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Hospital Administration

Volume 983: debated on Wednesday 23 April 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services further to the answer given to the hon. Member for Lichfield and Tamworth of 22 October if he will give a definition of (a) "Administrators to medical staff in the hospital service "; whether this definition includes unqualified medical staff who perform quasi-medical functions such as inoculations; and (b) " Whole-time equivalent hospital medical staff"; whether the ratio of 3.4 administrators to one medical staff member represents an increase in administrative manpower on the years 1975, 1976, 1977 and 1978, respectively; if so, how this percentage compares with other English counties; and if he will publish a table of comparison in real and percentage terms for the years in question.

[pursuant to his reply, 5 November 1979, c. 57]: 1 regret that the information contained in my reply of 22 October—[Vol. 972, c. 90–1],—which was based on figures supplied by the West Midlands regional health authority, may have been misleading, and I have written to my hon. Friend.