HC Deb 03 April 1973 vol 854 cc54-5W
Dr. John A. Cunningham

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many vacancies at present exist in National Health Service hospitals for specialists in ear, nose and throat illnesses.

Mr. Alison

The effective strength in post—in whole-time equivalents—of consultants was 263 on 30th September last. There were 23 vacancies, which included newly-established posts waiting to be filled and posts held by locums—again in terms of whole-time equivalents. These figures are provisional.