§ Ms. Harman
To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many new administrative posts have been created in each regional health authority as a result of the recent changes in the national health service;
(2) if he will estimate the cost of creating new administrative posts in England in 1990–91 to implement recent national health service changes.
§ Mrs. Virginia Bottomley
Information is not held centrally about specific posts. In 1990–91 additional funds of around £300 million were provided to implement the changes and improvements associated with the NHS review. Some £200 million of this was for revenue expenditure in the hospital and community health services on additional consultants, medical audit, information technology, for strengthening personnel and finance functions, and for training. It is not possible to estimate what proportion of these funds was spent on establishing new administrative posts.