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Nurses

Volume 447: debated on Monday 12 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nurses were working in the NHS in (a) 1979, (b) 1990, (c) 1991, (d) 1997 and (e) 2006; how many nursing redundancies there were in the period (i) 1979 to 1990, (ii) 1991 to 1997 and (iii) 1997 to 2006; and what the total change was in the number of nurses working in the NHS in the period (A) 1979 to 1990, (B) 1991 to 1997 and (C) 1997 to 2006. (73812)

The following table shows the number of qualified nurses in 1979, 1990, 1991, 1997 and 2005. Information on the number of qualified nurses in 2006 will be collected in September.

England

19791,2,3

1990

19914

1997

2005

All qualified nurses

192,052

298,966

309,781

318,856

404,161

HCHS qualified nurses

190,243

285,359

293,774

300,467

381,257

Practice nurses

1,809

13,607

16,007

18,389

22,904

1 Figures taken from 1985 HPSSS. 2 Figures for 1979 are hospital staff only and are therefore not directly comparable with later years. 3 Practice nurse figures for 1979 are estimated. 4 Practice nurse figures for 1991 may not be fully comparable with other data due to under-reporting of fund holding practice staff by FHSAs.

The following table shows the increase in the number of qualified nurses 1979-90, 1991-97 and 1997-2005.

Headcount

Change

1979-90

1991-97

1997-2005

All qualified nurses

106,914

9,075

85,305

HCHS qualified nurses

95,116

6,693

80,790

Practice nurses

11,798

2,382

4,515

Information on the number of nurse redundancies during these periods is not collected centrally.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nurses working within the NHS (a) retired and (b) left the NHS for other reasons in each year since 2001-02; how many are forecast to retire and leave in 2006-07; and if she will make a statement. (75149)

The NHS Business Services Authority (BSA) pension division is unable to provide data on retirements for nurses alone. I have asked the BSA to write to the hon. Member to let her know what data can be provided that might be of assistance.

Information on the number of nurses leaving the national health service is not collected centrally.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much has been spent on (a) voluntary exit schemes and (b) mandatory redundancy schemes for nurses working in the NHS in each year since 2001-02; what the forecast expenditure is for 2006-07; and if she will make a statement; (75154)

(2) how many nurses left the NHS on (a) voluntary exit schemes and (b) mandatory redundancy schemes in each year since 2001-02; how many are forecast to leave in 2006-07; and if she will make a statement.