Number of frontline NHS staff has fallen

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 07 September 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:575

The number of NHS frontline staff in England has dropped sharply since the 1991 reforms, according to figures in a Department of Health bulletin, despite official attempts to disguise the drop. Although two out of three staff are engaged in direct patient care, the number has fallen by more than 30 000 since 1990.

The statistics are from a census of the NHS in September 1995 using a new classification based on occupations rather than pay scales as previously. Of the total 764 210 staff employed in the hospital and community …

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