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NHS: Pensions

Volume 482: debated on Wednesday 5 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many part-time employees are (a) enrolled in the NHS pension scheme and (b) eligible to be enrolled in the NHS pension scheme. (230003)

The latest information available for the NHS Pension Scheme England and Wales on the number of part-time members is 535,234. These data are from a special extract from the NHS Pensions mainframe as at 29 September 2005 and represents a snapshot in time. These data include employees of national health service organisations, practice staff and employees of direction bodies. As at 30 September 2005, there were 492,389 part-time staff employed by NHS organisations in England and Wales who were eligible to join the NHS pension scheme. These data do not include practice staff, as a breakdown by nature of contract is not collected, and the staff of direction bodies. As at 30 September 2005, there were 112,094 (headcount) and 72,990 (FTE) practice staff in England which includes practice nurses and around 18,000 pension scheme members in direction bodies. Data on practice staff are not available for Wales for the year ending 30 September 2005 .

Source:

NHS Pensions, the Information Centre for Health and Social Care and the Welsh Assembly Government.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many national health service staff will have received a payment from the national health service pension fund in 2008 by the end of the year. (231137)

Latest available data on numbers of members of the NHS pension scheme, including pensioner numbers is available in the NHS Pension Scheme Resource Accounts 2006-07. Data is not currently available for the 2007-08 year.