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Health Services: East Sussex

Health written question – answered on 18th January 2011.

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Photo of Amber Rudd Amber Rudd Conservative, Hastings and Rye

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many temporary (a) nurses, (b) doctors and (c) office staff were employed in (i) the Conquest Hospital, (ii) Hastings and Rother Primary Care Trust and (iii) East Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust in each of the last five years; and what the annual cost to the public purse was of each such category of appointment.

Photo of Simon Burns Simon Burns The Minister of State, Department of Health

The information is not available in the format requested. Such information as is available is in the following tables:

Table 1: Hospital and Community Health Services (HCHS): non-medical bank staff in specified organisations as at 30 September each specified year
Headcount
2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Hastings and Rother Primary Care Trust (PCT)
Qualified nursing, midwifery and health visiting bank staff 9 - 9 6 4
Unqualified nurse bank staff - - 11 17 2
East Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust
Qualified nursing, midwifery and health visiting bank staff 111 66 164 42 120
Unqualified nurse bank staff 251 166 167 112 214
Notes:

1. Work force census figures are not available for individual hospitals. Therefore, it is not possible to provide the information requested in respect of the Conquest Hospital, which is part of the East Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust.

2. The work force census does not collect information on the numbers of temporary or agency staff. The census does include data on bank nurses for both qualified and unqualified nursing staff and these are provided in the above table. Information on bank doctors is not collected.

3. '-' denotes zero.

4. Data Quality: The NHS Information Centre for health and social care seeks to minimise inaccuracies and the effect of missing and invalid data but responsibility for data accuracy lies with the organisations providing the data. Methods are continually being updated to improve data quality. Where changes impact on figures already published, this is assessed but unless it is significant at national level figures are not changed. Impact at detailed or local level is footnoted in relevant analyses.

Source:

The NHS Information Centre Non-Medical Workforce Census

Table 2: Salaries and w ages: non-NHS Staff in specified organisations
£000
2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10
Hastings and Rother PCT
Medical 0 0 0 0 0
Nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff 78 0 49 148 44
Administrative and clerical 66 182 205 358 1,023
East Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust
Medical 1,041 520 1,129 2,068 3,001
Nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff 1,378 0 3 8 78
Administrative and clerical 26 3 11 17 21
Notes:

1. The Department does not collect data in respect of individual hospitals. Therefore, it is not possible to provide the information requested in respect of the Conquest Hospital, which is part of the East Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust.

2. The above table contains figures for spend on non-NHS staff. 'Non-NHS staff' denotes staff who do not have a permanent contract of employment with the national health service, such as agency staff. Locum and bank staff are not included as these are included within the NHS staff category in the financial returns, and are not separately identifiable from the data.

3. The Department does not collect information exactly in the format requested. For 'nurses', the closest equivalent information is held under the category 'Nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff'. For 'doctors', the closest equivalent is 'Medical staff' and for 'office staff' the closest equivalent is 'Administrative and clerical staff'.

4. Hastings and Rother PCT was established in 2006-07 following the merger of its two predecessor PCTs-Bexhill and Rother PCT and Hastings and St Leonards PCT. The figures provided for 2005-06 are therefore the sum of the two predecessor PCTs.

5. The financial returns are a means for the NHS to provide planning and costing information to the Department, and these provide a more detailed breakdown of individual expenditure lines reported in the audited summarisation schedules. The financial returns data are not themselves audited, but are instead validated by reference to the audited summarisation schedules from which the NHS summarised accounts are prepared. There are a number of factors which may distort the figures and they may contain errors and omissions at an individual level (mainly as a result of classification errors) which are not material at the national level.

Source:

Financial returns (2005-06 to 2009-10)

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