Health

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 27th July 1999.

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Photo of Keith Raffan Keith Raffan Liberal Democrat

Question S1W-404

To ask the Scottish Executive how many full time equivalent (a) bank; (b) agency; and (c) contract nurses were employed, and at what cost, by each health board area in each of the last 10 years.

Photo of Susan Deacon Susan Deacon Labour

The information available for agency nursing staff is shown in the table. No cost data to match the staff numbers is available. Information for bank and contract nursing staff is not available centrally.

The use of bank and agency nurses is currently subject to review in line with the Executive’s commitment to ensure that the NHS in Scotland promotes employment practices which support and value staff and promote patient care.

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Agency nursing staff: average whole time equivalent 1 by health board;

Year ending 30 September

Health Board

1988 2

1989 2

1990 2

1991 2

1992 2

1993 2

1994 2

1995 2

1996 2

1997 2,r

1998 2

Total - All staff 3

195.5

211.5

266.1

247.4

279.2

301.1

195.3

382.6

459.3

455.7

537.5

Argyll & Clyde

0.9

2.3

2.0

0.6

0.3

4.6

11.6

39.0

39.8

57.0

81.7

Ayrshire & Arran

2.1

7.7

2.1

2.9

0.9

0.5

0.4

0.4

0.0

3.0

6.0

Borders

14.1

4.2

0.3

0.0

0.0

0.1

0.3

0.0

3.0

-

1.1

Dumfries & Galloway

-

-

-

0.4

0.4

1.3

0.1

-

-

-

-

Fife

-

-

1.1

0.7

0.3

-

3.7

0.2

1.8

6.5

15.5

Forth Valley

-

0.6

5.8

2.3

0.0

0.4

0.0

17.3

63.1

54.1

22.5

Grampian

7.0

7.1

6.5

11.9

31.4

33.6

26.5

46.2

29.4

21.8

47.5

Greater Glasgow

77.9

85.0

153.4

117.1

164.9

127.3

76.8

92.8

67.7

110.9

133.7

Highland

-

-

0.5

0.3

0.8

0.5

0.1

2.4

4.1

12.3

13.2

Lanarkshire

0.1

0.0

0.1

-

-

-

-

0.2

0.3

0.3

10.1

Lothian

92.1

104.2

91.4

109.0

80.2

132.8

75.8

184.0

249.0

187.8

203.8

Orkney

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

0.2

0.2

Shetland

1.3

0.4

2.7

2.3

-

-

-

0.0

-

-

-

Tayside

-

-

0.2

0.1

-

-

-

-

1.0

1.8

2.3

Western Isles

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

0.0

Notes:

1 To calculate the average, 1 W.T.E. is taken as a contribution of 37.5 hours per week x 52 = 1950 hours per year.

2 Data for 1997 and 1998 are based on one six month period ending 30 September. Data for 1991 to 1996 are based on two six month periods ending 31 March and 30 September. Data for 1989 to 1990 are based on two three month periods ending 31 March and 30 September.

3 Rounding of individual figures may produce slight differences between the sum of constituent items and totals.

r revised

Source: ISD(M)18

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