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Overseas Nurses

Volume 404: debated on Thursday 8 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many overseas nurses are employed in Northern Ireland within the national health service; and how many vacancies for nurses there are. [111799]

As at 31 March 2003 the total number of overseas nurses employed in Northern Ireland within the NHS is 560. The number and country of origin of these nurses, detailed by Trust, is given in the table.

TrustCountry of OriginNumber
Craigavon Area HospitalPhilippines45
Craigavon and BanbridgeNone0
Newry and MournePhilippines6
Armagh and DungannonNone0
Altnagelvin HospitalsPhilippines12
Sperrin LakelandPhilippines25
FoyleNone0
CausewayNone0
UnitedPhilippines17
Homefirst1Philippines5
Royal Group of HospitalsPhilippines243
Austrialia1
Belfast City HospitalPhilippines31Yugoslavia1
Africa2
Palestine1
GreenparkPhilippines22
Bulgaria1
India1
Kenya1
New Zealand1
Ulster Community and HospitalsPhilipines96
Down LisburnIndia24
North and West BelfastNone0
South and East BelfastNone0
Mater InfirmorumIndia25
Total560
1Homefirst Trust is currently recruiting additional nurses from India
Details of hospital and community nursing, midwifery and health visiting vacancies by HPSS Organisation are given in the following tables.

Hospital nursing, midwifery and health visiting vacancies by HPSS organization
HPSS organisation1Vacancies WTE2
Royal Group of Hospitals HSS Trust257.58
Altnagelvin Hospitals HSS Trust78.17
Mater Infirmorum HSS Trust46
Belfast City Hospital HSS Trust67.45
United Hospitals HSS Trust59
Craigavon Area Hospital Group HSS Trust35.1
North and West Belfast HSS Trust16
South and East Belfast HSS Trust13.5
Causeway HSS Trust12.97
Northern Ireland Blood Transfusion Service8.55
Foyle HSS Trust20
Green Park Healthcare HSS Trust41
Ulster Community and Hospitals HSS Trust44.46
Sperrin Lakeland HSS Trust24
Newry and Mourne HSS Trust5
Homefirst Community HSS Trust4
Craigavon and Banbridge2
Armagh and Dungannon HSS Trust1.8
Total736.58
1The above figures do not include vacancy numbers from Down Lisburn HSS Trust
2Whole Time Equivalent
Community nursing, midwifery and health visiting vacancies by HPSS organization
HPSS organization1Vacancies
Hometirst Community HSS Trust26
South and East Belfast HSS Trust16
North and West Belfast HSS Trust10.27
Foyle HSS Trust9
Armagh and Dungannon HSS Trust7
Craigavon and Banbridge Community HISS Trust6.71
Ulster Community and Hospitals HSS Trust3
Altnagelvin Hospitals HSS Trust2.1
Sperrin Lakeland HSS Trust2
Causeway HSS Trust2
Total84.08
1The above figures do not include vacancy numbers from Down Lisburn HSS Trust