HC Deb 26 January 1984 vol 52 cc643-4W
19. Rev. Martin Smyth

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has for increasing the number of consultant positions in hospital services in Northern Ireland.

Mr. Chris Patten

I accept that there is a need for an overall increase in consultant numbers.

However, the rate at which these can be increased is dependent upon a number of factors, not least the availability of finance.

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