§ Tim Loughton
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS consultants retired in each year since 1997. 
§ Mr. Hutton
[holding answer 24 May 2002]: The figures in the table show the number of consultants who received a pension award, from the National Health Service Pension Scheme, in each of the financial years 1116W 1997 to 2001. The figures include all types of retirement, including age, ill health, voluntary early, preserved pensions, and premature, which may be subject to retrospective adjustment following validation processes.
Year Consultant Pension Awards 1997 415 1998 450 1999 400 2000 403 2001 497 Total 2,165