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Tom Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many consultant surgeons working in hospitals in the Greater London area have been suspended from duty in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement. 
Dr. Ladyman: The Department routinely collected information on the number of consultants suspended for more than six months until June 2004. This information was not broken down by speciality. The number of consultants suspended for more than six months within the five London strategic health authority areas for the last three years is shown in the table.
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Dr. Ladyman: The Community Care (Delayed Discharges, etc.) Act 2003 places new duties on councils and the national health service relating to joint working between health and social care systems and with patients and carers around hospital discharge. From January 2004, the Act introduced a financial incentive to avoid delayed discharges. That is supported by the delayed discharges grant.
Latest figures show the total number of patients delayed in an acute hospital bed on any one day, within the five London strategic health authority areas, is now 318a reduction of 67 per cent., since September 2001.
We have undertaken a review of the dental primary care workforce in consultation with representatives of the dental professionprofessional bodies, dental academics, as well as the British Dental Association (BDA). We have worked closely with the BDA to draw up proposals for a new contract from April 2005, which will remove the treadmill of item of service.
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This links with the new duties primary care trusts (PCTs) will have from April 2005 to secure the provision of primary dental care services, either through contracts with individual practices, or by providing services themselves. PCTs, including those within London, have been drawing up local dentistry action plans, setting out how they are using their proportion of the £59 million additional funding we have allocated to improve access to NHS dentistry this year and their priorities for commissioning in 200506.
Brian White: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of the Department's (a) implemented and (b) planned computer systems use open source software; and what plans are in place to raise this level. 
Software procurement by the Department follows the 'level playing field' Government OSS Policy, which does not require the raising of levels of OSS usage in Government; rather that Government considers OSS solutions alongside proprietary ones in information technology procurements and that contracts should be awarded on a value for money, case by case basis. This policy can be viewed at www.govtalk.gov.uk.
Individual university medical schools determine their own undergraduate medical curriculum in the light of recommendations from the General Medical Council's education committee, which has the statutory responsibility to determine the extent and knowledge and skill required for the granting of primary medical qualifications in the United Kingdom.
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The education committee's most recent recommendations on undergraduate medical education are contained in "Tomorrow's Doctors," which was published in July 2002. It recommends curricular themes and is not a complete guide.
Ms Rosie Winterton: Information on the number of patients admitted to hospital in England as a result of gunshot injuries in the last five years is shown in the table. Information is not collected centrally on the number of patients treated in accident and emergency but not admitted. The information covers England only.
The geographical areas of the organisations are the same for the PCTs/HA. The figures are not directly comparable for the commissioning organisations because expenditure on medicines was switched from HAs to the Prescription Pricing Authority in 199798.
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