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Nhs (Pay Bill)

Volume 114: debated on Tuesday 7 April 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what was the total wage and salary bill of the National Health Service for 1985–86, broken down by (a) medical and dental, (b) nurses and midwives, (c) administration and clerical, (d) ancillary and (e) other staff; what was the average pay level for each category; and what the percentage change in the average pay level from 1984–85.

The information requested is shown in the table:

Staff group(1) Expenditure 1985–86 Financial year £ million(2) Average pay level £ thousand(3) Change in average pay since 1984–85 Financial year Per cent.
Medical and Dental1,02423·86·3
Nurses and Midwives3,2108·18·6
Administration and Clerical7737·54·7
Other staff1,1339·6n.a.


(1) Figures in column 1 are for hospital and community health services in England. They are derived from the summarised accounts of health authorities and include employers' national insurance and superannuation contributions but exclude agency staff.

(2) Figures for "other staff" in column 1 cover professions allied to medicine, professional and technical staff Whitley B, scientific and professional staff, maintenance staff and ambulance men.

(3) The figures shown in column 3 include pay increases awarded during the financial year 1985–86. In some cases these were paid in full from February 1986.

n.a. = Not appropriate.