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Health and Race Co-ordinators

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what discussions his Department has had with the Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham health authority about the role of health and race coordinators; [47478]

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Mr. Hutton: The Department of Health does not employ health and race coordinators and does not require organisations within the NHS to do so. However, many NHS organisations have sought to establish dedicated posts to work on issues of health, race and ethnicity, in response to the diverse needs of their local communities. Information on such posts is not collected centrally.

Similarly, although there are assessment centres for NHS staff in accessing places on a variety of courses, which are mainly linked to management schemes, there is no specific departmental policy on referring health and race coordinators to these centres. This would be a matter for the local NHS as the employer to address.

Neither has the Department had discussions with Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham health authority about health and race coordinators.

The Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham HA do not employ any social workers. They are employed for those areas by the local councils, who are responsible for all disciplinary procedures. All NHS staff have a right of appeal against a disciplinary penalty available to them. This, however, does not include suspension, which does not fall within the definition of a disciplinary penalty.

The Department of Health is committed to equality and diversity. "The NHS Plan: a plan for investment, a plan for reform", published in July 2000, recognises the need for a modern NHS to respond to the needs of our diverse, multi-cultural society.

The Department has also launched an Equalities Framework for the NHS, "The Vital Connection", in April 2000 which includes clear requirements for the NHS to promote race equality and introduces a package of standards, indicators and monitoring arrangements.

Both these documents have been placed in the Libraries of both Houses.

Lung Consultants

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many lung consultants there were in the NHS in each year since 1997 broken down by health authority. [47551]

Mr. Hutton: The information is shown in the table.

Cardio-thoracic consultants and respiratory consultants deal with lungs as part of their wider responsibilities.

Hospital medical consultants within the cardio-thoracic surgery and respiratory medicine specialties by health authority— England, at 30 September
Number

1997 1998 1999 2000 2001
HA nameCardio- thoracic surgeryRespiratory medicineCardio- thoracic surgeryRespiratory medicineCardio- thoracic surgeryRespiratory medicineCardio- thoracic surgeryRespiratory medicineCardio- thoracic surgeryRespiratory medicine
Avon10100100100101020
Barking and Havering00000
Barnet, Enfield and Haringey00000
Barnsley00000
Bedfordshire000000
Berkshire00000
Bexley, Bromley and Greenwich010000
Birmingham10101010102010201020
Bradford0000000000
Brent and Harrow101010100
Buckinghamshire00000
Bury and Rochdale0000000000
Calderdale and Kirklees00000
Cambridge10101010101010201010
Camden and Islington1001010101020102010
Cornwall and Isles of Scilly0000000000
County Durham00000
Coventry0000000000
Croydon00
Doncaster0000
Dorset000010
Dudley00000
Ealing, Hammersmith and Hounslow000000010010
East Kent0000010
East Lancashire00000010
East London and The City1010101001010101010
East Riding0000000000
East Surrey00000
East Sussex000000010010
Gateshead and South Tyneside00000
Gloucestershire000100
Herefordshire00000
Hertfordshire00000
Hillingdon0000000
Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and South East Hampshire000100
Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster10201020101010101020
Kingston and Richmond00000
Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham10102010201020202020
Leeds100010101010101010
Leicestershire100100101010101010
Lincolnshire00000
Liverpool10010010010101010
Manchester10101010101010102010
Merton, Sutton and Wandsworth000101010100010
Morecambe Bay00000
Newcastle and North Tyneside10101001001001010
Norfolk0000010010010
North and East Devon00000
North and Mid Hampshire0000
North Cheshire00000
North Cumbria00000
North Derbyshire00000
North Essex000000000
North Nottinghamshire00000000
North Staffordshire000000000
North West Lancashire0010010001000
North Yorkshire00101010
Northamptonshire00000
Northumberland0000
Nottingham0100001010101010
Oxfordshire010010010010010
Redbridge and Waltham Forest000000
Rotherham0000
Salford and Trafford00000000
Sandwell00000
Sefton1010101010
Sheffield0001001010101010
Shropshire00000
Somerset00
South and West Devon000100100100
South Cheshire00000000
South Derbyshire00000
South Essex0000000
South Humber000
South Lancashire000000000
South Staffordshire00000
Southampton and South West Hampshire10010010010101010
St. Helens and Knowsley000000000
Stockport0000000000
Suffolk0000000000
Sunderland00000
Tees1001001001010100
Wakefield00000
Walsall00000
Warwickshire000000
West Kent010010010010
West Pennine00000
West Surrey000000
West Sussex00000
Wigan and Bolton000000000
Wiltshire0000
Wirral00000
Wolverhampton00000
Worcester00000

Department of Health 2001 medical and dental workforce census

Notes:

1. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.

2. '—' denotes zero.

3. '0' denotes five or less.


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