HC Deb 06 December 1978 vol 959 c700W
Mr. Rooker

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will list those organisations which control the level of establishment of consultants working within the National Health Service on a whole-or part-time basis for the various specialties and outline the procedure used when a change in establishment is proposed; and if he will make a statement on why his Department makes such decisions.

Mr. Moyle:

Regional health authorities and boards of governors apply to my Department for approval to establish new consultant posts. Applications are considered on the advice of the central manpower committee, a joint body between my Department and representatives of the medical profession. These central controls are aimed at establishing a proper balance between the numbers of training grade and career posts, reducing regional inequalities and improving recruitment to the shortage specialties.