national controls assurance standards for Hospital Acquired Infection during their routine reviews of an organisation's systems and processes for monitoring and improving services.

Medical Services

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were working in (a) endoscopy, (b) therapy radiography, (c) breast screening, (d) cytoscreening and (e) histopathology in each of the past five years. [27248]

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Mr. Hutton: Information is not collected centrally on the number of staff performing endoscopy. A range of staff (surgeons, physicians and nurses) may carry out the procedure, depending on how and where the patients present.

The number of qualified therapy radiography staff is shown in the table.

Information is not collected centrally on the number of staff who carry out breast screening. Figures are provided for the number of qualified diagnostic radiography staff, some of whom perform breast screening as part of their job.

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Cytoscreeners are medical laboratory scientific officers (MLSOs) or medical laboratory assistants (MLAs) possessing a suitable certificate in cervical cytology. It is not possible to disaggregrate them from other staff collected within the pathology grouping in the non-medical workforce census. In the table MLA cytoscreeners are included within total unqualified staff working in pathology. MLSO cytoscreeners are included within qualified staff working in pathology.

The number of hospital medical staff within the histopathology area of work is shown in the table.

NHS hospital and community health services (HCHS): Qualified scientific, therapeutic and technical staff within the specified areas of work and hospital medical staff within the histopathology(19) area of work as at 30 September each year

Radiography (diagnostic)10,26010,36010,64010,84011,040
Radiography (therapeutic)1,3101,4101,4701,4901,450
All Healthcare Scientist Pathology staff23,32023,00023,17091024,240
of which:
Medical staff working in Histopathology9409401,0301,0801,160

(19) In years 1996 to 1998 this specialty was titled Morbid Anatomy and Histopathology


Figures are rounded to the nearest 10


Department of Health non-medical workforce census

Department of Health medical and dental workforce census

Healthy Workplace Initiative

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) companies, (b) voluntary organisations and (c) public sector organisations based in the Buckingham constituency have signed up to the Healthy Workplace Initiative; what information they have received, and at what cost to public funds. [27781]

Ms Blears: Nationally to date approximately 30,000 small and medium size enterprises have "signed up" to the Healthy Workplace Initiative. Members receive a free newsletter four times a year and join the national on-line community at, which provides access to information and support on occupational health. In addition, several regions have set up local networks of businesses to share information and experiences. The total cost of the initiative from its launch in 1999 to date has been approximately £1.4 million. Registrations to the database are not sorted by parliamentary constituency so isolating membership figures for Buckingham would involve disproportionate costs.

Community Pharmacists

Mr. Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will provide additional support to community pharmacists. [28304]

Ms Blears: I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave my hon. Friend the Member for Stoke-on-Trent, North (Ms Walley) on 24 January 2002, Official Report, column 1079W.

Environmental Appraisals

Mr. Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what procedures his Department has to ensure environmental appraisals are undertaken prior to (a) administrative and (b) policy decisions being made; [29025]

Yvette Cooper: Departmental guidance on environmental policy appraisal (including a screening tool) is available to all staff on the department's intranet. This is linked to the Cabinet Office policy maker's checklist. In raising staff awareness of sustainable development attention has been drawn to the importance of carrying out environmental policy appraisals. This has also been drawn to the attention of agencies and arm's length bodies.

The Department is assisting the Cabinet Office in developing an integrated appraisal tool. This is a good practice tool designed to assess the impact—including environmental impacts—of policy proposals.

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The civil service college course on "Environmental Appraisal and Integration into Policy" has been advertised widely in the Department and one person has attended the course. There are a number of bodies that provide environmental training and staff will choose a course that best meets their overall needs.

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Stolen Equipment

Mr. Menzies Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what equipment has been stolen from his Department since 1 May 1997; and what the approximate value of each item was. [26833]

Ms Blears [holding answer 22 January 2002]: The information requested is shown in the table.

