§ Helen Jones
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many consultant anaesthetists posts are currently vacant in each NHS trust in the North West Region. 
§ Mr. Denham
The information requested is not available. As my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health indicated to the Health Committee recently, a survey of National Health Service staff shortages will be conducted shortly. The results of this survey will be discussed with interested organisations.
§ Helen Jones
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many whole-time equivalent anaesthetists are employed by each NHS trust in the North West Region; and what is the average number of clinical sessions scheduled per week by each trust. 
§ Mr. Denham
The latest available information about the numbers of whole-time equivalent anaesthetists employed by each National Health Service trust in the North West Region is shown in the table. Information about the number of clinical sessions scheduled per week by each trust is not available.
NHS Hospital Medical Staff in Anaesthetics in the North West Region of England by NHS trust at 30 September 1997 Whole time equivalents Trusts in North West Region All staff All Hospital Medical Staff in Anaesthetics 880 Aintree Hospitals NHS Trust 40 Blackburn Hyndburn and Ribble Valley Health Care NHS Trust 30 Blackpool Victoria Hospital NHS Trust 40 Bolton Hospitals NHS Trust 30 Burnley Healthcare NHS Trust 20 Bury Healthcare NHS Trust 20 Central Manchester Healthcare NHS Trust 60 Chorley and South Ribble NHS Trust 20 Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Trust 20 East Cheshire NHS Trust 10 Furness Hospitals NHS Trust 10 Halton General Hospital NHS Trust 10 Lancaster Acute Hospitals NHS Trust 20 Liverpool Womens Hospital NHS Trust 10 North Manchester Healthcare NHS Trust 30 Oldham NHS Trust 30 Preston Acute Hospitals NHS Trust 40 Rochdale Healthcare NHS Trust 20
NHS Hospital Medical Staff in Anaesthetics in the North West Region of England by NHS trust at 30 September 1997 Whole time equivalents Trusts in North West Region All staff Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust 40 Royal Liverpool Children's NHS Trust 20 Salford Royal Hospitals NHS Trust 40 South Manchester University Hospitals NHS Trust 70 Southport and Formby Hospitals Services NHS Trust 10 St. Helens and Knowsley Hospitals NHS Trust 30 Stockport Acute Services NHS Trust 30 Tameside and Glossop Acute Services NHS Trust 20 The Cardiothoracic Centre—Liverpool NHS Trust 10 The Manchester Children's Hospitals NHS Trust 20 The Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Trust 20 Trafford Healthcare NHS Trust 20 Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery NHS Trust 0 Warrington Hospitals NHS Trust 20 West Lancashire NHS Trust 10 Wigan and Leigh Health Service NHS Trust 20 Wirral Hospital NHS Trust 30 Wrightington Hospital NHS Trust 10
1. Figures rounded to nearest ten
2. '0' denotes 5 or less
3. Totals may not equal sum of components due to rounding
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