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David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in her Department have been (a) disciplined and (b) dismissed for (i) inappropriate use of the internet while at work and (ii) using work telephones to access premium rate numbers in each of the last five years. 
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Department of Health IT Security Unit
All office phones are blocked from accessing premium rate numbers. There is management discretion to lift this ban in individual cases based on need. There have been no recorded cases of disciplinary action relating to access to premium line numbers in the last five years.
David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in her Department have been enabled to work from home in each of the last three years; and if she will make a statement. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The Department has a formal home-working scheme under which employees may request that home is the place of work for all or some of the working week. The current number of the Department's official home workers over the last three years is shown in the table.
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The Department also provides a wide variety of arrangements which allow staff to work flexibly. These include initiatives such as a flexitime, part-time working, job sharing, part year appointments, compressed hours and special leave arrangements to cope with a variety of circumstances.
Mr. Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many diagnostic scans were carried out by Alliance Medical Ltd. in the NHS in County Durham (a) in each of the last 12 months and (b) in each of the previous five years. 
Andy Burnham [holding answer 15 May 2006]: Alliance Medical Limited (AML) has not provided any diagnostic scans from within County Durham. An AML mobile unit does operate a service from the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough. The unit has visited the hospital on eight occasions since contract commencement in July 2004. The total number of scans are shown in the table. The number referred from specific local areas is not held centrally.
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|General and personal medical services and hospital, community health services (HCHS): All doctors by specified country of primary qualification group( 1,2,3) England as at 30 September 2005|
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|(1 )All practitioners includes contracted GPs, GMS others, PMS others, GP registrars and GP retainers.|
(2) Excludes medical hospital practitioners and medical clinical assistants, most of whom are GPs working part time in hospitals.
(3) Excludes all dental staff. Information about country of qualification is derived from the General Medical Council. For staff in dental specialties, with a General Dental Council registration, the country of qualification is therefore unknown.
The Information Centre for health and social care medical and dental workforce census. The Information Centre for health and social care general and personal medical services statistics.
Caroline Flint: In 2004, the National Radiological Protection Board (now the Health Protection Agency radiation protection division (HPA-RPD)) recommended the adoption of international electromagnetic field (EMF) exposure guidelines. The supporting review of scientific evidence stated that there is no scientific consensus that exposures to EMFs at levels below currently accepted exposure restrictions cause cancer or any other disease. However, it is their view that
the totality of scientific data and uncertainty in knowledge and/or other relevant factors indicate that consideration should be given as to whether further precautionary measures are needed
A subsequent study by the HPA has investigated sources of residential magnetic field exposures (www.hpa.org.uk/radiation/publications/hpa_rpd _reports/2005/hpa_rpd_005.htm). Another study, published in June 2005 by Dr. Draper and colleagues, has estimated the number of children living within certain distance of overhead power lines in England and Wales (bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/reprint). Responding to the Draper study, the HPA noted that the majority of raised ELF magnetic fields in homes are due to variations in the electricity supply and distribution system, the presence of substations and equipment in the home rather than proximity to power lines. The HPA response statement is available on its website at: www.hpa.org.uk/hpa/news/articles/press_releases/2005/050603_ childhood_cancer_voltage.htm.
In response to the HPA advice in 2004, the stakeholder advisory group on ELF EMF (SAGE) was set up to explore the implications for a precautionary approach and make practical recommendations for precautionary measures. SAGE is currently developing its advice and is expected to report later this year. Details of this process can be found on its website at www.rkpartnership.co.uk/sage.
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will place in the Library copies of the (a) minutes and (b) reports on overhead power lines produced by the stakeholder advisory group on extremely low frequency electromagnetic fields. 
Caroline Flint: The stakeholder advisory group on extremely low frequency electromagnetic fields (SAGE) is currently developing its first report. It is expected that the report will be published and presented to Government later this year. Details of the SAGE process can be found on the website of the independent facilitation company R K Partnership Ltd. at www.rkpartnership.org.uk/sage.
|Occasions on which hormonal post-coital contraceptives dispensed at family planning clinics in England to girls aged under 16, 2000-01 to 2004-05|
The Information Centre for health and social care return KT31
Emergency hormonal contraception can be legally supplied to girls under the age of 16 as a prescription-only medicine by general practitioners and also by nurses and pharmacists working under a patient group direction (PGD). A PGD is where a doctor has delegated authority and the supply will therefore always be under medical supervision.
Andy Burnham: To support choice at referral, we produced booklets tailored to each primary care trust and enhanced the nhs.uk website to give patients and clinicians information on choice and national health service provider performance taken from Healthcare Commission indicators.
We will be working with clinical leaders and key stakeholders to develop robust measures of clinical quality across all providers of NHS care. We will be building on tools such as the National Joint Registry and the new Heart Surgery in Great Britain websitesat: www.njrcentre.org.uk and http://heartsurgery. healthcarecommission.org.uk/Survival.aspx.
In addition, the recent White Paper announced a review of the provision of health and social care information for patients and users. The outcome of the review will enable the Department to provide an information service that better meets the needs of patients and the public.
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