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Volume 402: debated on Friday 4 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many consultants there are on average in an accident and emergency department in (a) England and (b) each strategic health authority. [106206]

Information relating to the average number of accident and emergency consultants, within trusts that have an accident and emergency department, in England and in each strategic health authority, is shown in the table.

Average number of hospital medical consultants with an Accident and Emergency specialty within trusts that have an Accident and Emergency department by Strategic Health Authority

Health authority



Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire2.5
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire3.8
Birmingham and The Black Country2.9
Cheshire and Merseyside3.2
County Durham and Tees Valley3.0
Coventry, Warwickshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire3.6
Cumbria and Lancashire2.7
Dorset and Somerset1.4
Greater Manchester2.8
Hampshire and Isle of Wight2.2
Kent and Medway3.5
Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland2.7
Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire2.0
North and East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire2.4
North Central London3.2
North East London3.4
North West London2.9
Northumberland, Tyne and Wear3.4
Shropshire and Staffordshire1.4
South East London2.8
South West London3.0
South West Peninsula2.8
South Yorkshire3.2
Surrey and Sussex2.2
Thames Valley2.8
West Yorkshire5.3

1 Averages were calculated using the number (headcount) of A&E consultants within trusts that have A&E departments.


Department of Health 2001 medical and dental workforce census Department of Health form KH12, 2001–02