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Hospital Statistics Bulletin

Volume 205: debated on Friday 6 March 1992

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when he published last year's national health service hospital activity statistics bulletin;(2) when he received the draft of the new national health service hospital activity statistics bulletin; and when he intends to publish the bulletin.

The bulletin containing statistics of NHS hospitals activity and facilities in 1989–90 was published on 12 December 1990.I received the draft bulletin giving comparable figures for 1990–91 on 19 February, and intend to publish it shortly, as drafted.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many patients were removed from waiting lists (a) by admission for treatment and (b) for reasons other than treatment in each district in each of the four Thames regional health authorities in each six month period since September 1988;(2) when the honourable Member for Peckham may expect a substantive reply to her question on waiting lists of 10 February.

[holding answer 10 February 1992]: We do not routinely collate information on all district health authorities centrally. For the relevant information at regional level, I refer the hon. Member to

NHS directly employed staff in post by specific staff groups as at 30 September 1986 England by regional health authorities Whole-time equivalent1
RegionNursing and midwifery2Medical and dental3General managersAdmin and clerical staffAncillary staffAmbulance staff
Northern RHA27,3902,820406,2209,2001,400
Yorkshire RHA30,2902,970306,9909,8701,640
Trent RHA37,1203,780508,85012,9701,970
East Anglia RHA15,5901,590304,0004,490770
North West Thames RHA28,6703,310307,7107,790490
North East Thames RHA34,3404,170309,76011,060590
South East Thames RHA30,3703,510508,90010,110960
South West Thames RHA24,3502,540205,8906,410670
Wessex RHA23,0602,060305,4106,620990
Oxford RHA16,9502,030204,6404,480810
South Western RHA26,9802,630306,7108,0601,470
West Midlands RHA42,5204,4006011,22013,1901,940
Mersey RHA22,3302,230305,2806,700950
North Western RHA37,8604,040609,51011,6401,670
London post graduate special Health Authorities4,8801,160101,6701,490
England Total4402,69043,250510110,840124,27018,970
1 All figures are rounded to the nearest ten (10) whole-time equivalent.
2 Includes agency staff.
3 Includes permanent paid, honorary and locum staff. Differences in the sum of numbers of staff for all regions are due to duplication of staff holding appointments in more than one region. Such staff are included separately in each region.
4 Includes staff at the Dental Estimates Board, Prescription Pricing Authority, London Ambulance Service, and Family Practitioner Committees.

Source: Department of Health (SMI3) annual census of NHS medical and non-medical manpower.

the reply I gave the hon. Member for Livingston (Mr. Cook) on 29 January at columns 599–602. In the three years to March 1991, nearly 2·1 million patients were admitted from waiting lists in the Thames regions. In the same period the names of a further 290,122 were removed for other reasons, for example, because they had already been treated, had moved, or no longer needed treatment. This is good practice in line with the Royal College of Surgeons guidelines.