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Community Health

Volume 229: debated on Friday 23 July 1993

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) community psychiatric nurses, (b) health visitors, (c) community midwives, (d) practice nurses, (e) other community nurses and (f) general practitioners were employed by the NHS in inner London for each of the last five years for which figures are available.

The available information is shown in the tables. Figures for tables I and 2 are not directly comparable as district health authorities (DHAs) and family health services authorities (FHSAs) boundaries differ.

Table 1:
Community psychiatric nurses, health visitors, community midwives, other community nurses, (whole-time equivalents) in inner London at 30 September, 1987–91
Community Psychiatric Nurses160170200230190
Health Visitors440640660720720
Community Midwives150160210200130
Other Community Nurses720640860880810

Notes: (i) Date applicable to DHAs in "inner London" as defined in the Tomlinson report; collected from DHAs, and, for 1991, from DHAs and NHS Trusts. (ii) Figures for community psychiatric nurses, community midwives and "Other community nurses" in 1991 are affected by coding errors. The underlying figures should be broadly unchanged from 1990.

Table 2:

Unrestricted general practitioners, and practice nurses (whole-time equivalents), at 1 October, 1988–1992






Unrestricted GPs3,221·03,260·03,223·03,177·03,186·0
Practice nurses316·5446·9897·7928·3996·2

Notes:(i) Data are for the 12 complete FHSAs which fall wholly or partly within the London initiative zone (LIZ) (ii) Figures for unrestricted GPs may have been affected by the introduction of statutory retirement at the age of 70, as from 1 April 1991.