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National Health Service Staff

Volume 955: debated on Thursday 3 August 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will list in the Official Report the total number of (a) general practitioners, (b) hospital medical staff, (c) nurses and midwives, (d) hospital auxiliary employees, and (e) dentists employed in the National Health Service in Great Britain at the nearest convenient date in 1978 and the comparable figures for 1968.

I regret that the most recent information available for all these groups is for 1976. On as nearly comparable a basis as possible, the information is as follows in respect of England and Wales.

30th September
General medical19681976
General dental
Hospital medical staff21,23229,251
Hospital dental staff695906
Hospital nursing and
midwifery staff241,294320,129
Ancillary staff†176,759185,145
* Excludes hospital practitioner and para 94 and 107 appointments.
† These figures are not truly comparable since the 1968 figure is for hospital services only, whereas the 1976 figure is for all NHS ancillary staff. Figures for practitioners are numbers, for other staff whole time equivalents.