§ Mrs. Renée Short
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will list the consultants to junior doctors ratio in hospitals in each year since 1979; and what plans he has to bring about changes to the ratio.
§ Mr. Hayhoe
The consultant to junior ratios in hospitals for the years 1979 to 1984 in England are shown in the table:
Ratio—consultant:junior doctors* Ratio 1979 1:1.78 1980 1:1.76 1981 1:1.76 1982 1:1.75 1983 1:1.74 1984 1:.69 * Whole time equivalents, excluding locums.
I am considering what further action would be appropriate to achieve the object of providing a greater proportion of patient care by consultants.