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NHS: Secondment

Health written question – answered on 19th October 2012.

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Photo of Valerie Vaz Valerie Vaz Labour, Walsall South

To ask the Secretary of State for Health

(1) how many employees of NHS care trusts were seconded to his Department in each year since 2005;

(2) how many employees of NHS ambulance trusts were seconded to his Department in each year since 2005;

(3) how many employees of NHS special health authorities were seconded to his Department in each of the last seven years;

(4) how many employees of NHS mental health trusts were seconded to his Department in each of the last seven years;

(5) how many employees of NHS acute trusts were seconded to his Department in each of the last seven years;

(6) how many employees of NHS foundation trusts were seconded to his Department in each of the last seven years;

(7) how many employees of NHS strategic health authorities were seconded to his Department in each of the last seven years;

(8) how many employees of NHS primary care trusts were seconded to his Department in each of the last seven years;

(9) how many NHS employees were seconded to his Department in (a) 2005, (b) 2006, (c) 2007, (d) 2008, (e) 2009, (f) 2010, (g) 2011 and (h) 2012 to date.

Photo of Daniel Poulter Daniel Poulter The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The Department's electronic business management system collates information on the number of employees seconded to the Department but does not hold information on the organisations from which staff are seconded to the Department.

The following table gives information about the number of secondees (as full-time equivalents) into the Department as of 30 September in each year.

‘Secondees-in’ at Department of Health
  Full-time equivalents
2005 97
2006 129
2007 147
2008 177
2009 289
2010 283
2011 169
2012 167

It should be noted that data from the previous administrative systems that the Department's business management system (BMS) replaced, existing prior to 1 July 2008, are not totally reliable.

To provide information as requested about the organisations from which staff were seconded would require a manual search of all the personnel records for secondees since 2007, which would incur disproportionate costs.

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