HC Deb 04 July 1978 vol 953 cc138-9W
Mr. Nicholas Winterton

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the number of orthopaedic consultants per 10,000 population in (a) the Macclesfield Health District, (b) the Cheshire Area Health Authority and (c) the Merseyside Region.

Mr. Deakins

The number of whole-time equivalent consultants in traumatic and orthopaedic surgery per 10,000 population in the Mersey region was 0–1 at 30th September 1977. Information about areas and districts is not collected centrally.

1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976
(i) With observation and assessment facilities 3.9 4.2 4.8 4.8 5.3 5.0
(ii) Other homes with education on the premises 7.7 6.7 7.1 6.7 6.2 6.8
(iii) Others 19.0 18.9 19.3 21.4 23.1 23.4

Because of the phased introduction of the community homes system, and other changes, the figures for the years 1971 to 1973 are derived from those for children accommodated in approved schools, reception centres, remand homes and other local authority homes. Consequently the figures for these years are not directly comparable with subsequent years.