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Neurology

Volume 472: debated on Thursday 21 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many neurosurgeons qualified in each of the past 10 years (178726)

The Department does not hold the numbers of neurosurgeons who qualified each year because the annual national health service workforce census does not separately identify the number of consultants specialising in neurosurgery who qualify each year.

The number of consultants specialising in neurosurgery employed in the NHS in each year from 1996 to 2006 is shown in the following table.

Hospital and Community Health Services : Medical staff showing consultants and doctors in training and equivalents working in neurosurgery: England at 30 September each year

Numbers

All staff, of which:

Consultants

Doctors in training and equivalents

1996

367

124

236

1997

358

127

218

1998

371

130

231

1999

368

136

222

2000

407

139

252

2001

427

152

252

2002

466

161

280

2003

491

168

311

2004

534

180

345

2005

561

190

352

2006

553

187

358

Source: The Information Centre for health and social care Medical and Dental Workforce Census.