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Health Authorities (Employment)

Volume 124: debated on Monday 7 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will itemise the numbers employed by each regional health authority in 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985 and 1986.

The figures are shown in the table:

NHS Directly Employed Staff by Regional Health Authority1at 30 September Whole time equivalents2
Region19791980198119821983198419851986
Northern50,80052,60054,10054,00054,50054,20053,80053,500
Yorkshire56,80059,00062,30062,00061,70061,00060,60059,600
Trent70,20070,60074,00074,70074,40074,50074,80074,300
East Anglian27,40028,50029,60030,00030,50030,70030,60030,500
North West Thames58,30058,70061,70060,40059,70058,60056,50054,800
North East Thames66,70067,20069,40074,80074,40073,10070,80069,100
South East Thames65,30066,40068,00067,80067,40065,30063,40061,900
South West Thames50,00050,70052,20050,70050,80049,10047,20045,700
Wessex41,10041,60043,10043,80044,20044,30044,20043,500
Oxford32,20033,00034,20034,20034,00034,50033,60033,200
South Western49,90051,40053,10053,40053,20052,80052,40052,400
West Midlands78,10080,70084,50084,70084,60084,00084,40084,200
Mersey43,40043,80045,20045,20044,80044,00043,60042,900
Northern Western68,00071,70074,80076,20076,30075,40074,70074,100
England3775,300793,800824,400830,600829,400819,300812,900801,600
Source:
DHSS(SR7) annual censuses of NHS medical and non-medical manpower.
Notes:
1 Includes all permanent paid, honorary and locum medical and dental staff, and agency nursing and midwifery staff. No adjustments have been made for the effects of the reduction in nurses' working hours during 1980–1981 (from 40 to 37·5 hours per week) or for the transfer of operating department assistants from ancillary to professional and technical staff group in April 1984.
2 All figures are independently rounded to the nearest one hundred (100) whole-time equivalents.
3 Includes all staff of regional health authorities, London post-graduate special health authorities, Dental Estimates Board, Prescription Pricing Authority, London ambulance service and family practitioners committees.