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Dermatologists

Volume 927: debated on Tuesday 1 March 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) what is the consultant-patient ratio for each of the area health authorities in England and Wales in the field of dermatology;(2) how many consultant dermatologists are employed at hospitals within the responsibility of the Walsall Area Health Authority.

The ratio of consultants in dermatology to population for each of the regional health authorities and Wales at 30th September 1975 is given in the table below. Information about the areas in which consultants are employed is not collected centrally, but I am informed that no consultant dermatologist is employed at hospitals within the responsibility of the Walsall Area Health Authority.

Consultant Staffing—Whole Time Equivalents per 100,000 Population*
Northern0·35
Yorkshire0·33
Trent0·23
East Anglia0·31
North-West Thames0·29
North-East Thames0·38
South-East Thames0·36
South-West Thames0·24
Wessex0·31
Oxford0·45
South-Western0·26
West Midlands0·30
Mersey0·21
North-Western0·25
Wales0·34
England and Wales0·31
* Including senior hospital medical officers with allowance, but excluding staff employed by boards of governors of postgraduate teaching hospitals.
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Social Security Benefits not covered by Bilateral Reciprocal Agreement are denoted by X

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he is satisfied with the facilities and numbers of staff available in the Walsall Area Health Authority for the treatment of skin conditions.

No. There are adequate facilities for out-patients, linked with inpatient services in Birmingham, but for several months the joint consultant appointment between Walsall and Birmingham has been unfilled. There is thus a major gap in services.