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Nhs Staff

Volume 130: debated on Monday 28 March 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) if he will give a breakdown of staff, in whole-time equivalents, for Great Britain for the National Health Service in the numbers of (a) doctors and dentists, (b) nurses and midwives and (c) others for the years 1960, 1982, 1986 and 1987;

National Health Service directly employed staff in Great Britain1At 30 September whole time equivalents2
Medical and Dental (including locums)347,60050,50051,60052,400
Nursing and Midwifery (including agency)4437,600485,000486,100492,900
"Other" non-Medical staff5 broken down as follows:456,800473,500460,700436,100
Professional and Technical (excluding works)672,10080,30086,70090,900
Works Professional6,8007,4007,3007,200
Administrative and Clerical122,100128,900130,900132,600
Ambulance (including Officers)20,20021,60021,40022,500
Total Employed Staff (including agency and locums)942,0001,009,000998,300981,400
Source: DHSS annual censuses of NHS medical and non-medical manpower; Welsh Office; Scottish health service common services agency.
Data on a consistent basis are not held for 1960.
Figures for 30 September 1987 are not yet available.
1 Includes staff at the Dental Estimates Board, Prescription Pricing Authority, London Post-Graduate Special Health Authorities and Family Practitioner Committees, and equivalent organisations in Wales and Scotland.
2 Figures are independently rounded to nearest one hundred (100) whole time equivalents.
3 Includes all permanent paid, honorary and locum staff.
4 Not adjusted for reduction in nurses' working hours during 1980–81 (from 40 to 37·5 hours per week).
5 Not adjusted for transfer of Operating Department Assistants from Ancillary to Professional and Technical staff group on 1 April 1984.