To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost of the appointment of the 100 additional consultants, announced in the White Paper "Working for Patients" will be.
I refer my hon. Friend to the reply I gave my hon. Friend the Member for Suffolk, Central (Mr. Lord) on 27 February at columns 125–26. Once all 100 new consultants are in post, the annual cost of the scheme will be about £37 million.