§ Mr. Oswald
asked the Minister of Health if he will state the total number of persons employed in the hospital service in Great Britain, naming the numbers in their separate categories, and the shortages of staff in each category, and the estimated extra cost of filling all the vacancies.
§ Mr. Snow
Numbers employed at 30th September, 1965 in England and Wales, in terms of whole-time equivalents, are set out in the following table. Later figures are not yet available for all staff. As regards shortages I would refer my hon. Friend to the reply my right hon. Friend gave to the right hon. Member for Kingston-upon-Thames (Mr. Boyd-Carpenter) on 14th November [Vol. 736, c. 33–4.] which is of general application.
All staff—Total 507,116 Hospital staff, excluding staff of Regional Hospital Boards shown below: Total 499,729 Medical staff* 18,904 Dental staff* 578 Nursing staff 208,884 Midwifery staff 13,513 Professional and Technical staff† 27,814 Administrative and Clerical staff 37,552 Works, Maintenance and Domestic staff 192,484 Staff of Regional Hospital Boards (including staffs of Mass Radiography Units and Blood Trans fusion Centres) 7,387 * Whole-time, part-time and honorary staff are included but staff to whom section 10 of the terms and conditions of service of hospital medical and dental staff applies (mainly general practitioners) and staff holding locum appointments are excluded. † Professional and Technical staffs connected with diagnosis and treatment other than medical, dental and nursing.