HC Deb 07 March 1983 vol 38 cc327-8W
Mr. Michael Brown

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many National Health Service employees were employed full-time and part-time, respectively, in each of 1981 and 1982.

Mr. Geoffrey Finsberg

Following is the information:

NHS directly employed staff (England)
Whole-time Part-time
30 September 1981 607,700 349,400
30 September 1982 (provisional) 611,700 348,600

Note: Locum medical and dental staff and agency nursing staff are excluded, as are the staff of the Dental Estimates Board and the Prescription Pricing Authority.

Mr. Michael Brown

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what was the ratio of administrators to doctors working in the National Health Service for 1981 and 1982, respectively.

Mr. Geoffrey Finsberg

"Administrators" do not represent a separate group for records purposes. The category of "administrative and clerical staff' includes senior management staff as well staff such as medical secretaries and medical records and ward clerks. The ratio of all staff in this group to doctors in 1981 was 1.77 to 1. A more accurate estimate of staff involved primarily in administration would exclude junior clerical, secretarial and typing staff, giving a ratio of 0.37:1. Comparable figures for 1982 are expected to be available in April. For this purpose, doctors have been taken as all hospital and community doctors plus general medical practitioners, but excluding locums.

Staff of the Dental Estimates Board and Prescription Pricing Authority are excluded.