This information is not held centrally.
The provision of services is a matter for agreement between national health service trusts and their commissioning primary care trusts and the strategic health authority for the area, in consultation with local stakeholders. Plans for services should take into consideration local needs and priorities while ensuring they meet core national standards for the delivery of health services.
The Department does not collect information centrally on the number or location of frozen posts within the national health service.
We are aware that a number of trusts have decided to freeze posts as a way of temporarily reducing staff costs, which can assist organisations in returning to financial balance. Post freezes can be a sensible measure if this avoids redundancies and does not increase waiting times or compromise the safe delivery of patient care.