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Health Services (North-West)

Volume 82: debated on Tuesday 2 July 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what were the total numbers employed by the National Health Service in the north-west region in 1978–79 and 1983–84.

The available figures are shown in the table. They relate to 30 September in each of the financial years requested; annual average staff numbers are not available.

Total NHS Directly Employed Staff in North Western Region
*†Whole-time equivalents
1978‡1983
Total NHS staff including agency Nursing and Midwifery staff and locum Medical and Dental staff)66,80076,100
Notes:—
* Excludes hospital practitioners, part-time medical officers (clerical assistants), general medical practitioners participating in hospital staff funds, occasional sessional staff in the community health services and overseas doctors in the NHS fellowship scheme.
† Figures are not adjusted for the reduction in nurses' working hours (from 40 to 37½ hours per week) in 1980
‡ Figures for bank nurses were collected on a separate manual return in September 1983