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Accident and Emergency Departments: Manpower

Volume 465: debated on Tuesday 23 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) consultants and (b) other staff worked in the NHS in the accident and emergency specialty in each year since 1997; and how many of each this represented per 1,000 patient attendances at (i) a type 1 accident and emergency department and (ii) all accident and emergency departments. (156795)

This information is shown in the following table. The data for 1,000 patient attendances for “all accident and emergency departments” have not been calculated as they include units that are not consultant led.

Hospital and community health services (HCHS): medical and dental staff1,2 showing consultants, working within the accident and emergency specialty per 1,000 accident and emergency department patient attendances—England at 30 September each year

Number (headcount)

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

Consultant

386

422

438

455

487

533

561

618

689

725

Consultant per1,000 patient attendance for:

All type1 A and E departments3

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

0.044

0.044

0.047

0.051

0.053

Other staff2

2,526

2,629

2,655

2,699

2,734

2,899

3,046

3,422

3,702

3,989

Other staff per 1,000 patient attendance for:

All type1 A and E departments

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

0.242

0.240

0.258

0.273

0.293

n/a = not applicable

1 Staff with their primary specialty being accident and emergency.

2 Other staff includes, associate specialist, staff grade, registrar group, senior house officer, foundation year 2, house officer and foundation programme year 1, hospital practitioner/clinical assistant, other.

3 Prior to Q1 2001-02, attendance data were collected annually for all A and E types. A and E attendances split down into A and E type were first collected in 2002-03 A and E attendances at all A and E types from Q1 2003-04 onwards include attendances at walk-in centres.

Note:

Annual patient attendance figures and not quarterly patient attendance figures have been used to calculate these ratios.

Source:

The Information Centre for Health and Social Care and The Department of health