HC Deb 01 May 1990 vol 171 c523W
31. Mr. Michael Brown

To ask the Secretary of State for Health by how much the number of front-line doctors, dentists, nurses and professional and technical staff has changed since 1979.

Mrs. Virginia Bottomley

The information required is shown in the table:

NHS Staff in post at 30 September of each year
Whole-time equivalent1
1979 1988 WTE Change
Medical and Dental Staff2 39,000 44,700 5,800
Nursing and Midwifery Staff3 358,400 403,900 45,400
Professional and Technical Staff 60,100 79,800 19,600

Source: Department of Health (SM 13) Annual Censuses of NHS Medical and Non-Medical Manpower.

1All figures independently rounded to the nearest one hundred (100) whole-time equivalent.

2Includes all permanent paid, honorary and locum staff in hospitals and primary health care services, hospital practitioners and part-time medical/dental officers.

3Includes agency staff. Not adjusted for the reduction in nurses working hours during 1980–81 from 40 to 37.5 hours per week.