Item(s)Number of itemsTotal loss (£)
Losses and thefts 1997–98
NEC Vodaphone mobile phone125.85
SNI Pentium CPU only1880.00
NEC P3 mobile phone116.30
NOKIA 232 mobile phone package196.88
HP870 colour printer10.00
Ericsson EH237 mobile phone10.00
BT Jade mobile phone10.00
BT Response 50 ansaphone156.22
SNI PC-4Nd laptop11,488.73
SNI PCD-AT Tower PC11,151.50
Laserjet 4 toner cartridge179.54
SNI PCD-4ND laptop11,488.73
HPL4 printer1415.95
BT Response ansaphone156.22
Motorola Mobile, spare battery, carrycase392.26
Intercity pager1252.63
BT Jade mobile phone10.00
PSION series 3C Organiser 2MB and leather case and travel modem for 3C3624.89
Ericsson Hotline mobile phone122.00
Siemens Nixdorf PCD 4NE laptop11,488.73
Access VBA for Office 97 reference manual1622.75
PC Anywhere version 7.5 user guide1108,04
Desktop calculator115.00
Toshiba palmtop portable PC and lead11,880.00
Compaq Armada 1520 laptop11,488.73
Toshiba Satellite-pro Laptop, disk extension and SecureNet key31,638.73
Compaq Armada 1520 laptop11,488.73
Compaq Laptop11,488.73
Nokia mobile phone10.00
Compaq Armada notebook computer10.00
SNI 4ND 486/DX2 50 20 with 20 MB RAM and Xircon network adapter23,000.00
RAM 32 MB from a PC2175.00
RAM 16 MB from a PC193.00
Compaq contura laptop, mobile phone and a charger unit30.00
Toshiba laptop11,500.00
BT charge card10.00
SNI 4NC laptop, with REMS kit, Xircom adapter, SNKey and carrying case42,606.15
BT Response 50 ansaphone150.00
MS mouse127.00
Compaq laptop13,777.00
Compaq Armada laptop12,105.60
Compaq Armada laptop12,105.60
Compaq Armada 4131T, 1120T, Ethernet card and modem45,640.00
Motorola mobile phone164.63
Compaq Armada 1120 laptop11,521.63
Compaq Armada 1120 and Compaq Armada 7750 laptops23,500.00
Microsoft mouse127.00
Total for 1997–986544,648.48
Losses and thefts 1998–99
Iomega zip drive190.00
Compaq Armada portable PC11,521.63
Compaq Armada 1520 Laptop, PCMCIA card, SNK key, mobile phone and battery52,395.30
HiNote 2000 digital laptop14,995.00
Psion 3 organiser1350.00
Motherboard, P233 MHZ processor 3.2 GB Harddisk, and 64 MB RAM41,500.00
Siemens Nixdorf laptop11,521.63
Siemens Nixdorf Scenic notepad, 486 PC11,521.63
Hard disk and two 16MB RAM from a PC3328.00
Siemens Nixdorf 486SX laptop10.00
Motorola D460 mobile phone16.00
Nokia 2110 mobile phone10.00
Mobile phone17.05
Mobile phone122.71
SNI 486 laptop11,656.75
SNI 4ND laptop and modem21,829.73
Nokia 5110 mobile phone16.00
Compaq Armada 1560 laptop10.00
Psion 3a series personal organiser1386.58
Nokia mobile phone17.05
NEC digital phone1156.66
SNI PCD 4ND laptop11,656.75
Nokia 232 mobile phone16.00
SNI PCD 4ND laptop11,656.75
Compaq Armada 1592DT laptops47,000.00
Compaq Armada 1592DT laptops and TDK V34 GSM modem21,841.23
Siemens Nixdorf colour notebook11,694.35
Nokia 2110 mobile phone17.05
Compaq V70 monitor2600.00
Multitech MULMT5600ZZDX 56k modem1100.00
Compaq Armada 1560 laptop11,468.75
Compaq laptop11,468.75
Compaq Contura 4/2511,468.75
Nokia 8110 mobile phone174.32
Laptop computer11,468.75
Compaq Armada 1700 laptop11,620.00
Mapinfo software11,866.00
Nokia 5110 mobile phone17.05
Compaq Armada laptop and modem21,641.48
Nokia mobile phone17.05
Total for 1998–995744,204.75
Losses and thefts 1999–2000
Compaq Armada 1560 laptop10.00
Psion 3C organiser and Nokia 5110 mobile phone2257.05
Toshiba 100CT Liberato palmtop, bag, battery and PCMCIA modem42,000.00
