HC Deb 03 July 1985 vol 82 cc179-80W
Dr. David Clark

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many nurses were employed in the National Health Service in 1979; and what is the latest available figure.

Mr. Kenneth Clarke

The total number of nursing and midwifery staff — including learners, unqualified and agency staff—in the National Health Service in England** at 30 September 1979 was 358,400 in whole-time equivalent terms, compared with a provisional total of 397,900 at 30 September 1984.

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