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Mr. Hutton [holding answer 18 April 2002]: The NHS PlanA Progress Report 200001 was the first report of the Modernisation Board. It is a requirement of the Board's Terms of Reference that an annual report should be produced.
Mr. Hutton [holding answer 29 April 2002]: It is for employing organisations to specify the duties of matrons in job descriptions. Guidance was issued to the National Health Service in April 2001 as Health Service Circular 2001/010, 'Implementing the NHS PlanModern Matrons'.
Mr. Hutton [holding answer 2 May 2002]: My Department issued guidance to all health authorities and regional directors of public health on the procedures to be followed in the event of a deliberate release of plague and other biological agents, on 17 October. At the same time, guidance for medical and laboratory staff was issued by the public health laboratory service (PHLS) concerning the precautions to be adopted in the event of an outbreak of plague and other biological agents. This advice is available on the PHLS website:
Plague can be treated with antibiotics and the Department has a substantial stockpile of appropriate antibiotics that could be deployed in the event of an outbreak of plague following a terrorist attack.
For Ebola, which is one of the viral haemorrhagic fevers. (VHF), guidance on the management and control of VHFs has already been produced by the advisory committee on dangerous pathogens. Further guidance on the action to be taken in the event of a deliberate release of a VHF has been drawn up by the PHLS and is being revised following review by the Viral Haemorrhagic Fever Working Group of the Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens. There is no treatment for Ebola virus infection and patients are normally cared for in isolation facilities.
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Helen Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the answer of 23 April 2002, Official Report, column 120W, how many applications were received for non-executive appointments to the board of Warrington PCT from each ward in Warrington; what percentage of applicants from each ward were interviewed; and what percentage of applicants from each ward were appointed. 
Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff were employed by the NHS in (a) Gloucestershire and (b) England in each of the last five years for which figures are available. 
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1. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.
2. All practitioners included in the totals exclude GP retainers.
3. All practice staff included in the total includes practice nurses, direct patient care, administration and clerical and other.
4. All practitioners and GP practice staff are not directly employed by the NHS but work to contracts for the NHS.
1. Department of Health Non-Medical Workforce Census.
2. Department of Health Medical and Dental Workforce Census.
3. Department of Health General and Personal Medical Services Statistics.
Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff have been dismissed in the NHS in (a) Gloucestershire and (b) England in each of the last five years for which figures are available, broken down by (i) reasons for the dismissals and (ii) categories of employees; and if he will make a statement. 
David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many resignations, broken down by job description, there have been from NHS employment in Hull and the East Riding since 1 January 2001.