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Nhs Consultants

Volume 403: debated on Monday 14 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS consultants are employed on joint contracts with both English and Welsh hospitals. [107008]

An analysis of data for September 2001 suggests that there were approximately 60 consultants who had contracts with both an English national health service trust and a Welsh NHS trust. It is not possible to ascertain from the available information whether these are necessarily joint contracts. It is possible for a consultant to have two separate contracts with two separate NHS organisations.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he intends that NHS consultants employed on joint contracts by English and Welsh hospitals should continue to be employed under a single NHS consultant's contract. [107009]

The terms and conditions of employment offered to consultants by national health service trusts in England and in Wales are a matter for individual trusts to determine.