HC Deb 20 May 2002 vol 386 c151W
Mr. Sheerman

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many medical consultants(a) are suspended and (b) have been suspended in each of the last five years. [55691]

Mr. Hutton

National Health Service trusts report suspensions lasting six months or longer to the Department. As at 31 December 2001, the latest date for which figures are available, of the 29 hospital and community medical and dental staff who have been suspended for more than six months, 23 are consultants.

The number of consultants suspended for more than six months in each the last five years is as follows:

Year Numbers
19971 4
1998 16
1999 14
2000 19
2001 18
1 This information is unlikely to be accurate due to the data collection methods used at the time.