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District Health Authorities (Expenditure)

Volume 115: debated on Tuesday 5 May 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) if he will give the capital and revenue expenditure for the Worcester district health authority for each year from 1978–79 onwards;(2) if he will give the capital and revenue expenditure for the Bromsgrove and Redd itch district health authority for each year from 1978–79 onwards.

The information available centrally is shown in the table. Before 1 April 1982 both districts formed part of the Hereford and Worcester area health authority and information on a district basis was not collected centrally. If my hon. Friend wishes to seek information for the earlier years I suggest that he contacts the chairmen of the district health authorities.

NHS directly employed staff in post1 at 30 September
United Kingdom
Whole-time equivalent2
1979976,800
19851,030,200

Source: DHSS Annual Censuses of NHS Medical and non-Medical Manpower, Welsh Office, Scottish Health Services Common Services Agency, Department of Health and Social Services (Northern Ireland).

1 Includes agency nursing and midwifery staff. Includes all permanent (whole-time, part-time, honorary) and locum medical and dental staff in the hospital and community health services. (Locum figures for Northern Ireland are not included.)

2 Figures are independently rounded to the nearest one hundred (100) whole-time equivalents.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many staff are employed in each category in the National Health Service in the northern region; and how many were so employed in 1978.

NHS staff in post in Northern Regional Health Authority1 at 30 September

Whole-time equivalent

1978

1986 (Provisional)

Medical and Dental22,4502,820
Nursing and Midwifery3 422,97027,350
Professional and Technical (exWorks)53,2404,510
Works370470
Maintenance1,3601450
Administrative and Clerical5,7006,260
Ambulance (including officers)1,4301,400
Ancillary511,7409,200
Total directly employed staff49,25053,470

Source: DHSS Annual Censuses of NHS Medical and Non-Medical Manpower.

1 Figures are independently rounded to the nearest ten (10) whole-time equivalents.

2 Includes Hospital Practitioners, Part-time Medical and Dental officers (clinical assistants) and locums.

3 Includes agency staff.

4 Figures not adjusted to take account of the change in nurses' working hours in 1980 (reduced from 40 to 37·5 hours weekly).

5 On I April 1984 Operating Department Assistants (ODAs) transferred from Ancillary to Professional and Technical staff group. Figures for 1986 are not therefore strictly comparable with those for 1978. (At 31 March 1984 there were some 120 (wte) ODAs employed by the Northern Regional Health Authority).