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Bradford Health Authority

Volume 126: debated on Monday 1 February 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) if he will undertake an immediate inquiry into the impact on patient services in Bradford of cuts in expenditure by Bradford health authority of £2,100,000 by 1989–90;(2) what is the latest estimate of Bradford health authority's revenue and capital expenditure for 1987–88; how much non-recurring allocation has been received by Bradford health authority; and whether he expects the authority to be in deficit at the end of the current financial year;(3) what requests he has made of Bradford health authority to reduce expenditure in 1988–89 and 1989–90; what deficit on revenue expenditure will accrue in 1988–89 and 1989–90 if no reduction in expenditure is agreed; what reduction in revenue expenditure is required in 1988–89 and 1989–90 to avoid deficits arising in each year; and if he will make a statement.

Allocation of funds, revenue and capital, to Bradford health authority, and any associated monitoring of expenditure, is the responsibility of the Yorkshire regional health authority. The hon. Member may therefore wish to contact the regional health authority chairman for the information he is seeking.

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the effect on anticipated deficits of Bradford health authority of each per cent. pay awards which are not met by central Government; how many staff are now employed by the authority; how many staff were employed by the authority in each of the last five years: and if he will make a statement.

The table sets out the number of staff directly employed by Bradford health authority for the years 1982 to 1986, the latest year for which data are centrally available. It is not possible to calculate accurately centrally the cost of each percentage increase of pay awards for individual district health authorities.The hon. Member may wish to write to the chairman of Bradford health authority for the information he is seeking.

NHS Directly Employed Stuff in Post in Bradford District Health Authority
At 30 SeptemberWhole equivalents2
19825,610
19835,570
19845,390
19855,170
19865,090
Source: DHSS annual censuses of NHS medical and non-medical manpower.
1 Includes permanent paid, honorary and locum staff. Excludes senior registrars and consultants whose contracts are held by the regional health authority. Includes agency nursing and midwifery staff.
2 Figures are independently rounded to nearest ten (10) whole time equivalents.

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will list the names of the members of Bradford health authority; when each was appointed and how long each has served; which members receive an annual salary; and what is the annual salary and annual service in days served in each case.

The members of Bradford health authority are appointed by the Yorkshire regional health authority and Bradford city council. Details are not held centrally but may be obtained from the chairman of the regional health authority. Health authority members do not receive a salary but are entitled to claim travel and subsistence allowances and, in certain circumstances, to some compensation for loss of earnings.