|Number of leavers
David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff in his Department (a) were disciplined and (b) had their employment terminated as a result of a poor sickness record in each of the last five years. 
The Department of Health manages long-term absence through a standard procedure based on accepted policy. Between 1 August 2006 and 31 March 2007, seven staff were taken through the procedure because of long-term absence due to ill-health.
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 29 November 2007, Official Report, column 714W, on doctors: housing, which elements of the consultation between 1 October and 31 January referred (a) directly and (b) indirectly to the changes to the arrangements for accommodation for junior doctors. 
Ann Keen: The requirement for doctors to be resident was contained within section 10 of the Medical Act. The consultation document contained a copy of the draft order which included a repeal of section 10.
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 29 November 2007, Official Report, column 714W, on doctors: housing, whether the Junior Doctors Committee supported the removal of free accommodation from junior doctors. 
Ann Keen: Changes to the Medical Act, which removed the statutory requirement for residence were subject to consultation. The British Medical Association were involved in the consultation process and do not appear to have objected to the proposed revisions to the Act.
Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many and what percentage of (a) doctors and (b) nurses employed by the NHS were (i) non-UK citizens and (ii) non-EU citizens in each year since 1997; 
The Information Centre for health and social care does not collect data on the nationality of doctors
working in the national health service but does collect data on their country of qualification group. The latest information can be found at table four of the NHS Hospital and Community Health Services: Medical and Dental Staff England 1996-2006, a copy of which has been placed in the Library. No similar information is collected for nurses.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council (the regulatory body for nurses, midwives and health visitors) does not collect data on the nationality of registered nurses or midwives but does record the country of qualification of new registrants. The latest information is available in the document Nursing and Midwifery Council, Statistical Analysis of the Register, 1 April 2005 to 31 March 2006, which is available in the Library. Registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council is not a guarantee of employment in the NHS and newly registered nurses and midwives may not be in the United Kingdom or working in the NHS.
Mr. Streeter: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time was for residential rehabilitation treatment for drug addicts (a) nationally and (b) in Plymouth in the most recent period for which figures are available. 
On average across England, 96 per cent. of people were able to access drug treatment in three weeks or under. Data on waiting times for substance misuse treatment for April to October 2007 show that 89 per cent. of clients entering all forms of drug treatment in Plymouth waited three weeks or under. These data are not broken down by individual types of drug treatment(1).
Latest information from Plymouth drug action team shows that 67 out of 68 referrals for 2007 up to mid December to enter residential rehabilitation treatment (including multiple presentations by the same person) commenced treatment within 21 days and the remaining one commenced treatment within 43 days.
National Drug Treatment Monitoring System.
The total number of sight tests paid for by the national health service are available at health authority (HA) level for 1996-97 to 2002-03 (in table 1) and at strategic health authority (SHA) and primary care trust (PCT) level for 2003-04 to 2006-07 (table 2).
In both tables, figures are the total number of free sight tests and do not take into account individuals
who may have had more than one sight test in the same area within the same time period.
|Table 1: Total number of sight tests paid for by the NHS, by health authority, in London( 1) between 1 April and 31 March in the specified years
|(1 )London is the Government office region and is a sum of the HAs.
(2) Not applicable.
Totals may not equal the sum of component parts due to rounding.
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