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Hospitals: Consultants

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 9801, tabled on 29 January 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of a reduction in the recruitment of consultants on the rate of closures of A&E departments.

Answered on

3 February 2020

Overall, there are 49,068 full time equivalent (FTE) consultants employed in National Health Service trusts and clinical commissioning groups in England, up by 34.1% (12,475 FTE) since 2010.

It is the responsibility of NHS trusts to have staffing arrangements in place that deliver safe and effective care. This includes recruiting the appropriate professionals needed to support these levels and meet local needs.

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