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Defence Medical Services

Volume 404: debated on Wednesday 30 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the exit rates were for (a) GPs, (b) consultants and (c) trainees in each of the defence medical services in each year since 1981 (i) at the end of a short service commission, (ii) at immediate pension point, (iii) through premature voluntary retirement, (iv) through redundancy and (v) in total; and if he will make a statement. [109324]

It is only possible to provide detailed information on the exit rates of medical officers for the last 10 years. Medical officers may leave the Defence Medical Services for various reasons, but the only breakdown of the exit rates available centrally is for those leaving due to Premature Voluntary Retirement (PVR) or on the completion of their commission. This information is provided as follows:

Percentage
PVRCompleted commissionOtherTotal
Short service commission1
1993–941.781.210.9
1994–953.611.52.117.2
1995–962.814.4118.2
1996–971.25.91.18.2
1997–9817.91.110
1998–990.85.20.46.4
1999–20001.25.30.26.7
2000–012.33.20.45.9
2001–0212.51.34.8
Medium/long commission2
1993–942.33.20.15.6
1994–955.42.71.59.6
1995–964.84.54.213.5
1996–9752.98.416.3
1997–984.32.20.46.9
1998–992.910.54.4
1999–20004.82.91.18.8
2000–0151.20.26.4
2001–023.31.70.45.4
1 Figures represent percentage outflow against the total strength of medical officers on Short Service Commissions at the start of each financial year.
2 Figures represent percentage outflow against the total strength of medical officers on Medium/Long Commissions at the start of each financial year.