HC Deb 17 June 2002 vol 387 cc142-3W
Dr. Fox

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many doctors were working in paediatric pathology in(a) March 1997, (b) March 1998, (c) March 1999, (d) March 2000, (e) March 2001 and (f) March 2002. [61456]

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.

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