HC Deb 26 January 1984 vol 52 c700W
Mr. Ralph Howell

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many combinations of grade and area of work there were in the National Health Service in 1960, 1970, and at the latest date available; and how these combinations are distributed between dental and medical staff, nursing and midwifery staff, professional and technical staff, administrative and clerical staff, ambulance staff, ancillary staff, and any other staff.

Mr. John Patten

The following table shows the approximate number of combinations of grade and area of work for each staff group returned at 30 September 1982, the latest date for which figures are available:

Medical and dental 400
Nursing and midwifery 1,020
Professional and technical 560
Administrative and clerical 1,690
Ambulance staff (including officers) 100
Ancillary 510
Other (Works/maintenance) 340
Total 4.600

These figures differ in some respects from those given in my right hon. and learned Friend's reply on 30 July 1982. — [Vol. 28, c. 850–51.] In producing the later figures we have been able to eliminate theoretical combinations of grade and area of work which have been found, from a closer examination of all the returns, not to exist in practice. This accounts in particular for the much reduced figure for nurses and midwives. At the same time, the September 1982 returns contain a significant number of combinations which became obsolete in April 1982, when area health authorities were abolished as part of NHS restructuring, but which could not be used in the new coding by the time the September returns were sent in. This factor has affected in particular the figures for administrative and clerical staff.

Figures for 1960 are not available for the reasons given in the reply of my hon. Friend the Member for Hampstead and Highgate (Sir G. Finsberg) on 19 May 1982—[Vol 24, c. 126]—those reasons apply equally to figures for 1970.