Panasonic AG450 camcorder and panasonic F15/8 camera23,400.00
Compaq Armada laptop12,056.25
Nokia mobile phone17.05
Compaq laptop11,956.38
Nokia mobile phone17,05
Compaq Armada 1700 laptop10.00
Nokia mobile phone17.05
Compaq 1560 laptop11,956.38
Nokia mobile phone17.05
Compaq laptop11,956.38
Compaq laptop11,956.38
Compaq laptop11,948.00
400 mhz Pentium processor1250.00
Nokia 5110 mobile phone17.05
Compaq Armada laptop10.00
Toshiba Tecra 8000CDT laptop and HP 340C printer20.00
Compaq Armada 1700 laptop12,113.68
BT charge card10.00
Nokia 8110 mobile phone17.05
Charger for a Nokia phone124.51
BT Response 85 digital answering machine155.00
Compaq Armada R4883 laptop12,113.68
Compaq Armada 1120 laptop11,948.00
Compaq Armada 1120 laptop11,948.00
Charger for a Nokia phone132.09
Charger for a Nokia phone132.09
Compaq Armada 1560 laptop12,113.68
Compaq Armada 1750 laptop12,113.83
Compaq Armada 1750 laptop11,948.15
Compaq Armada 1120 laptop11,948.15
Compaq Armada 1120 laptop12,100.00
16Mb DIMM124.00
Compaq laptop12,193.41
Compaq Armada 1560 laptop11,880.00
Total for 1999–20004440,432.02
Losses and thefts 2000–01
Maltron dual handed keyboard1411.25
Compaq Armada 170011,948.15
Nokia 5100 mobile phone17.05
Nokia 5110 mobile phone17.05
Compaq Armada 170012,395.13
Nokia mobile phone17.05
Nokia 5110 mobile phone1180.95
Nokia 5110 mobile phone17.05
Nokia 5110 mobile phone17.05
Compaq Armada 1560 laptop12,702.50
Compaq Armada 1560 laptop12,395.06
Dell Latitude Cpt500S laptops24,460.00
Epson 5500 projector13,744.00
Vodaphone phone and motorola pager2433.48
Nokia 5110 mobile phone1180.95
Compaq Armada M700 laptop10.00
Nokia mobile phone17.05
Compaq Armada M700 laptops and 32 Speed Ext. CD-ROM drive34,055.00
Toshiba Tecra 8000CDT laptop10.00
Compaq Armada M700 laptop12,200.00
Compaq laptop with ROIS12,378.85
Compaq DeskPro EN 6600 P111 and 56k fax modem2844.83
Compaq Armada M700 laptops2440.00
Compaq Armada 1560 laptop12,300.00
Sony laptop12,394.65
Compaq Armada 1700 laptop12,382.90
Ericsson A1018s mobile phone130.00
PC motherboard with CPU and 64MB RAM2400.00
Compaq Armada 1560 laptop11,762.50
Compaq Armada 1150 laptop11,761.20
Compaq laptop with ROIS12,328.85
Nokia mobile phone17.05
Nokia 5110 mobile phone and charger243.24
Nokia mobile phone17.05
Nokia 5110 mobile phone17.05
Compaq Armada laptop, Motorola pager, Nokia 5110 mobile phone32,482.78
Compaq laptop with ROIS12,328.85
Total for 2000–014747,048.57
Losses and thefts 2001–02
Ericsson GA318 mobile phone132.90
Compaq E500 laptop11,761.20
64 Mb DIMM memory chip161.60
Compaq Armada M700 laptop12,321.80
Compaq Armada 1110 laptop12,321.80
Compaq Armada laptop11,915.25
Compaq M700 laptop12,321.80
Compaq Spacesaver 866 base unit, keyboard and mouse3821.33
Nokia 5110 mobile phone17.05
Palm Pilot 31158.63
Nokia mobile phone17.05
Compaq Armada M700 laptop12,184.33
Compaq laptop12,184.33
Compaq Armada 1750 laptop12,184.33
Compaq Armada 1592 laptop11,684.33
HP colour laser jet 4550 printer11,800.10
Compaq Armada M700 laptop11,995.15
Compaq laptop11,995.15
Nokia mobile phone17.05
Nokia mobile phone10.00
Compaq Armada 500 laptop10.00
Compaq laptop and Psion 5MX series22,367.05
Compaq Armada E500 laptop11,835.94
Compaq Armada E500 laptop11,835.94
Compaq Armada 1120 laptop11,835.94
Nokia mobile phone150.00
Total to date for 2001–023033,866.30

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