To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations he has received on staff shortages in paediatric pathology; and if he will make a statement. 
The Department of Health is aware of the challenges facing National Health Service paediatric pathology services, highlighted in the recent report by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health on 'The Future of Paediatric Pathology Services'. Department of Health officials recently met the Presidents of Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, the Royal College of Pathologists and the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology to discuss strategies for improving long-term staffing levels in this specialty. The children's care group workforce team is also considering this issue. The Department is also funding conversion fellowships to support experienced histopathologists to specialise in paediatric pathology. This will help improve staffing levels.