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Orthopaedics: Manpower

Volume 504: debated on Friday 29 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many orthopaedic surgeons have been employed by the NHS in (a) England and (b) Gloucestershire in each of the last 10 years. (314163)

The orthopaedic surgery speciality falls under the Trauma and Orthopaedic category of the NHS Workforce Census. The following table gives the numbers for this category in the years requested.

NHS hospital and community health services (HCHS): medical staff within the trauma and orthopaedic specialty, as at 30 September each year

Numbers (headcount)

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

England

All staff

3,411

3,540

3,611

3,801

4,028

4,346

4,691

4,884

5,163

5,178

5,207

Of which:

Consultants

1,067

1,142

1,199

1,267

1,331

1,437

1,530

1,608

1,710

1,760

1,762

Gloucestershire Primary Care Trust1

All staff

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

Of which:

Consultants

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust2

All Staff

40

42

39

40

44

50

53

61

63

61

64

Of which:

Consultants

12

12

13

15

15

16

21

23

22

22

24

n/a = Not applicable.

1 Gloucestershire PCT was formed in 2006 from a complete merger of West Gloucestershire PCT, Cheltenham and Tewkesbury PCT and Cotswold and Vale PCT.

2 Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was formed in 2002 from a complete merger of East Gloucestershire NHS Trust and Gloucestershire Royal NHS Trust. Figures have been aggregated to allow comparison.

Data quality:

Workforce statistics are compiled from data sent by more than 300 NHS trusts and PCTs in England. The NHS Information Centre for health and social care liaises closely with these organisations to encourage submission of complete and valid data and seeks to minimise inaccuracies and the effect of missing and invalid data. Processing methods and procedures are continually being updated to improve data quality. Where this happens any impact on figures already published will be assessed but unless this is significant at national level they will not be changed. Where there is impact only at detailed or local level this will be footnoted in relevant analyses.

Source:

The NHS Information Centre for health and social care Medical and Dental Workforce Census