§ Mr. Butler
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the percentage increase in medical and dental staff whole-time equivalents, in the Mersey region between 1978 and the latest available year.
§ Mrs. Currie
The percentage increase in hospital and community health services (HCHS) staff between 1978 and 1986 is 14 per cent. This is based on the information, as set out in the table.
HCHS medical and dental staff' at 30 September each year whole-time equivalents Mersey RHA 1978 1986 Percentage change All Staff 1,956 2,231 +14 1 Includes permanent paid, honorary and locum staff.