§ Dr. Godman
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many hospital consultants have been dismissed from their employment with national health service hospitals in each of the past 15 years; of those how many were reinstated following a successful appeal to him; and if he will make a statement.
§ Lord James Douglas-Hamilton
[holding answer 27 February 1995]: Information on dismissals is not held centrally. The NHS management executive is informed of dismissals only when a consultant appeals to the Secretary of State against termination of the contract of employment. Since 1983, the earliest date of available records, there have been six such appeals by NHS consultants, two of which resulted in reinstatement.