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Area Health Authorities (Personnel)

Volume 982: debated on Tuesday 1 April 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will list the number of personnel employed by the area health authorities in each year since they were formed; if he will list the wages and salaries paid by these authorities in each of those years; and what savings he expects to emerge by their abolition.

[pursuant to his reply, 22 February 1980, c. 353–4]: The total number of staff employed by area health authorities—including senior medical staff employed by AHA(T)s—and the broadly matching annual total of salaries and wages, are as follows:

Total area employees (whole time equivalents)
30 September 1974637,000
30 September 1975680,000
30 September 1976705,000
30 September 1977708,000
30 September 1978713,000
Total salaries and wages for NHS staff employed by AHAsmillion)
1974–751,684
1975–762,224
1976–772,548
1977–782,762
1978–793,091
If the proposals in "Patients First" are implemented, after transitional costs of protection, compensation and early retirement have been met, we expect to achieve a reduction of up to 10 per cent. in the cost of managing the Service. This would mean that up to £30 million a year would be available for expenditure on services for patients.