§ Sandra Gidley
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many(a) consultant geriatricians and(b) geriatricians below the level of consultant were employed by the NHS in each year since 1997. 
§ Mr. Hutton
The table shows the number of consultants in geriatric medicine and geriatricians below the level of consultant who were employed by the national health service in each year since 1997.
Hospital, Public Health Medicine and Community Health Services (HCHS): Consultant grade and other staff with a specialty in geriatric medicine England1 Number (headcount) All staff of which: Consultants Non-consultants3 June 2003 2— 894 2— 2002 2,707 861 1,846 2001 2,558 781 1,777 2000 2,572 767 1,805 1999 2,505 719 1,786 1998 2,560 712 1,848 1997 2,527 677 1,850 1Data as at 30 September except 2003, where data as at 30 June. 2Data not available. This is due to 2003 data being taken from the mini census, which collected consultants only. 3Grades below the level of consultant include staff grade, associate specialist, registrar group, senior house officer, house officer, hospital practitioner, clinical assistant and other staff.
Department of Health medical and dental workforce census.
The number of consultants employed by the NHS in geriatric medicine has increased by 32 per cent. between September 1997 and June 2003.