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Mr. Gray: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many hours per day MRI scanners were (a) in use for NHS neurology services and (b) manned by suitably qualified staff in the last period for which figures are available; and what proportion of this time was designated for MS diagnostic purposes; 
The Department does not collect information on the day-to-day operational management of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners. Qualified staff operate MRI scanners when they are in use.
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The Department works with strategic health authorities to assess the demand for diagnostic services such as MRI to benefit all groups of patients including those suspected of having multiple sclerosis (MS).
The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) has issued clinical guidelines on the management of MS across primary, secondary tertiary and social care settings. The guideline focuses on the quality and configuration of services for people with MS and their carers, and includes specific recommendations around access to specialist neurological services. Local health communities are expected to review their existing service provision for people with MS against the guidelines.
Mr. George Osborne: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the (a) newspapers and (b) periodicals taken by his Department in each year since 1997; and how much the Department spent on each in each year. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The Department's library and information service is responsible for central purchasing of newspapers and periodicals for library use and for retention by individual units. Suppliers, who have been chosen by competitive tendering every three to five years are used. New supply contracts were awarded in October 2001, for the supply of newspapers and weekly magazines and for journals.
Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients in the Southwark Primary Care Trust area referred urgently with suspected breast cancer waited for more than two weeks for an out-patient appointment in each reporting period since January 2002; and if he will make a statement. 
Percentage compliance with the two week standard
Total referrals seen during the quarter
|Number of patients seen during the quarter by a specialist after 14 days of the decision to refer by their general practitioner|
|Q2||200405||Guys and St. Thomas' Hospital NHS Trust||100||120||0|
|Q1||200405||Guys and St. Thomas' Hospital NHS Trust||100||145||0|
|Q4||200304||Guys and St. Thomas' Hospital NHS Trust||100||144||0|
|Q3||200304||Guys and St. Thomas' Hospital NHS Trust||100||104||0|
|Q2||200304||Guys and St. Thomas' Hospital NHS Trust||100||92||0|
|Q1||200304||Guys and St. Thomas' Hospital NHS Trust||100||87||0|
|Q4||200203||Guys and St. Thomas' Hospital NHS Trust||100||72||0|
|Q3||200203||Guys and St. Thomas' Hospital NHS Trust||100||83||0|
|Q2||200203||Guys and St. Thomas' Hospital NHS Trust||100||85||0|
|Q1||200203||Guys and St. Thomas' Hospital NHS Trust||96.9||65||2|
|Q2||200405||King's College Hospital NHS Trust||96.9||71||1|
|Q1||200405||King's College Hospital NHS Trust||100||70||0|
|Q4||200304||King's College Hospital NHS Trust||100||97||0|
|Q3||200304||King's College Hospital NHS Trust||100||100||0|
|Q2||200203||King's College Hospital NHS Trust||100||96||0|
|Q1||200203||King's College Hospital NHS Trust||100||68||0|