§ Mr. Dobson
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) why the number of administrative staff in the National Health Service increased by 10,000 between September 1978 and September 1984;
(2) why the number of ancillary staff in the National Health Service decreased by 20,000 between September 1978 and September 1984;
(3) why the number of technical and professional staff in the National Health Service increased by 20,000 between September 1978 and September 1984.
§ Mr. Whitney
The changes in the staff groups referred to are as follows:
professional and technical staff); improved productivity following the introduction of incentive bonus schemes for ancillary staff; the impact of the Government's initiative on cost improvement, including competitive tendering; and the transfer of 2,700 operating department assistants from the ancillary staffs Whitley Council to the professional and technical '13' Whitley Council from 1 April 1984.