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Hospital Staffs

Volume 927: debated on Tuesday 8 March 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) if he will publish in the Official Report the numbers of (a) non-medical professional and technical staff, (b) ancillary staff, (c) administrative and clerical staff in the National Health hospital service in 1966 and 1976;(2) if he will publish in the

Official Report the number of ( a) doctors and ( b) nurses in the National Health Service hospital service in 1966 and 1976.

I regret that information in precisely the form requested is not readily available. In particular, non-medical staffing statistics for 1976 are not

yet available. I would refer my hon. Friend to the tables in Appendices 2BII and 2BIV in my Department's evidence to the General Sub-Committee of the Select Committee on Expenditure (HC 368—xii), which set out the readily available information on the growth of these staff groups.