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|
|North West Thames||26,800||29,100||28,700|
|North East Thames||30,900||35,100||34,300|
|South East Thames||29,000||31,600||30,400|
|South West Thames||23,800||25,000||24,400|
|London Post-Graduate Special Health|
|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.|