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National Health Service (Consultants' Contract)

Volume 886: debated on Thursday 20 February 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what reductions there have been in each of the districts within the Hampshire Area Health Authority area in the number of referrals from general practitioners since the start of the consultants' work to contract.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what reduction there has been in each of the districts within the Hampshire Area Health Authority area in the average daily number of beds occupied and the number of admissions per week, since the start of the consultants' work to contract.

The information is not readily available. I will write to the hon. Member.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what reduction there has been in each of the districts within the Hampshire Area Health Authority area in the number of operations performed weekly since the start of the consultants' work to contract.

Following are the figures relating to three districts:

DistrictReduction in weekly operations performed in January 1974 and January 1975
Basingstoke and North Hampshire47
Portsmouth and South-East Hampshire94
Winchester and Central Hampshire35
Figures for the Southampton and South-West Hampshire Health District could not be prepared in time. I will send these to the hon. Member as soon as they become available.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many consultants were employed in each of the districts within the Hampshire AHA area at the start of the consultants' work to contract; how many were employed

Consultants employedVacant posts
DistrictWhole-timePart-time
Basingstoke and North Hampshire10203
Portsmouth and South-East Hampshire42422
Southampton and South-West Hampshire40697
Winchester and Central Hampshire1224

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many extra consultants and how many extra junior medical staff would need to be employed in each of the districts within the Hampshire AHA if the present consultants' work to contract were to be maintained indefinitely.

The work load is a variable factor, and it is not possible to give a meaningful estimate.