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Departmental Manpower

Volume 479: debated on Thursday 17 July 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the change has been in the number of employees of (a) the NHS and (b) his Department and its agencies since July 2006. (217066)

Between 30 September 2006 and 30 September 2007, there was a fall of 6,113 (-0.6 per cent.) in the total national health service work force (full-time equivalents) from 1,095,163 to 1,089,050.

The number of staff (full-time equivalents) in the Department and its agencies at the end of June 2006 (the nearest quarter to 1 July) and the end of March 2008 (the latest quarter for which information is available), and the change between the two dates, are presented in the following table.

30 June 2006

31 March 2008

Change

Department

2,288.0

2,203.1

-84.9

Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)

758.9

865.3

106.4

NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency

334.4

258.5

-75.9

Notes:

1. Numbers in MHRA have risen because of an increase in business associated with licensing applications.

2. Data for the Department are collected quarterly.

Source:

The Information Centre for health and social care: non-medical workforce census and medical census collected on 30 September each year.