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Hospital Chaplains

Volume 116: debated on Tuesday 12 May 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many hospital chaplains have been officially appointed in each health region in England and Wales, broken down by ecclesiastical denomination.

The appointment of hospital chaplains is a matter for health authorities. Information on the number of part-time chaplains is not held centrally. Although we estimate there may be over 4,000 such appointments in England, there are no details of the denominations from which they come. The numbers of full-time chaplains in England are given in the table; three are from Free Church denominations and one is Roman Catholic, while the remainder are Anglicans. Figures for Wales are the responsibility of my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Wales.

Numbers of whole-time chaplains employed in the NHS at 30 September
RegionNumbers
Northern RHA10
Yorkshire RHA10
Trent RHA15
East Anglian RHA4
North West Thames RHA18
North East Thames RHA16
South East Thames RHA20
South West Thames RHA17
Wessex RHA13
Oxford RHA6
South Western RHA7
West Midlands RHA18
Mersey RHA10
North Western RHA9
London PG(T)3
England Total176

Source: DHSS Annual census of NHS non-medical manpower.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will list in the Official Report, hospitals, broken down by health region in England and Wales, whose annual turnover of in-patients averages more than 25 per cent. of people of a religious faith other than Christian and which do not have the official services of a hospital chaplain whose denomination is non-Christian.

Deaths from drowning, road accidents and horse-riding, England and Wales 1976–86
Drowning (994·1)2Road accidents (E810–E829)2Horse riding3
19761,1886,11510
19771,0815,9438
19781,0906,77220
19791,1565,9278
19801,1945,90511
19811,1344,15010
19821,1165,38019
19831,0775,22118
19849715,17223
19859854,97315
198619084,89513
1Provisional. Excludes registered deaths to non-residents of England and Wales
2International Classification of Diseases 8th and 9th Revisions.
3 Figures taken from a special OPCS study of sporting and leisure deaths. Because of a change in the collection of this data in 1982, figures prior to this year are not strictly comparable to those after; (for details of the changes in 1982, see OPCS Monitor DH4 84/3, "Fatal Accidents occuring during sporting and leisure activities, 1982".)