HC Deb 09 August 1972 vol 842 cc502-3W
Mr. St. John-Stevas

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many full-time and part-time gynaecologists are in practice in England and Wales at the present time.

Sir K. Joseph

The relevant figures relate to National Health Service hospital doctors in the specialty of gynaecology and obstetrics as a whole. The numbers at 30th September, 1971, the latest date for which information is available, were as follows:—

Grade Whole-time Part-time Honorary* Total
Consultant 59 493 53 605
Senior Hospital Medical Officer, Medical Assistant, Senior Registrar and other senior staff 96 26 18 140
Registrar and below See note† 1,384
* Honorary staff are normally university staff doing hospital work for part of their time.
† Staff in the registrar grade and below are almost entirely whole-time.