§ Sir William Shelton
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will give both the number of in-patient and out-patients treated by national health service hospitals in 1969, 1979 and 1989, and the number of those employed by these hospitals in each of these years; and if he will also give the percentage change in each case.
§ Mr. Dorrell
The information is given in the tables.311W
NHS Hospitals England Percentage change 1969 1979 1988–89 1969–79 1979–88–89 In-patient cases treated 4,968,391 5,400,120 6,585,982 +8.7 +22.0 New out-patient attendances 7,462,807 7,713,465 8,406,254 +3.4 +9.0
NHS hospital-based medical and non-medical staff England at 30 September1 2 Change 1969–79 Whole-time equivalent1 change 1979–89 31969 1979 1989 WTE Per cent. WTE Per cent. Total 538,900 733,400 749,100 194,600 36.1 15,700 2.1 1 All figures are independently rounded to the nearest hundred (100). Percentages are calculated on unrounded figures. 2 These data have not been adjusted to take into account reductions in the standard working week, e.g. the reduction in nurses working hours from 41 to 37.5 per week which took place in 1980–81. There is therefore a discontinuity in the time series and the figures should be interpreted with caution. 3 Comparability affected by the NHS re-organisation that took place in 1974. Figures include data relating to ambulance personnel employed by the Local authorities.