HC Deb 16 March 1993 vol 221 cc182-3W
Ms Primarolo

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what was the average number of hours worked by(a) consultants and (b) junior hospital doctors in England in each of the past five years (i) by region and (ii) nationally.

Dr. Mawhinney

Information on the average hours worked by consultants and junior hospital doctors is not available centrally. Information on regional averages could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

The average weekly contracted hours for junior hospital doctors in England is available for the period 1988–91, as at 30 September each year, as follows: 1988:82 hours 1989:81 hours 1990:80 hours 1991: 80 hours (all figures rounded to the nearest whole hour).

Mr. Pickthall

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many junior hospital doctors worked fewer than 83 hours a week as at 1 March; and how many remain above that figure.

Category 1987–88 1988–89 1989–90 1990–91 1991–92
Children under 16 1,541,180 1,560,390 1,842,550
Students under 19 334,000 346,220 410,150
People on income support/family credit 1,129,970 1,380,240 1,650,570
Holders of exemption certificate AG2 171,980 215,200 271,990
Registered blind/partially sighted 14,540 14,880 21,880
Those who need certain complex lenses 36,760 49,230 62,250
Diagnosed diabetes/glaucoma sufferers 255,430 324,920 384,380
Relatives aged 40 and over of diagnosed glaucoma sufferers 165,120 262,580 335,660
New scheme 3,649,000 4,153,660 4,979,420
Old scheme 11,694,800 12,392,830 1,630,750
Total1 11,694,800 12,492,830 5,279,750 4,153,660 4,979,420
1From April 1989, national health service sight tests were restricted to certain groups in the population. The sight tests paid for in 1989–90 include some conducted prior to 1 April 1989—old scheme—when national health service sight tests were universally available. The remainder paid for in 1989–90 do not represent a full year under the new system, because of the delay in payments. The figure for 1989–90 is not, therefore, directly comparable with that for 1990–91.

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