HC Deb 26 March 1981 vol 1 cc394-5W
Mr. Strang

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the latest available estimate of the number of people employed in the National Health Service in Scotland; if he will give the corresponding figures for each of the past five years; and how many were so employed in the first half of the 1980 financial year.

Mr. Fairgrieve

The figures—whole-time equivalent—are as follows; they do not include general medical and dental practitioners as they are nor employees of the NHS:

1975 108,709
1976 111,325
1977 111,436
1978 113,800
1979 115,737
1980 118,651

The numbers relate to September in each year; those for 1980 are provisional.