§ Dr. Evan Harris
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many doctors were on suspension at the most recent date for which figures are available. 
§ Mr. Hutton
As at 31 December 2001, the latest date for which figures are available, 29 hospital and community medical and dental staff had been suspended for more than six months.
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