§ Mr. Burstow
To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many cardiac interventionists there were in the UK who are able to perform percutaneous coronary interventions using stints; and how many vacancies exist for(a) one month, (b) one to three months and (c) three months or longer; 
(2) how many cardiac surgeons there are in the UK who are able to perform open heart surgery; and how many vacancies have existed for (a) one month, (b) one to three months and (c) three months or longer. 
§ Mr. Hutton
The information requested is not collected centrally.
As at September 2001, the number of cardio-thoracic surgeons in England was 204. We are unable to ascertain how many of these surgeons perform percutaneous coronary interventions using stents or open heart surgery.
The three month vacancy rate for cardio-thoracic surgery is shown in the table.
Department of Health Vacancies Survey March 2001 Vacancies in England for consultants in the specialty—cardio thoracic surgery England Three month vacancy rates (%) 1.6 Three month vacancies (wte) 0 Staff in post (wte) 180 (hc) 200
1. Three month vacancies are vacancies as at 31 March 2001 which trusts are actively trying to fill, which had lasted for three months or more (whole time equivalents).
2. Three month vacancy rates are three month vacancies expressed as a percentage of three month vacancies plus staff in post from the September 2000 medical and dental work force census (whole time equivalent).
3. Vacancy and staff in post numbers are rounded to the nearest 10, 0 being between 0–5.
4. Percentages are rounded to one decimal place.
5. Due to rounding calculating the vacancy rates using the above data may not equal the actual vacancy rates.
Department of Health Vacancy Survey 2001
Department of Health medical and dental work force Census 2000153W