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To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of consultants who had expressed an
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interest in moving onto the new consultants contract had (a) moved onto the new contract by 30 April and (b) received a final job plan offer. 
Mr. Hutton: Data collected from strategic health authorities (SHAs) shows that, of those consultants who had given a formal commitment to the new contract by 31 October 2003, 19 per cent. had agreed a job plan and signed up to the new contract and a further 40 per cent. had received final job plan offers by 30 April 2004.
The most recent data, supplied at 4 June by SHAs, suggests that 79 per cent. of consultants who expressed an interest in the contract have had final job plan offers, including 35 per cent. who have now accepted the contract.
Miss Melanie Johnson: The contraceptive implant currently available in the United Kingdom is Implanon, a progestagen-only implant that provides contraception for a period of three years. Implanon is a prescription-only medicine which may be recommended for women of any age but which is most commonly used by older women.
Studies carried out by the marketing authorisation holder for Implanon were evaluated at the time of licensing and the product information states that safety and efficacy has been established in women between the ages of 18 and 40 years. The limited available data do not suggest that the safety profile of Implanon is different in women under the age of 18 years. However, no formal research has been carried out and the judgement on the balance of risks and benefits in women under 18 is the responsibility of the prescribing physician.
Health care professionals are encouraged to discuss the potential side effects with everyone who seeks treatment. In addition, prescribers are expected to satisfy themselves that all women understand the risks and benefits of using Implanon and that it is in their best interests to receive the treatment.
(2) what plans he has officially to recognise dispensing opticians as healthcare professionals. 
Currently there is no provision for financial support towards continuing education and training for dispensing opticians as they do not contract with the national health service to provide general ophthalmic services and therefore fall outside the NHS arrangements for ophthalmic services.
Mr. Clifton-Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 24 May 2004, Official Report, column 1378W, on emergency planning, when the well-developed major incident plans were last monitored by the Department; what form the tests took; and what steps he will take to satisfy himself that the major incident plans will work in a serious emergency, with particular reference to a terrorist attack. 
Each strategic health authority (SHA) in England is responsible for the routine and regular assessment of the emergency preparedness plans of national health service organisations in its area. Health
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organisations are themselves required to conduct internal tests and reviews and to include a statement of preparedness in their annual reports.
In addition to routine feedback, the Department conducted specific national assessments of emergency preparedness via the SHAs in January 2003 and again at the end of that year as part of a wider regional capabilities mapping exercise.
Each NHS organisation can call upon specialist advice and support from the Health Protection Agency and is expected take part in external multi agency exercises and report results to its SHA. Although based on an all-hazards approach, national guidance requires that emergency preparedness plans make specific provision for responding to terrorist threats.
Jeremy Corbyn: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the NHS agencies whose future he is reviewing; and what (a) the date of the agency's establishment and (b) total number of staff is in each case. 
|Name of body||Date established||Number of staff 1|
|Commission for Social Care Inspection||1 April 2004||2,622|
|Commission for Healthcare Audit and Inspection (The Health-care Commission)||1 April 2004||456|
|Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health||1 January 2003||123|
|Counter Fraud and Security Management Service||1 January 2003||284|
|Council for the Regulation of Health Care Professionals||1 April 2003||10|
|Dental Practice Board||1948||333|
|Dental Vocational Training Authority||1 October 1993||2.5|
|Family Health Services Appeal Authority||1 April 1995||12|
|General Social Care Council||1 October 2001||130|
|Health Development Agency||1 January 2000||122.6|
|Health Protection Agency||1 April 2003||2,628|
|Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority||1 August 1991||105|
|Independent Regulator of NHS Foundation Trusts||5 January 2004||37|
|Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency||1 April 2003||806|
|Mental Health Act Commission||1983||38|
|NHS Appointments Commission||1 April 2001||39|
|NHS Direct||1 April 2004||3,000|
|NHS Estates||1 April 1991||180.8|
|NHS Logistics||1 April 2000||1,452|
|NHS Information Authority||1 April 1999||1,034|
|NHS Litigation Authority||20 November 1995||184.4|
|NHS Pensions Agency||20 November 1992||369|
|NHS Professionals||1 January 2004||671|
|NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency||1 January 2000||336|
|NHSU||1 December 2003||270|
|National Biological Standards Board||1976||305|
|National Blood Authority||1993||5,378|
|National Institute for Clinical Excellence||1 April 1999||92|
|National Clinical Assessment Authority||1 April 2001||87.7|
|National Patient Safety Agency||2 July 2001||169.2|
|National Radiological Protection Board||1 October 1970||338|
|National Treatment Agency for Drugs||1 April 2001||84|
|Postgraduate Medical Education Training Board||1 October 2003||27|
|Prescription Pricing Authority||1977||2,260|
|Public Health Laboratory Service||(3)1977||62.6|
|UK Transplant||1 July 2000||132|
|Net NHS expenditure (Outturn)|
|RB Stage 1 2|
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