Anaesthetics: North Yorkshire

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 15th March 2019.

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Photo of Baroness Masham of Ilton Baroness Masham of Ilton Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of anaesthetists in North Yorkshire; and whether they consider that number is adequate.

Photo of Baroness Masham of Ilton Baroness Masham of Ilton Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to ensure that sufficient staff to ensure patient safety are recruited for hospitals in rural areas.

Photo of Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014: Regulation 18 requires all providers of health and social care to provide sufficient numbers of suitably qualified, competent, skilled and experienced staff to meet the needs of the people using the service at all times.

It is the responsibility of National Health Service trusts and other health providers in England to ensure these staffing requirements are met taking into account local circumstances and professional judgement.

The number of anaesthetists in North Yorkshire is not held centrally. However, in November 2018 there were 1,158 anaesthetists in Yorkshire and the Humber.

The Department has started to roll out an extra 1,500 medical school places for domestic students, with the first 630 places taken up in September 2018. By 2020, five new medical schools will have opened to help deliver the expansion. One of the criteria for medical schools which applied for additional places was to demonstrate a commitment to sending more trainees to rural or coastal areas.

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