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Consultant Physicians: Classification

Volume 570: debated on Thursday 14 March 1996

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asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether they now classify consultant physicians in public health medicine as managers in the National Health Service and whether their number is being reduced, in the light of recent reports that 26 senior registrars in this specialty have resigned because of deteriorating promotion prospects, seven of whom have emigrated.

Consultant physicians in public health medicine are not classified as managers by the Department of Health, although they contribute to the core functions of health authorities and may undertake management functions. We have no evidence to suggest that their numbers are being reduced. In fact, the latest information available, as follows, shows an increase in the number of consultants (including directors) in public health medicine in England.

  • 1992: 390
  • 1993: 390
  • 1994: 440
(Whole time equivalents; numbers rounded to the nearest 10; figures were as at 30th September in the relevant year; source: medical and dental workforce census 1992–1994).