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Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many orthopaedic surgeons have been employed by the NHS in (a) England and (b) Gloucestershire in each of the last 10 years. 
Ann Keen: The orthopaedic surgery speciality falls under the Trauma and Orthopaedic category of the NHS Workforce Census. The following table gives the numbers for this category in the years requested.
|NHS hospital and community health services (HCHS): medical staff within the trauma and orthopaedic specialty, as at 30 September each year|
|n/a = Not applicable.|
(1) Gloucestershire PCT was formed in 2006 from a complete merger of West Gloucestershire PCT, Cheltenham and Tewkesbury PCT and Cotswold and Vale PCT.
(2) Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was formed in 2002 from a complete merger of East Gloucestershire NHS Trust and Gloucestershire Royal NHS Trust. Figures have been aggregated to allow comparison.
Workforce statistics are compiled from data sent by more than 300 NHS trusts and PCTs in England. The NHS Information Centre for health and social care liaises closely with these organisations to encourage submission of complete and valid data and seeks to minimise inaccuracies and the effect of missing and invalid data. Processing methods and procedures are continually being updated to improve data quality. Where this happens any impact on figures already published will be assessed but unless this is significant at national level they will not be changed. Where there is impact only at detailed or local level this will be footnoted in relevant analyses.
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