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Nurses

Volume 22: debated on Wednesday 28 April 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will list in the Official Report the administrative duties undertaken by nursing staff in hospital wards which are at present performed by ward sisters, staff nurses and other grades.

The information requested is not available centrally. It is for health authorities to determine the content of individual nursing posts and practices will vary according to the needs of the service.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will now seek the assistance of the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service arbitration machinery to mediate between the nurses and staff side and management on the National Health Service Whitley Council.

No. The management side of the Nurses and Midwives Whitley Council turned down the staff side's request for arbitration on the grounds that its offer was realistic given the resources available to the NHS.

197819791980
NumberWhole-time equivalentsNumberWhole-time equivalentsNumberWhole-time equivalents
Student nurses52,04551,99251,99351,86751,17951,127
Pupil nurses19,36219,21319,34019,22920,35620,265
Total trainee nurses71,40771,20571,33371,09671,53571,392

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what progress he has made in his consideration of making new arrangements for determining nurses' salaries in the Whitley council; and if he will make a statement.

My right hon. Friend and I met representatives of both sides of the Nurses and Midwives Whitley Council on 17 March to discuss the development of new, permanent arrangements for nurses pay. At that meeting I was asked by my right hon. Friend to chair a small working group on which both sides of the Whitley council will be represented and which will now develop more detailed proposals. We were anxious to make progress on this difficult issue as quickly as possible and I hope that the working group will come together for its first meeting in the very near future.

197819791980
NumberWhole-time equivalents‡NumberWhole-time equivalents‡NumberWhole-time equivalents‡
Staff nurses54,38740,07955,29240,23958,24843,112
Enrolled nurses56,72948,13558,77849,41861,38752,009
Trainee nurses*71,40771,20571,33371,09671,53571,392
Total†182,523159,420185,403160,753191,170166,513
Notes:
*Nurses in training for admission to the various parts of the register and the roll.
†The slight discrepancy between the total figures shown and those in the individual categories is due to rounding.
‡Whole-time equivalents.
Information on costs of their salaries and allowances as a percentage of the total NHS budget is not available for

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the salary and allowances differential between a student nurse and a qualified junior nurse.

The estimated differentials between the average earnings of student nurses in their final year and newly-qualified State registered nurses, and between the average earnings of pupil nurses in their final year and newly-qualified State enrolled nurses, are currently £1,226 per annum and £522 per annum respectively. Average earnings for these grades include payments in addition to basic pay for working overtime and at unsocial hours.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what are the numbers of student nurses currently training in the National Health Service compared with figures for 1978, 1979, 1980, and 1981.

The total number of student and pupil nurses in training for admission to the various parts of the register and roll in the NHS in England for the years ended 30 September 1978, 1979 and 1980, the latest firm figures available, were as follows:

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will publish the numbers of student and junior nurses employed in 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, and at the current time in the National Health Service, and the total cost of their salaries and allowances as a percentage of the total National Health Service budget.

Junior nurse is not a recognised grade of nurse and cannot therefore be identified.Information as to the number of staff nurses and enrolled nurses who are on the minimum point of their pay scale—who might be considered as junior nurses—is not available centrally. The number of trainee nurses, staff nurses and enrolled nurses employed in NHS hospitals in England for the years ended 30 September 1978, 1979 and 1980, the latest firm figures available, were as follows:1978 and 1979 the figure for 1980 is 6·63 per cent., based on estimated average basic pay plus average enhancement for the grades concerned.