HC Deb 17 July 2003 vol 409 cc652-3W
Mr. Burstow

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many(a) whole time equivalent posts and (b) vacancies for (i) consultants, (ii) specialist registrars, (iii) senior house officers, (iv) nurses and (v) professions allied to medicines, specialising in pain relief there were in each year since 1997. [126349]

Mr. Hutton

Information is not available on the number of posts or vacancies for staff specialising in pain relief. Pain relief is a sub-specialty of anaesthetics. Information on whole-time equivalent staff in post for consultants, registrars and senior house officers in anaesthetics is shown in the table. Information on the number of whole-time equivalent posts in national health service trusts is not collected centrally.

Information on vacancies lasting three months or more is collected in the NHS vacancy survey which has been collected in March each year since 1999. Information specifically for the anaesthetics (inc. intensive care) specialty has only been collected since 2000. There is no comparable information on nurses or allied health professionals.

Between 1997 and 2002, the number of whole-time equivalent consultants working in anaesthetics (inc. intensive care) have increased by 40 per cent., registrars by 10 per cent., and senior house officers by 14 per cent.

Hospital medical staff within the anaesthetics (inc. intensive care) specialty—England at 30 September 2002
Whole time equivalents
1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002
Consultant 2,658.7 2,840.4 3,052.7 3,172.9 3,361.4 3,712.2
Registrar Group 1,547.4 1,583.7 1,578.3 1,605.8 1,636.8 1,706.1
Senior House Officer 1,307.4 1,267.7 1,230.5 1,282.8 1,369.2 1,488.7


Department of Health medical and dental workforce census

Department of Health Vacancies Survey—Vacancies in NHS trusts for consultants in anaesthetics (inc. intensive care) three month vacancy rates1,2 and numbers3 for total of each group
Numbers Rates (percentage)
2001 60 1.7
2002 80 2.2
1 Three month vacancies are vacancies as at 31 March each year 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 medical and dental workforce census, (whole time equivalent).
3 Numbers are rounded to the nearest 10


  1. 1. Percentages rounded to one decimal place.
  2. 2. England totals include staff from Special Health Authorities.


Department of Health Vacancies Survey 2001.