HC Deb 19 May 2004 vol 421 cc1003-4W
Mrs. Iris Robinson

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many(a) consultants and (b) clinical specialists he estimates will be appointed within the allied health professions in the next (i) 12 months and (ii) 12 to 24 months; [173722]

(2) if he will make a statement on progress towards meeting targets for the number of consultants within the allied health professions; [173725]

(3) how many (a) clinical specialists and (b) consultants there are within the allied health professions. [173733]

Mr. Hutton

Information on numbers of clinical specialists in the allied health professions in England is not collected centrally. The Department's non-medical workforce census records is that there were 20 allied health professions consultants in England on 30 September 2003. In neither case have we made estimates of numbers for future periods.