§ Mr. Murphy
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what are the current numbers of employees of the East Hertfordshire district health authority; how this compares with the figures for the preceding five years; what percentage this is per head of district health authority population; and how that compares with the district health authorities in England and Wales.
§ Mr. Kenneth Clarke
At 30 June 1983 the East Hertfordshire health authority employed 1,930 whole-time equivalent staff, excluding medical and dental staff to whom figures are not available for individual districts. This corresponds to some 0.7 per cent. of the population of the health district compared to an England average of 1.6 per cent. This difference arises mainly because a considerable proportion of the NHS services for east Hertfordshire are provided by neighbouring health authorities.
Th whole-time equivalent number of employees in earlier years is as follows:
Non-medical staff (wte) employed in East Hertfordshire Health Authority (figures at 30 September for each year) Year 1979 1,610 1980 1,610 1982 1,860