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Bradford Area Health Authority

Volume 77: debated on Wednesday 24 April 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what has been the change in real terms for the Bradford district health authority between 1978 and 1983 in the (a) number of inpatient cases treated by hospitals, (b) number of day cases treated by hospitals, (c) number of outpatient attendances dealt with by hospitals, (d) spending on health services and (e) number of doctors and nurses.

[pursuant to his reply, 1 April 1985, c. 497]: I am now able to respond to my hon. Friend as follows:(e)

Number of Doctors and Nurses

Medical Practitioners

Figures for Senior Registrars and Consultants are not included as figures held centrally as not split by district.

Medical Staff

Change

1978

1983

Number

Percentage

272292+20+7·3

Nursing and Midwifery Staff

The earliest available figures that relate to district health authorities are for 30 September 1979. It is therefore not possible to provide the figures required. However, comparison of 1979 and 1983 is as follows:

Nursing Staff (Whole Time Equivalents)

Change

1979

1983

Number

Percentage

2,6752,940+265+9·9

Any comparison of cost or manpower against throughout of patients is an extremely crude measure because it does not take into account varying factors such as age of patients and type and complexity of treatment given.