HC Deb 02 February 2000 vol 343 c626W
Mr. Chope

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS consultants in England are suspended on full pay; and how many have been so suspended for more than(a) three months, (b) six months and (c) nine months. [106537]

Mr. Denham

Figures are held centrally only on suspensions lasting longer than six months. As at 31 December 1999, the latest date for which figures are available, there were two consultants suspended for more than six months and 16 for more than nine months. Information is not collected on suspensions lasting less than six months.