§ Mr. Redwood
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services what action the National Health Service Management Board has taken in the last six months to reduce waste in the National Health Service; and what early results have been achieved.
§ Mr. Newton
Ministers and the National Health Service Management Board are committed to ensuring that health authorities continue to improve the efficiency with which they provide services so as to maximise the resources available for patient care. Health authorities are already
National Health Service staff in post in Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale district health authority at 30 September Whole time equivalents3 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 Medical and Dental2 110 110 120 120 120 Nursing and Midwifery3 2,720 2,690 2,670 2,710 2,660 1 Figures are independently rounded to nearest ten (10) whole time equivalents. 2 Includes permanent paid, honorary and locum staff. Excludes senior registrars and consultants. 3 Includes agency staff.
Source: DHSS annual censuses of National Health Service medical and non-medical manpower.