HC Deb 04 March 1983 vol 38 c245W
Mr. Michael Brown

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many people in the National Health Service are eligible for indexed pensions; how they are broken down by function; and how many ancillary workers have received indexed pensions.

Mr. Rossi

All pensions paid under the National Health Service superannuation scheme are indexed. Currently the scheme has approximately 830,000 "contributing" members and 176,000 members already receiving pensions. The latest readily available information from which an estimate can be made of the number of members by category is as at 31 March 1979 when there were approximately 712,000 "contributing" members. The figures at that date were as follows:

Female nurses, midwives, health visitors, physiotherapists 236,000
General practitioners (medical and opthalmic) 25,000
Dental practitioners 14,000
Others who are classed as non-manual workers 295,000
Others who are classed as manual workers* 142,000
* The majority of ancillary workers fall into this category.

Ancillary workers who have received pensions cannot be identified from available records.