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Consultants

Volume 86: debated on Monday 11 November 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what was the total number of new consultant posts created in the National Health Service since 1974; and if he will also give details of the number of consultant posts created for those involved in (a) clinical and hospital work and (b) community medicine for each year since 1974.

Information in the precise form requested is not available. However, over the period 30 September 1974 to 30 September 1984 the number of consultants in post in medical and dental specialties in England and Wales, including equivalent grades in community medicine, increased by 2,840. Details for each year of the period of the number of consultants in post and (where available) of the number of vacant posts, distinguishing between the hospital services and community medicine, are set out in the tables.

Number of Consultant Posts*; in the Hospital Service at 30 September each year England and Wales
YearIn PostVacant Posts†
‡197411,627667
197511,946749
197612,345720
197712,487845
197812,766905
197913,028922
198013,2841,194
198113,5811,096
198213,7961,061
198314,1241,016
198414,450998
* Including hospital medical and dental consultants and senior hospital medical officers and senior hospital dental officers with allowances.
† Due to the change in definition of vacant posts in 1980 figures for 1979 and earlier years are not strictly comparable.
Number of Consultant-level Community Medicines Posts* at 30 September each year England and Wales
YearIn postVacant posts
†1974531
1975612130
1976623123
1977657121
1978648137
1979638139
1980639145
1981637102
‡1982553141
1983580140
1984548126
* Including regional medical officer, district medical officer; specialist in community medicine and special salary scale staff.
† The NHS re-organisation in 1974 is believed to have caused a

significant under reporting of staff returned by authorities.

‡ In 1982 as a result of restructuring the grades of area medical officer and district community physician were abolished. About 70 doctors who did not take up district medical officer posts took early retirement.

║ Not available.