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Full-Time Consultants

Volume 22: debated on Thursday 22 April 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many consultants are employed in the National Health Service in a full-time capacity in the following specialties: (a) geriatrics, (b) psycho-geriatrics, (c) psychiatry and (d) mental handicap; how many have applied for and been granted permission to engage in at least 10 per cent. private practice in these specialties; and if he will provide a breakdown per health board area.

The number of full-time consultants in post in the geriatric, psychiatric, including psycho-geriatric and mental handicap specialties in the Scottish health boards at 30 September 1981 are as follows. Although there are some consultants specialising full-time in psycho-geriatrics, no separate figures are available and general psychiatrists can also be involved in this work.All full-time consultants are entitled to engage in private practice, provided their annual earnings from such practice do not exceed 10 per cent. of their annual full-time NHS earnings. No information is held centrally on the numbers of consultants who exercise this entitlement.

GeriatricsPsychiatry (including psycho-geriatrics)Mental handicap
Greater Glasgow15411
Forth Valley183
Argyll and Clyde414
Ayrshire and Arran252
Dumfires and Galloway26
Western Isles1