§ Dr. Roger Thomas
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what financial saving has been made by each English region by virtue of its having unfilled consultant vacancies.
§ Dr. Vaughan
I regret that reliable estimates cannot be made centrally. Adequate data are not available about the duration of vacancies, periods covered by the use of locums or additional sessions undertaken by other consultants, and the extent to which suitably qualified staff are acting up to cover vacancies.