HC Deb 14 June 1991 vol 192 c713W
Sir Nicholas Fairbairn

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many nurses, doctors and others involved in treatment are employed in Sottish hospitals; and how many officials not involved in treatment are employed by health boards and on site to run those hospitals.

Mr. Michael Forsyth

The information requested is not collected centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

The locations at which staff are based can be identified but it cannot be determined how many of them provide treatment in the hospitals and how many provide treatment in the community using the hospital as a base. Equally staff not providing treatment may be based in hospitals but work in support of those involved in treatment in the community.

As at 30 September 1990 there were 141,888 employed in the NHS in Scotland. This equates to 118,025.2 whole-time equivalent staff of whom 82,721.4 were involved in treatment and 35,303.8 were support staff. The latter category includes administrative and clerical, catering, laundry, domestic, portering, maintenance and works staff.