§ Mrs. Renée Short
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many consultant posts are unfilled in the West Midlands; what percentage of the establishment this represents; and if he will list the specialties where posts are unfilled.
§ Sir George Young
The latest complete information available centrally on vacant consultant posts relates to 30 September 1979 when there were 56 consultant posts, representing just under 5 75W per cent. of total filled and unfilled posts, without a permanent holder in medical specialities in the West Midlands region. The unfilled posts were in the following specialties:
General Medicine 1 Paediatrics 3 Diseases of the chest 5 Dermatology 2 Rheumatology and rehabilitation 1 Genito-urinary medicine 1 Clinical pharmacology and therapeutics 1 Geriatric medicine 1 Clinical neuro-physiology 1 General surgery 1 Ear, nose and throat 4 Traumatics and orthorpaedic surgery 1 Ophthalmology 2 Radiotheraphy 3 Plastic surgery 1 Mental illness 1 Child and adolescent psychiatry 3 Psychotherapy 2 General pathology 1 Histopathology 2 Medical microbology 3 Radiology 3 Anaesthetics 11