§ Mr. Hutton
The numbers of doctors working in paediatric pathology is not collected centrally. Census data are collected on 30 September of each year and the 2002 census will be available early 2003.
Paediatric pathology is a sub-specialty of histopathology. The numbers of doctors working in histopathology is shown in the table.
Hospital medical consultants within the histopathology speciality, England At 30 September Number 1997 770 1998 830 1999 840 2000 860 2001 920
Figures are rounded to the nearest 10
Department of Health medical and dental workforce census
We continually review future requirements for trained specialists as part of the national health service's new multi-disciplinary work force planning processes. These will look at the requirements for doctors alongside other staff focusing on the potential for new ways of working and developing new roles.
The children's care group work force team will be reviewing paediatric services as part of its role in supporting the children's national service framework team in developing the work force aspect of the new national service framework.