HC Deb 11 July 1991 vol 194 cc454-5W
Ms. Gordon

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what was the total number of people employed in Tower Hamlets in(a) Tower Hamlets health authority, (b) Royal London hospital trust, (c) family practitioner service, (d) dental service and (e) other health-related occupations for each year since 1979.

Mr. Stephen Dorrell

The table provides the figures requested in Tower Hamlets authority from 1982, the earliest date available, to 1989, the latest available. Figures up to 1985 include family practitioner committee staff. It is not possible now to distinguish between family practitioner committee and district health authority figures for those years. On 1 April 1985 family practitioner committees became independent employing authorities. District health authority figures after that date, therefore, exclude FPC staff. Information in respect of the number of people employed by family practitioner committees since 1985 is not held centrally.

Information about the numbers employed by the Royal London hospital trust and other related occupations is not collected centrally.

Tower Hamlets health authority hospital and community health service staff in post1 30 September each year.
Whole time equivalent2
1982 5,470
1983 5,492
1984 5,202
1985 5,024
1986 5,049
1987 4,865
1988 4,969
1989 4,896
Source: Department of Health annual census of medical and non-medical manpower.

1 Figures include Medical and Dental Locums and agency locums and Nursing and Midwifery agency staff, and Permanent paid Honorary staff.
Figures exclude Consultants and Senior Registrars in Non-Teaching District Health Authorities and Senior Registrars in Teaching District Health Authorities. These still have their contracts with the RHA.
On 1 April 1985 Family Practitioner Committees became independent employing authorities. Figures after that date therefore exclude FPC staff.
2 Figures are independently rounded to the nearest whole-time equivalent.

Ms. Gordon

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the total number of reported cases of theft and fraud in the Tower Hamlets health authority in each year since 1979 showing(a) the total number of cases reported, (b) the total number of prosecutions and (c) the total number of convictions.

Mr. Dorrell

The Tower Hamlets health authority was established on 1 April 1982 following the abolition of area health authorities and consequently 1982–83 is the first year for which information is available.

The annual statement of losses included with the authority's annual accounts, records the number of reported cases in the category of loss of cash, equipment and property in stores and in use arising from theft, fraud, arson, neglect of duty or gross carelessness as follows:

Year Number of cases
1982–83 33
1983–84 40
1984–85 28
1985–86 51
1986–87 84
1987–88 45
1988–89 25
1989–90 33

Health authorities are required to report to the Department annually all instances of alleged fraud and Tower Hamlets health authority has made no reports of fraud since its inception.

Information on the numbers of theft cases reported to the police, and of any resultant prosecutions and convictions is not collected centrally by the Department.

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