HC Deb 26 February 2004 vol 418 cc560-1W
Miss McIntosh

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 4 February 2004,Official Report, column 967W, on medical students, what assessment he has made of the numbers of female doctors working (a) in general practice and (b) in hospitals wishing to (i) work part-time and (ii) take career breaks; and what impact this is having on the NHS. [155683]

Mr. Hutton

The number of female doctors working in hospitals and in general practice who are part time is shown in the table. Information on the number of doctors who take career breaks is not available.

The proportion of staff who are working part time and the impact of this on participation in the workforce is factored into the Department's and the National Health Service's workforce planning processes.

Hospital, Public Health Medicine and Community Health

Services (HCHS) Staff and General Medical Practitioners

Female doctors working part-time

England, as at 30 September 2002 Numbers (headcount)
All staff of which:


of which:


All doctors1 104,460 38,755 11,647
of which:
HCHS Staff1 72,168 26,159 5,566
of which:
Medical Staff1 68,514 24,478 4,714
of which:
Consultant 26,408 6,406 1,892
Associate Specialist/Staff Grade 6,790 2,438 988
Registrar Group 13,450 5,208 841
Senior House Officer 16,685 7,493 288
House Officer 3,953 2,042 18
Other CHS 1,228 891 687
General Medical Practitioners2 32,292 12,596 6,081
of which:
Unrestricted Principals and

Equivalents (UPEs)3

28,031 9,626 4,356
Restricted Principals 86 41 11
Assistants 455 284 231
GP Registrars 1,980 1,199 165
Salaried Doctors (Para 52 SPA) 87 54 28
PMS Other 543 305 203
GP Retainers 1,110 1,087 1,087
1Excludes Hospital Medical Hospital Practitioners and Hospital Medical Clinical Assistants most of whom are GPs working part time in hospitals.
2All Practitioners include UPEs, Restricted Principals, Assistants, GP Registrars, Salaried Doctors (Para 52 SFA), PMS Other and GP Retainers.
3UPEs include QMS Unrestricted Principals, PMS Contracted GPs and PMS Salaried GPs.
Department of Health Medical and Dental Workforce Census.
Department of Health General and Personal Medical Services Statistics.

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