NHS (Staff Statistics)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Health – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 21st February 1989.

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Photo of Mr David Mellor Mr David Mellor , Putney 12:00 am, 21st February 1989

It absolutely does, because that figure—which I am glad that the House has welcomed—shows not only the increase in medical staff but a very major change in administrative, clerical and ancillary staff: a sharp reduction in ancillary staff but an increase of over 63 per cent. in administrative and clerical staff working in clinically related posts. That is a major change and a fundamental reason why the NHS is serving patients better today than it ever did when the Labour party was in power.