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NHS: Manpower

Volume 458: debated on Monday 19 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the (a) advantages and (b) disadvantages of counting NHS staff using (i) headcount and (ii) whole-time equivalent basis; and if she will make a statement. (122650)

National health service workforce statistics are collected on both a headcount and whole time equivalent basis to enable the level of workforce resource to be accurately planned taking into account factors such as work/life balance. This will also feed into paybill and pension modelling, and numbers of training commissions.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate her Department has made of the future need for (a) midwives, (b) school nurses and (c) health visitors; and if she will make a statement. (124452)

It is for local planners with support from the workforce review team to determine their future requirement for midwives, school nurses and health visitors to meet local service needs.