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NHS: Ancillary Staff

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 16 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) caretakers, (b) hospital porters and (c) cleaners were employed by each London Primary Care Trust in each year since 1997. (157633)

This information is not held in the format requested. However, the following table shows the amount of non-medical staff employed in London since 1997 at strategic health authority (SHA) level.

NHS hospital and community health services: maintenance and works staff and support workers in the hotel, property and estates area of work in the London strategic health authority area as at 30 September each specified year

Headcount

1997

6,266

1998

5,494

1999

5,468

2000

5,064

2001

5,124

2002

5,189

2003

5,318

2004

5,631

2005

5,768

2006

4,827

Notes:

1. These figures are for staff directly employed by the NHS only. The Non-Medical Workforce Census does not cover contracted services staff. Maintenance and works and support staff in hotel, property and estates include caretakers/handypersons, gardeners and grounds, maintenance staff, catering staff and cleaning staff. There is no way to separately identify any of these occupations from the census data.

2. More accurate validation processes in 2006 have resulted in the identification and removal of 9,858 duplicate non-medical staff records out of the total work force figure of 1.3 million in 2006. Earlier years' figures could not be accurately validated in this way and so will be slightly inflated. The level of inflation in earlier years' figures is estimated to be less than 1 per cent. of total across all non-medical staff groups for headcount figures. This should be taken into consideration when analysing trends overtime.

Source:

The Information Centre for health and social care Non-Medical Workforce Census