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House of Commons Hansard
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Hospitals: Consultants
23 March 2010
Volume 508
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To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) distinction awards and (b) clinical excellence awards were made to hospital consultants in each of the last five years; and what the (i) monetary value per grade and (ii) total monetary value of each such award was in each of those years. [323811]

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The last new distinction award was made in 2003.

From 2004, clinical excellence awards were made as a replacement for distinction awards. The number of new national clinical excellence awards granted in the last five years, by award level and the monetary value of each award, is shown in the following table:

Award year

Award level

Number of new awards granted

Monetary value (£)

2009

Bronze

332

35,484

Silver

186

46,644

Gold

52

58,305

Platinum

31

75,796

2008

Bronze

344

34,956

Silver

159

45,955

Gold

42

57,443

Platinum

31

74,676

2007

Bronze

338

34,200

Silver

178

44,965

Gold

28

56,206

Platinum

32

73,068

2006

Bronze

330

33,970

Silver

157

44,657

Gold

47

55,821

Platinum

38

72,567

2005

Bronze

325

33,468

Silver

154

43,997

Gold

60

54,996

Platinum

34

71,495

Notes: 1. The information in the table does not include information on local clinical excellence awards (employer-based awards) which are given by trusts. 2. It is not possible to quantify the number of awards given specifically to hospital consultants without incurring disproportionate cost. The figures given are for all eligible consultants and will include clinical academics and consultants in a non-hospital setting. 3. It is not possible to calculate the total monetary value of each award without incurring disproportionate cost. Awards are paid to consultants pro rata. Historical information is not retained in the format required.