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Sheffield Health Authority

Volume 126: debated on Monday 1 February 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services what are the increases in medical, nursing and dental staff, whole-time equivalents for Sheffield health authority for the period 1979 to the latest year available; and what are the equivalent figures for England as a whole.

Such information as is available is shown in the table.

National Health Service medical and dental and nursing and midwifery staff in post in Sheffield district health authority and England— at 30 September
Whole-time equivalents1Change 1979 to 19862Change 1982 to 19862
Medical and dental staff197919821986Whole-time equivalentsPercentageWhole-time equivalentsPercentage
Sheffield district health authority3n/a630680n/an/a60+8·7

each neonatal unit in England (a) the number of sister posts, (b) the number of staff nurses or staff midwives, (c) the number of support nursing staff including nursing nurses and nursing auxiliaries and (d) the number of medical staff with specific commitment to neonates.

Information to this level of detail is not collected centrally for medical staff and is available for nursing and midwifery staff in each district health authority only from September 1981 but this could be provided only at disproportionate cost.Information by regional health authority for 1981 and 1986 is given in the table.Because of the effects of the 1982 National Health Service reorganisation figures for Sheffield district health authority for the years prior to 1982 are not available on a consistent basis with those for 1982 and later years.Senior registrars' contracts are held by the regional health authority. The district health authority where these staff work cannot be identified centrally. There will therefore be more doctors and dentists actually working in Sheffield district health authority than are accounted for in the table.

1 Figures are independently rounded to nearest ten (10) whole-time equivalents.

2 Changes and percentages calculated on unrounded whole-time equivalents.

3 Includes permanent paid, honorary and locum staff but excludes senior registrars whose contracts are held by the regional health authority.

4 Includes all permanent paid, honorary and locum staff.

Source: DHSS annual census of NHS medical manpower.

Nursing and midwifery staff

Whole-time Equivalents


Change 1979 to 1986


Change 1982 to 1986






Per cent.


Per cent.

Sheffield DHA3n/a6,0906,330n/an/a240+3·9

Source: DHSS Annual Census of NHS Non-Medical Manpower.

1 Figures are independently rounded to nearest ten (10) whole time equivalents.

2Changes and percentages calculated on un-rounded whole-time equivalents.

3 Includes agency staff.

4 Figures not adjusted to take account of the reduction in nurses contractual hours (from 40 to 37·5 per week) during 1980–81.