§ Mrs. Faith
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if his proposals to change the balance of numbers between senior hospital staff and junior hospital staff so that the number of consultants would double by 1991 will apply to the numbers of consultants in the dental profession.
§ Mr. Geoffrey Finsberg
Over the next 15 years, our aim is that the numbers of posts in hospital training grades in dentistry, as in medicine, should be in proportion to likely career opportunities. The ratio between numbers of posts in training and in career grades varies between medical specialties and between medicine and dentistry; while to correct the present imbalance the overall numbers of consultant posts would need to double, so large an increase will not be required in dentistry.