HC Deb 15 June 2004 vol 422 cc899-900W
Mr. Lansley

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of the 5,560 staff reported in the Department of Health Report 2004 as employed by the National Blood Authority are in administrative or managerial posts. [175689]

Miss Melanie Johnson

The National Blood Service (NBS) currently employs 5,378 (whole-time equivalent) staff. The approximate breakdown of staff within the NBS is as follows34 per cent.—professionally qualified clinical staff; This includes all doctors, qualified nurses, qualified scientific and technical staff. 55 per cent.—support to clinical staff; This includes staff working in direct support of clinical staff, often with direct donor care. These staff have a direct impact on the NBS' ability to supply blood and patient services to hospitals; approximately 10 per cent.—central functions such as human resources, finance and information technology, property and estates, and managers; and approximately one per cent.—senior managers with overall responsibility for budgets, manpower or assets, or accountable for a significant area of work.