Written Answers. - Western Health Board Staff.

Pádraic McCormack

Ceist:

309 Mr. McCormack asked the Minister for Health and Children the total numbers employed in the Western Health Board for each of the years 1989 to 2000 under various headings (details supplied). [27602/01]

The staffing levels for the Western Health Board area as requested by the Deputy are as follows: The first year from which the information requested by the Deputy is available on a comparable basis is 1990 and consequently figures are not shown for 1989.

Western HealthBoard Area

1990

1991

1992

1993

1994

1995

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

Maintenance Technical

218

213

208

209

208

204

199

195

192

196

186

Management-admin

655

684

712

741

793

826

866

889

951

1,037

1,221

Medical-Dental

429

442

423

448

457

463

474

484

508

486

552

Nursing

2,466

2,472

2,522

2,518

2,564

2,651

2,763

2,839

2,970

2,953

3,207

Student nurses

362

350

352

364

348

179

50

0

0

0

0

Paramedical

438

449

437

454

476

503

532

556

614

619

705

Support Services

2,197

2,124

2,102

2,095

2,180

2,199

1,971

1,992

2,125

2,162

2,603

Total

6,765

6,734

6,756

6,829

7,026

7,025

6,855

6,955

7,360

7,453

8,474

Note 1: All figures are expressed as wholetime equivalents.
Note 2: The grade category of Management-Administrative also includes staff who are of direct service to patients, such as Consultants' Secretaries, Community Welfare Officers, Out-Patient Department Personnel, Ward Clerks, Medical Records Personnel and Telephonists who are engaged in front line duties.
Note 3: Figures supplied are as recorded in the annual Health Service Personnel at 31 December each year.
Note 4: With the introduction of the Nursing Diploma programme student nurses are no longer classified as employees and are therefore shown separately.