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Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff were employed by the NHS in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b) Hertfordshire in the most recent year for which figures are available. 
|Total specified organisations( 1)||East and North Hertfordshire PCT||East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust||West Hertfordshire PCT||West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust||Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Trust|
|(1) Workforce data is not available at parliamentary constituency area, nor by broad geographical regions. Hemel Hempstead constituency and the area of Hertfordshire are contained within and served by the trusts and organisations provided here.|
(2) Figure excludes medical hospital practitioners and medical clinical assistants, most of whom are GPs working part time in hospitals.
Workforce statistics are compiled from data sent by more than 300 NHS trusts and primary care trusts (PCTs) in England. The NHS Information Centre for health and social care liaises closely with these organisations to encourage submission of complete and valid data and seeks to minimise inaccuracies and the effect of missing and invalid data. Processing methods and procedures are continually being updated to improve data quality. Where this happens any impact on figures already published will be assessed but unless this is significant at national level they will not be changed. Where there is impact only at detailed or local level this will be footnoted in relevant analyses.
The Information Centre for health and social care General and Personal Medical Services Statistics
The Information Centre for health and social care Medical and Dental Workforce Census
The Information Centre for health and social care Non-medical Workforce Census
Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer of 1 September 2008, Official Report, column 1751W, on the NHS Pensions Agency: resource accounting and benefits, for what reason the NHS pension scheme resource accounts were not published between the 2008 summer recess and the end of the 2007-08 Session; and when he plans to publish them. 
Ann Keen: In his written ministerial statement of 16 December 2008, my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster referred to overpayments made to pensioners of public sector pension schemes, including the NHS pension scheme.
The NHS pension scheme accounts contain reference to these overpayments. The decision was taken not to publish the accounts until such time as we had sufficient information to be able to inform the pensioners. Critical to this decision was the need to avoid unnecessary public concern among the vast majority of national health service pensioners who were entirely unaffected, but who would not have known that had a general announcement been made. Letters were sent to affected pensioners on 15 December and the statement, formally notifying Parliament of the overpayments, was made on 16 December.
Ann Keen: Healthcare students are encouraged and supported to develop at least some of their career within a national health service setting, however, they are not obliged to do so, it is a matter for the individual.
A review of NHS student support was announced in Lord Ara Darzi's A High Quality Workforce: NHS Next Stage Review (30 June 2008). A copy of the review has already been placed in the Library. The Department is working in partnership with key stakeholders to undertake the review of existing arrangements for NHS student support and will consider a wide range of options for NHS student support in the future.
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of (a) all medicines dispensed in the community and (b) all medicines for the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions dispensed in the community have been prescribed by supplementary prescribers in each year since 2004-05. 
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