As of 30/9/08 there were 990 Consultant Gastroenterologists across the UK, an increase of 5.5% over the last year.  During 2001-2005 there was a consistent, approximate 7% growth in posts across the UK – this rate slowed to 2.3% in 2006 but increased somewhat in 2007 and more so during the past 12 months.  Data for different parts of the UK are shown below.  The agreed long-term aim is that there should be around 6 whole-time equivalent gastroenterologists per 250,000, which equates to around 1900 consultant posts in the UK and 1625 posts in England (see page 9 for details). There was little evidence of difficulty in appointing consultants in gastroenterology, with only 6 of 71 of  (8%) advertised posts in England, Wales and N Ireland not appointed over the past year (RCP data, figs for Scotland not available).  159 (16%) consultants reported that they were not members of the BSG – down from 178 consultants last year.