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Information Officers

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 9 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many press officers are employed by the National Clinical Assessment Service; (154463)

(2) how many press officers are employed by the National Patient Safety Agency.

The National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) is a special health authority that was established in July 2001 to undertake various patient safety functions.

Since 1 April 2005, following the Department's Review of Arms Length Bodies, the Agency has also taken on additional responsibilities including those for the National Clinical Assessment Service (formerly the National Clinical Assessment Authority).

As at April 2007, two full-time press officers are employed by the NPSA to provide support across all the areas of its responsibility.