HC Deb 18 June 1974 vol 875 cc94-5W
Mr. Edwin Wainwright

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many nurses and midwives, respectively, are registered within the National Health Service in the Trent Regional Hospital Board area at the latest available date; and how many are required to bring numbers up to the full complement.

Dr. Owen

As at 30th September 1973, 21,788 nurses and 1,375 midwives— whole-time equivalents—were employed in hospitals by the former Sheffield Regional Hospital Board and by the former Board of Governors of the United Sheffield Hospitals. The planning objective nurse staffing level of the regional hospital board, to be achieved over a number of years, was 25,546 at the same date. Comparable figures for the successor Trent Regional Health Authorrity, whose geographical area of responsibility excludes South Humberside, are not available.

Rate Date last revised
(1) Travelling expenses:
Actual cost of the journey by public transport, normally 2nd class, if by rail; or, if own car is used, a mileage allowance at the public transport rate 2.7p per mile 1st August 1973
(2) Day subsistence allowance, based on the time spent away from home:
For an absence of 2½ hours or more but less than 5 hours 20p 1st May 1972
For an absence of 5 hours or more but less than 10 hours 35p 1st May 1972
For an absence of 10 hours or more 70p 1st May 1972
(3) Night subsistence allowance in addition if the attendance involves a night's absence from home for which free bed and board is not provided—e.g. in hospital:
If the attendance is in London within a 4-mile radius of Charing Cross £2.70 1st May 1972
Elsewhere £2.40 1st May 1972
(4) Compensation for loss of earnings, subject to a daily maximum Up to £5.50 a day 25th June 1973

Note: The subsistence allowances are at present under review.