§ Sir Peter Tapsell
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nurses were employed by the North Lincolnshire health authority in March 1979 and March 1991, respectively.
§ Mrs. Virginia Bottomley
Due to the re-organisation of health authority boundaries in 1982, figures for North Lincolnshire health authority prior to this date are not comparable with the figures for later years. The table shows the figures for 1982 and 1989, the earliest and latest years for which comparable information is available.
The reduction in the number of nurses employed is due in part to a mental handicap unit at Caistor being 366W transferred to the management of Yorkshire regional health authority, instead of Trent regional health authority.
North Lincolnshire Health Authority Nursing and midwifery staff1 at 30 September 1982 1989 Whole-time equivalents2 2,270 2,230
Source: Dept of Health (SMI3C) annual census of NHS non-medical manpower.
1Includes agency staff.
2All figures are independently rounded to the nearest ten whole-time equivalents.