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Surgery: Manpower

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 9 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many surgeons in the NHS were capable of carrying out (a) hepatobiliary, (b) renal, (c) cardiac and (d) ophthalmic surgery in each of the last 10 years; (154266)

(2) what plans the Government have to increase the number of (a) hepatobiliary, (b) renal, (c) cardiac and (d) ophthalmic surgeons in each of the next three years.

This information is not collected centrally.

It is the responsibility of primary care trusts and strategic health authorities to analyse their local situation and develop plans, in liaison with their local NHS trusts and primary care providers, to deliver high quality NHS services and take action to recruit the appropriate staff required to deliver these services.