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Singleton Hospital

Volume 116: debated on Monday 11 May 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Wales when he received a formal application from the West Glamorgan health authority for the approval of an accident and emergency specialist post for the casualty service at Singleton hospital; when the Welsh Medical Manpower Committee last met; when it will meet again; and what would he the annual cost of appointing an accident and emergency specialist.

The Department was asked to give approval to the West Glamorgan health authority's proposal to establish a new consultant post in accident and emergency which would include responsibility for the Singleton hospital minor casualty unit in a letter dated 28 January 1987. In a letter of 9 March to the authority, the Department emphasised that as a new post the proposal would have to be put to the Welsh Medical and Dental Manpower Committee and that in that context a job description for the post would be required.The Welsh Medical and Dental Manpower Committee last met on 7 April, and is next scheduled to meet on 7 July.The total annual cost of a consultant may include his or her salary, the employer's on-costs, and the cost of support staff, equipment and facilities and accommodation. These will vary from post to post according to the circumstances. The Department has not received information about the detailed costings for the post in question. The salary scale for a full-time consultant as recommended by the Review Body on Doctors' and Dentists' Remuneration will be £25,440 to £32,840 from 1 April 1987.