asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what specific steps he intends to take to reduce the hours presently worked by junior doctors in National Health Service hospitals; and what discussions he intends to have about this with representatives of the medical profession and local health authorities.
|Whole time equivalent of consultant posts vacant or without a permanent holder in West Midlands region and England—September 1984|
|West Midlands||England||Proportion in West Midlands (per cent.)|
|(i) Wholly unoccupied||110||703||16|
|(ii) Occupied by locums||15||174||9|
|(iii) Posts unoccupied by a permanent holder for 12 months or more:|
|(a) wholly unoccupied||39||325||12|
|(b) occupied by locums||6||69||9|