§ Mr. Walden
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services how many National Health Service staff fall into each of the following categories:(a) medical, including doctors, dentists, nurses and technicians, (b) non-medical but providers of services, including hospital administrators, clerks, receptionists, cleaners, and (c) other.
§ Mr. Newton
[holding answer 9 March 1988]: Information in the exact format requested is not readily available. The total number of employed staff in the 562W National Health Service at 30 September 1986 was 801,600. A breakdown of these staff is shown in the table. Ambulance staff have been counted in the "direct care" staff category.
NHS directly employed staff at 30 September 1986: England Whole time equivalent1 (a) "Direct care staff"2 541,000 (b) Total non-medical "support staff"3 260,600 Source: DHSS Annual censuses of NHS medical and non-medical manpower. 1 Figures are independently rounded to the nearest 100 whole-time equivalents. 2 Includes medical-dental including locums, nursing-midwifery including agency and professional-technical staff and ambulance staff. 3 Includes works, maintenance, administrative-clerical, and ancillary staff.