HC Deb 04 April 1989 vol 150 cc79-80W
Mr. Tom Clarke

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many consultants there are working full-time in psychogeriatrics in the United Kingdom; and how many people over the age of 65 years there are per consultant.

Mr. Mellor

We do not hold this information centrally at present. Psychogeriatrics has been established recently as a separate specialty and there are plans to collect manpower figures in the future. In a joint report published in February this year, the Royal Colleges of Psychiatrists and Physicians estimated that there are currently 243 consultants working in old-age psychiatry and that at the end of 1986 about 70 per cent. of the United Kingdom elderly population had a specialist psychogeriatric service available to them. These figures represent a considerable advance in recent years.

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