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Medical Personnel

Volume 884: debated on Tuesday 21 January 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence how many consultants and doctors are employed in the Services; and what is the number who are full-time and part-time, respectively.

The numbers of consultants and doctors serving in each of the Services at 1st January 1975 were as follows:

ConsultantsDoctorsTotal
Royal Navy48255303
Army146377523
Royal Air Force86371457
Total2801,0031,283
All these officers are full-time. The numbers include officers undergoing postgraduate courses, but exclude those undergoing training at a medical school under a medical cadetship scheme, or serving in pre-registration appointments after graduation from medical school.In addition 164 civilian doctors are currently employed in looking after Service personnel and families. Sessional doctors are also sometimes employed on a part-time basis according to local need.