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National Health Service Administrators

Volume 131: debated on Friday 15 April 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will publish all annual figures available to him on the numbers and ratio of administrators to total staff in the National Health Service.

[holding answer 24 February 1988]: Such information as is available is shown in the table.

30 September: England1

Wholetime Equivalents2

Year

Administrative and Clerical3

Total Directly Employed4

Administrative and clerical as percentage of tatal directly employed5

197170,400629,50011·2
197274,300655,00011·3
197377,100664,10011·6
197482,800675,80012·2
197591,900719,50012·8
197698,500744,40013·2
197799,000749,50013·2
1978100,300761,50013·2
1979103,000775,30013·3
1980105,400793,80013·3
1981108,800824,40013·2
1982108,800830,60013·1
1983110,000829,40013·3
1984110,300819,30013·5
1985111,000812,90013·7
1986111,400801,60013·9

1 Because of the 1974 NHS reorganisation figures prior to 1974 are not consistent with those for 1974 and later years.

2 Figures are not independently rounded to the nearest (100) one hundred wholetime equivalents.

3 Includes general managers.

4 Includes medical and dental locums and nursing and midwifery agency staff. Not adjusted to take account of the reduction in nurses working hours (from 40 to 37·5 per week) during 1980–81. Reduction in total staff since 1983 is mainly due to effects of competitive tendering of ancillary staff services.

5 Percentages calculated on unrounded figures.