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Ms Blears: There are currently no plans to stop the use of glutaraldehyde in hospitals in England. National Health Service employers are already to give priority to preventing their employees being exposed to glutaraldehyde by inhalation, ingestion or skin contact under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 1994.
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Ms Blears: The Department funds the National Drugs Helpline to provide information, advice and support to anyone concerned about substance misuse. The helpline provides a range of information about date rape drugs, including their effects, risks and referral to local agencies that offer support. This service is free and confidential, and is open 24 hours a day.
The Department also funds Drugscope, an organisation that provides information on all aspects of drug policies and problems, including information on prevention and safety issues for people who feel that they may be affected by date rape drugs.
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Jacqui Smith: Area child protection committees are inter-agency forums for agreeing how the different services and professional groups should co-operate to safeguard children in their area. They are not statutory bodies, but are accountable for their work to their main constituent agencies. They are therefore not accountable to any Secretary of State. Each local authority with social services responsibility should take lead responsibility for the establishment and effective working of ACPCs. Local authorities are ultimately accountable to my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health in respect of their social services functions.
Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will list, by regional ambulance service, the number of days off sick taken by ambulance staff following physical assaults by members of the public while on duty in (a) Q4 200001, (b) Q1 200102, (c) Q2 200102, (d) Q3 200102 and in (e) 200001, (f) 19992000, and (g) 199899; 
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Ms Blears: The Department conducted a survey of sickness absence, accidents and violence in national health service trusts in England in 199899. The survey found that there were approximately 65,000 violent incidents against NHS trust staff recorded each year. Figures for each individual NHS ambulance trust are shown in the table. A further survey of recorded violent incidents in 200001 has been conducted, and the figures are currently being analysed by the Department.
Information on levels of sickness absence resulting from violence at work is not collected centrally, but may be held at a local level by individual national health service employers. The average sickness absence rate for staff directly employed by NHS ambulance trusts in 1999 was 6.6 per cent.
|Region||Trust name||Number of violent incidents standardised to a year||Rate of incidents per 1,000 staff (WTE)|
|Northern and Yorkshire||Cleveland Ambulance NHS Trust||15||54|
|Northern and Yorkshire||Cumbria Ambulance Service NHS Trust||(44)||(44)|
|Northern and Yorkshire||Durham County Ambulance Service NHS Trust||32||100|
|Northern and Yorkshire||Humberside Ambulance Service NHS Trust||23||66|
|Northern and Yorkshire||North Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust||7||21|
|Northern and Yorkshire||Northumbria Ambulance Service NHS Trust||52||70|
|Northern and Yorkshire||West Yorkshire Metropolitan Ambulance Services NHS Trust||28||27|
|Trent||Derbyshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust||25||57|
|Trent||Leicestershire Ambulance and Paramedic Services NHS Trust||34||79|
|Trent||Lincolnshire Ambulance NHS Trust||56||101|
|Trent||Nottinghamshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust||120||221|
|Trent||South Yorkshire Metropolitan Ambulance Service NHS Trust||57||99|
|Eastern||Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Ambulance and Paramedic NHS Trust||22||38|
|Eastern||East Anglian Ambulance NHS Trust||(44)||(44)|
|Eastern||Essex Ambulance Service NHS Trust||12||16|
|London||London Ambulance Service||464||153|
|South East||Hampshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust||26||60|
|South East||Kent Ambulance NHS Trust||96||152|
|South East||Oxfordshire Ambulance NHS Trust||0||0|
|South East||Royal Berkshire Ambulance NHS Trust||36||101|
|South East||Surrey Ambulance Service NHS Trust||12||24|
|South East||Sussex Ambulance Services NHS Trust||105||144|
|South East||Two Shires Ambulance NHS Trust||(44)||(44)|
|South West||Avon Ambulance Service NHS Trust||30||85|
|South West||Dorset Ambulance NHS Trust||93||290|
|South West||Gloucestershire Ambulance Service NHS Trust||(45)||(45)|
|South West||West Country Ambulance Services NHS Trust||43||47|
|South West||Wiltshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust||(44)||(44)|
|West Midlands||Hereford and Worcester Ambulance Service NHS Trust||(45)||(45)|
|West Midlands||Staffordshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust||0||0|
|West Midlands||Warwickshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust||(45)||(45)|
|West Midlands||West Midlands Ambulance Services NHS Trust||63||60|
|North West||Greater Manchester Ambulance Service NHS Trust||71||71|
|North West||Lancashire Ambulance Service NHS Trust||56||88|
|North West||Mersey Regional Ambulance Service NHS Trust||56||58|
(44) Indicates that there were less than five violent incidents, when standardised to a year.
(45) Indicates that the trust either submitted no data or the data was not comparable with other trusts.
1. Data reported covered different time periods and have been standardised to an annual equivalent to allow comparison.
2. The figures represent all violent incidents to any staff in each ambulance trust. No figures are available for only physical assaults or for only ambulance staff on duty.
3. At the time of this collection national definitions had not yet been published. Definitions and reporting thresholds varied between trusts.
Department of Health's 199899 Survey of Sickness Absence, Accidents and Violence in NHS trusts