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Nhs Pay

Volume 410: debated on Tuesday 2 September 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) nurses and (b) doctors in NHS hospitals were paid on average in 1997; and what they are paid now. [112839]

The estimated average amounts per whole-time equivalent paid to nurses and doctors in national health service hospitals in 1997, and the latest estimates, are given in the following table.

Qualified nurses18,90024,400
Doctors in NHS hospitals40,40054,500


Department of Health's August 1997 and 2000 NHS staff earnings survey.

The information in this answer relates to England only. Pay for NHS staff in Scotland and Wales is a matter for the devolved Administrations. While the institutions in Northern Ireland are dissolved, responsibility rests with Ministers in Northern Ireland.