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National Health Service Staff

Volume 126: debated on Monday 1 February 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will list the total numbers in whole-time equivalent of (a) directly-employed National Health Service staff and (b) hospital nursing and midwifery staff in England for 1986.

The available information is given in the table.

National Health Service staff in post in England at 30 September 1986
Whole-time equivalents1
Total Directly Employed Staff2801,600
Hospital Nursing and Midwifery Staff3354,700
Source: DHSS Annual Censuses of NHS Medical and Non-Medical Manpower.
1 Figures are independently rounded to nearest one hundred (100) whole-time equivalents.
2 Excludes locum medical and dental and agency nursing and midwifery staff.
3 Includes agency nursing and midwifery staff.

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services how many were employed in the National Health Service as doctors, nurses, administrators, cleaners and other staff in 1961, 1971, 1981 and at the latest convenient date.

Doctors, nurses, administrators, cleaners and other staff have been interpreted as

  • Medical and Dental
  • Nursing and Midwifery
  • Administrative and Clerical
  • Ancillary
  • Others
Such information as is available is shown in the table. Figures for 1961 are not held centrally.
NHS staff in post in England
At 30 SeptemberWhole time equivalents1
7197119811986
Medical and Dental229,50041,00043,200
Nursing and Midwifery3285,400391,800402,700
Administrative and Clerical70,400108,800111,400
Ancillary45168,000172,200124,300
Others5676,300110,600120,000
Total directly employed staff629,500824,400801,600
Source: DHSS Annual Censuses of NHS Medical and Non-Medical Manpower
1 Figures are independently rounded to nearest one hundred (100) whole time equivalents.
2 Includes permanent paid, honorary and locum staff.
3 Includes agency staff. Figures not adjusted to take account of the reduction in nurses contractual hours (from 40 to 371 per week) during 1980–81.
4 Includes staff in cleaning/domestic, catering, portering and other ancillary areas of work.
5 On 1 April 1984 operating department assistants transferred from ancillary to professional and technical staff group. Figures not adjusted to take account of this change.
6 Includes professional and technical, works, maintenance and ambulance staff.
7 Due to the effects of the 1974 reorganisation some staffing figures for 1971 may not be on a consistent basis with those for 1981 and 1986.