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Nhs Staff

Volume 171: debated on Tuesday 1 May 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health by how much the number of front-line doctors, dentists, nurses and professional and technical staff has changed since 1979.

The information required is shown in the table:

NHS Staff in post at 30 September of each year
Whole-time equivalent1
19791988WTE Change
Medical and Dental Staff239,00044,7005,800
Nursing and Midwifery Staff3358,400403,90045,400
Professional and Technical Staff60,10079,80019,600

Source: Department of Health (SM 13) Annual Censuses of NHS Medical and Non-Medical Manpower.

1 All figures independently rounded to the nearest one hundred (100) whole-time equivalent.

2 Includes all permanent paid, honorary and locum staff in hospitals and primary health care services, hospital practitioners and part-time medical/dental officers.

3 Includes agency staff. Not adjusted for the reduction in nurses working hours during 1980–81 from 40 to 37·5 hours per week.