HC Deb 14 January 1988 vol 125 cc395-6W
Mr. Allen

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services what was the annual cost of consultants' contracts for each district health authority in Nottinghamshire in 1979–80, and what increase there has been in real terms by 1986–87 both in total expenditure and per head.

Mrs. Currie

Prior to 1 April 1982 health services in Nottinghamshire were administered by the Nottinghamshire area health authority and expenditure figures on a district basis were not collected centrally.

The hon. Member may wish to contact the chairman of the Trent regional health authority who may be able to assist with the information he seeks.

the numbers of units of staff accommodation owned and rented to staff in the National Health Service and (b) the average weekly rent for such accommodation for each of the district health authorities in Greater London.

Mrs. Currie

Information in the form requested is not collected centrally. However, an inquiry of health authorities in 1985 indicated that in total the National Health Service in England had around 120,000 units of accommodation for staff. Since 1977 health authorities have been required to fix annual rentals broadly in line with those charged by local housing authorities for similar properties in their areas.

In practice, most junior doctors and nurses do not pay rent but, depending on the type of accommodation they occupy, a lodging charge determined by agreement between NHS management and staff organisations. For nurses these charges were last increased on 1 July 1986.

The following tables provide examples of what student/pupil nurses and junior doctors might pay after the various forms of discount: