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Accident And Emergency Services

Volume 404: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance is given to the NHS about the involvement of reception staff in triage. [110817]

The Department has not issued any specific guidance to the national health service about the involvement of reception staff in triage.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many accident and emergency departments have only one resident doctor specialising in A and E on duty at night; and to which grade in each case the doctor is trained. [110816]

The Department does not collect the information requested.The number of staff, including medical staff in accident and emergency departments, is a matter for local determination and may vary in the light of anticipated demand and the skills and experience of all professionals working in, or on call to, the emergency team.