Written Answers. - Consultant Appointments.

Bernard Allen

Question:

381 Mr. Allen asked the Minister for Health and Children the number of approved permanent consultant posts as of 1 March 2001; the number of these which are filled; and the position in each health board area by speciality. [8038/01]

The number and regulation of hospital consultants is a matter for Comhairle na nOspidéal. The most recent figures available are for 1 January 2001. There are 1,560 approved consultant posts, of which 1,313 are filled. The number of approved posts in each health board area by specialty is as follows:

ERHA

Mid-West

Midland

North-East

North-West

South-East

South

West

Total

A&E

11

1

0

1

2

1

2

3

21

Anaesthesia

110

17

10

15

15

20

28

25

240

Intensive Care

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

Medicine

142

18

9

15

14

19

40

27

284

Obs-Gynae

38

6

4

7

6

9

9

10

89

Paediatric

39

5

4

6

6

9

7

8

84

Pathology

80

6

3

6

6

8

16

15

140

Psychiatry

108

18

13

16

16

25

27

23

246

Radiology

70

8

7

9

8

10

20

15

147

Surgery

151

22

11

17

15

25

39

28

308

Total

749

102

61

92

88

126

188

154

1,560

I have asked Comhairle na nOspidéal to supply the outstanding information to the Deputy.