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NHS: Staff

Volume 689: debated on Thursday 22 February 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

By how much they propose to reduce the number of National Health Service staff over the next two years. [HL1077]

The NHS will employ sufficient staff in the next two years to deliver the required services within the available resources.

Since 1997 the total number of staff in the NHS has increased by more than 300,000 (29 per cent) including 32,000 (37 per cent) more doctors, over 85,000 (27 per cent) more nurses and over 38,000 (40 per cent) more qualified scientific, therapeutic and technical staff.