Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust: Ophthalmology

Health written question – answered on 27th March 2007.

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Photo of Julie Kirkbride Julie Kirkbride Conservative, Bromsgrove

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) occupied consultant posts and (b) locums there are in the opthalmology units of the (i) Alexandra and Princess of Wales, (ii) Worcester Royal and (iii) Kidderminster hospitals; and what population is served by each.

Photo of Rosie Winterton Rosie Winterton The Minister of State, Department of Health

The information requested is not available in the format requested.

The Department collects data on the number of consultants and locums working in the ophthalmology speciality, but these are at national health service trust level rather than by individual hospital. Data on the number of consultants and locums working in ophthalmology in Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs the Alexandra, Worcester Royal and Kidderminster hospitals as at 30 September 2005, are shown in the table. The same data source show that Worcester primary care trust (PCT), which runs the Princess of Wales community hospital, did not have any ophthalmology staff working for them in the same time period.

Number
All staff 18
Of which consultants 7
Of which locums 0
Note: Locum data are not collected to the same level of detail and validation as the main workforce census. Locum figures are therefore rounded to the nearest 10 due to data quality. Locum data exclude staff who already hold a substansive contract. Source: The Information Centre for health and social care medical and dental workforce census.

The Department holds data on population numbers, but this is at PCT-level rather than by individual hospital. The general practitioner (GP) population data collected in April 2005 for GP relevant populations as at April 2004, showed Worcester PCT as serving a population of 542,261. Please note that these data have been constrained to the Office for National Statistics 2004 mid-year population estimates, based on the 2001 Census, but do not include armed forces and some prisoners.

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stan bloxham
Posted on 29 Mar 2007 2:27 pm (Report this annotation)

to get the answer in the form she wanted , Julie should have asked the PCT directly, then if answer showed a gross deficiency of consultants relative to population, she could castigate the minister!