§ Mr. Oswald
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will state the total number of persons employed in the hospital service in Scotland, naming the numbers in their separate categories, and the shortages of staff in each category, and the estimated extra financial cost of filling all vacancies.
§ Mr. Ross
Staffing needs are determined locally and it is not practicable to compile a central list of vacancies nor to calculate the cost of filling them. The following table gives the numbers of staff (whole-time equivalents) employed in the Hospital Service in Scotland at 31st March, 1966.
Total Hospital Staff (excluding Regional Hospital Boards) 68,290 Medical 3,398 Dental 87 Nursing 29,219 Midwifery 3,584 Professional and Technical 3,743 Work Staff and Domestics 23,623 Administrative and Clerical 4,636 Staff of Regional Hospital Boards 978 69,268