HC Deb 16 May 1995 vol 260 c163W
22. Mrs. Mahon

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action her Department is taking in respect of the number of consultant oncologists in the NHS. [22872]

Mr. Malone

Establishment of consultant posts is the responsibility of individual employers, who have regard to the needs of the local population and available resources. The specialist work force advisory group advises the Department on the number of higher specialist trainees needed in each specialty to provide an appropriate supply of suitably qualified candidates for consultant posts.

The number of medical staff, including consultants, in oncology is shown in the table.

Hospital medical staff in medical oncology and clinical oncology (radiotherapy) by grade
England—30 September 1993
Whole time equivalent
Grade Medical oncology Clinical oncology Total
Consultant 40 200 240
Senior Registrar 20 50 70
Registrar 10 70 80
Senior House Officer 30 100 130
House Officer 10 10 20
Other grades 10 20 30
Totals 120 450 570


Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.