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Health Authority Staff

Volume 124: debated on Monday 7 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will give for each health authority the total number of nursing staff employed in (a) 1979, where possible, (b) 1982 and (c) 1986.

The available information is in the table. Data for district health authorities could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

NHS Nursing and Midwifery Staff (including agency) by Regional Health Authority at 30 September
Whole-time equivalent12
Region197919821986
Northern23,90026,40027,400
Yorkshire27,00030,00030,300
Trent32,50035,40037,100
East Anglian12,80014,40015,600
North West Thames26,80029,10028,700
North East Thames30,90035,10034,300
South East Thames29,00031,60030,400
South West Thames23,80025,00024,400
Wessex19,70021,60023,100
Oxford14,70016,70016,900
South Western23,60026,10027,000
West Midlands36,30041,10042,500
Mersey21,00022,50022,300
North Western32,20037,00037,900
London Post-Graduate Special Health
Authorities4,1005,2004,900
England358,400397,100402,700
Source: DHSS — Annual Census of NHS Non-medical Manpower.
1 Figures are independently rounded to the nearest one hundred (100) whole-time equivalents.
2 No adjustments have been made for the change in nurses' working hours (from 40 to 37·5 hours per week) during 1980–81.