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Nurses

Volume 164: debated on Monday 8 January 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health what instruction he has as to how many (a) trained and (b) untrained nursing staff were employed in (i) the private sector and (ii) the public sector, for each of the years 1978 to 1989; and if he will make a statement.

The available information is given in the tables.

Table 1
NHS nursing and midwifery staff in post (excluding agency) at 30 September each year, England Whole-time Equivalents1
YearsQualified2Unqualified3Total
1978188,260159,240347,500
1979192,010162,410354,420
1980197,900167,950365,860
1981212,100175,910388,010
1982219,300174,740394,040
1983223,620171,070394,680
1984227,730166,010393,740

Years

Qualified

2

Unqualified

3

Total

1985234,130162,900397,030
1986236,770160,470397,240
1987239,360158,550397,910
1988241,920155,920397,840

1 All figures are independently rounded to the nearest ten (10) wholetime equivalent.

2 Includes qualified nurses and midwives, health visitors and district nurses.

3 Includes learners and unqualified nursing staff.

Note: The figures have not been adjusted for the reduction in the working week from 40 to 37·5 hours introduced in 1980–81.

Source: DH (SM13) Annual Census of NHS Non-Medical Manpower

Table 2

Nursing staff (whole time equivalents), Independent sector hospitals, Nursing homes and Clinics, England

Year

1

Nursing staff

Total

1

Trained

1

Untrained

198212,20810,41622,623
198313,75411,91825,672
198415,44613,98629,432
198518,35417,73036,084
198621,68323,26644,949
198825,83630,61156,447

1 The figures for 1988 relate to the number in post (wholetime equivalents) at 31 March, the previous years figures relate to the numbers in post at 31 December

2 Registered nurses and midwives, enrolled nurses

3 Nursing auxiliaries/assistants and other non-registered/enrolled nursing staff

Source: SBH212 return 1982–1986

K036 return 1988

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will give for each year since 1959 the number of nurses employed by the National Health Service, with each year also expressed as a percentage change of the previous year.

The information requested is given in the table.

National Health Service nursing and midwifery staff in post (including agency) at 30 September each year Whole-time equivalent1
YearsEngland and Wales2Percentage change from previous year3EnglandPercentage change from previous year3
1959196,000n/a
1960197,9001·0
1961198,9000·5
1962205,3003·2
1963207,7001·2
1964212,4002·2
1965222,4004·7
1966231,5004·1
1967239,3003·4
1968241,3000·8
1969245,9001·9
1970252,8002·8
1971263,50042285,400n/a
1972303,2006·2
1973308,5001·8
1974314,1001·8
1975336,6007·2
1976341,7001·5
1977343,2000·4
1978351,0002·3
1979358,4002·1
1980370,1003·2
1981391,8005·9

Years

England and Wales

2

Percentage change from previous year

3

England

Percentage change from previous year

3

1982397,1001·4
1983397,100*
1984397,5000·1
1985401,2000·9
1986402,7000·4
1987404,0000·3
1988403,900*

Source: Department of Health (SM 13) Annual Census of National Health Service Non-Medical Manpower.

1 The manpower figures are independently rounded to the nearest hundred (100) wholetime equivalents. Percentage changes calculated on unrounded figures.* indicates less than 0·1 per cent.

2 England and Wales figures are for hospital based staff only whereas England figures related to total nursing and midwifery staff. In addition, because of changes and improvements in the collection and processing of the data between 1959 and 1988 the information is not strictly comparable. Figures for England only are not available prior to 1971.

3 Includes qualified nurses and midwives, learners and unqualified nursing staff.

4 The figures have not been adjusted for changes in the working week introduced over the period shown.