The NHS currently spends pounds 1.3m a year on chaplaincy services across Wales and 33.83 whole time equivalent
staff are employed in this area.
The whole time equivalent
number of practice staff employed by GPs has increased from just under 3000 to just under 4000 since 1992.
A spokesperson for North of England Commissioning Support said: "The current number of new jobs/roles created to work on the North East and North Cumbria ICS is 4.2 whole time equivalents
However, yesterday, Dr Burke reassured expectant mothers of the continuing safe care at Limerick's Maternity Hospital when he said the HSE has given a very strong commitment it will immediately be replacing the 16 and a half Whole Time Equivalents
at the hospital that are taking early retirement.
"As well as the medical staff, six neonatal nurses have been appointed in South Wales and 2.75 whole time equivalents
have been appointed in North Wales."
The number of people directly employed by the NHS has risen by 32% in the last 10 years and now stands at 71,467 whole time equivalents
The figures, published last month, also reveal the number of nursing, midwifery and health visitor staff employed by the NHS rose by 5% between 2002 and 2003 to 26.697 (whole time equivalents