§ Mrs. Renée Short
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many cardiologists there are; and what is their distribution across the regional health authorities.
§ Mr. Kenneth Clarke
At 30 September 1983 there were 128 consultants (including senior Hospital Medical Officers with allowance) in the specialty of cardiology in England. Their distribution across regional health authorities is shown in the following table. In addition there are a number of consultant physicians with a special interest in cardiology, but details are not available centrally.
Region Number Northern 8 Yorkshire 9 Trent 6 East Anglia 3 North West Thames 11 North East Thames 14 South East Thames 14 South West Thames 9 Wessex 7 Oxford 7 South Western 2 West Midlands 16 Mersey 6 North Western 10 London postgraduate teaching hospitals 27 Total of the above* 149 England total 128 * Some doctors hold contracts in more than one region, so the sum of the regional figures will exceed the England total.