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Mental Hospitals (Staff)

Volume 130: debated on Tuesday 29 March 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the proportion of qualified to unqualified staff in mental hospitals at present and in each of the last 10 years.

Information about staff employed in mental hospitals, other than nursing staff, is not collected centrally. The information requested for nursing staff employed at September 1981 to September 1986 is shown in the table. Comparable information is not available prior to 1981.

Nursing and midwifery staff in mentall illness area

1

of work England at 30 September

Whole-time equivalents

2

Year

Total

Qualified staff

Unqualified staff

3

Ratio of qualified to unqualified staff

4

198154,48029,20025,2701·16:1
198256,56030,50026,0601·17:1
198357,16031,23025,9401·20:1
198457,69032,19025,5001·26:1
198558,47033,14025,3301·31:1
198659,48033,76025,7201·31:1

Source: DHSS annual census of NHS non-medical manpower.

1 Includes staff who work in psychiatric wards of non-psychiatric hospitals.

2 Figures have been independently rounded to the nearest ten (10) whole time equivalents.

3 Including learners.

4 Ratios calculated on unrounded figures.