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Volume 447: debated on Tuesday 13 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the net change has been in the numbers of (a) doctors, (b) nurses, (c) midwives, (d) physiotherapists and (e) cleaners in each London strategic health authority area since 1996; and if she will make a statement. (75693)

The net change in the numbers of doctors, nurses, midwives, and physiotherapists in each London strategic health authority (SHA) area since 1996 is shown in the following tables.

The Department does not collect separate data for the number of cleaners. These are included in the figures for hotel, property and estates support staff.

Specified national health service staff in the London Government office region (GOR) by SHA area as at 30 September each specified year: Doctors

Headcount and percentage headcount

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

London GOR total

All doctors

16,699

17,107

17,374

17,846

18,557

19,048

Hospital and community staff (HCHS)

12,177

12,575

12,859

13,350

14,009

14,503

General medical practitioners (excluding retainers)2

4,522

4,532

4,515

4,496

4,548

4,545

North West London

Q04

All doctors

4,147

4,422

4,209

4,273

4,694

4,730

HCHS doctors1

3,010

3,213

3,021

3,139

3,569

3,580

General medical practitioners (excluding retainers)2

1,137

1,209

1,188

1,134

1,125

1,150

North Central London

Q05

All doctors

3,612

3,680

3,754

3,866

3,933

3,935

HCHS doctors1

2,796

2,892

2,952

3,080

3,114

3,131

General medical practitioners (excluding retainers)2

816

788

802

786

819

804

North East London

Q06

All doctors

2,762

2,801

2,923

3,019

3,101

3,281

HCHS doctors1

1,878

1,913

2,027

2,125

2,176

2,382

General medical practitioners (excluding retainers)2

884

888

896

894

925

899

South East London

Q07

All doctors

3,552

3,663

3,904

3,838

3,925

4,279

HCHS doctors1

2,666

2,795

3,042

2,937

3,039

3,375

General medical practitioners (excluding retainers)2

886

868

862

901

886

904

South West London

Q08

2,625

2,541

2,584

2,850

2,904

2,823

HCHS doctors1

1,827

1,762

1,817

2,069

2,111

2,035

General medical practitioners (excluding retainers)2

798

779

767

781

793

788

Headcount and percentage headcount

2002

2003

2004

2005

Change 1996-2005

Percentage 1996-2005

London GOR total

All doctors

19,872

21,013

22,901

24,034

7,335

43.9

Hospital and community staff (HCHS)

15,263

16,134

17,827

18,814

6,637

54.5

General medical practitioners (excluding retainers)2

4,609

4,879

5,074

5,220

698

15.4

North West London

Q04

All doctors

4,907

5,143

5,494

5,625

1,478

35.6

HCHS doctors1

3,768

3,967

4,262

4,382

1,372

45.6

General medical practitioners (excluding retainers)2

1,139

1,176

1,232

1,243

106

9.3

North Central London

Q05

All doctors

4,120

4,558

4,957

5,315

1,703

47.1

HCHS doctors1

3,314

3,708

4,093

4,396

1,600

57.2

General medical practitioners (excluding retainers)2

806

850

864

919

103

12.6

North East London

Q06

All doctors

3,445

3,558

3,847

4,085

1,323

47.9

HCHS doctors1

2,500

2,572

2,871

3,073

1,195

63.6

General medical practitioners (excluding retainers)2

945

986

976

1,012

128

14.5

South East London

Q07

All doctors

4,343

4,514

5,045

5,274

1,722

48.5

HCHS doctors1

3,441

3,535

3,982

4,187

1,521

57.1

General medical practitioners (excluding retainers)2

902

979

1,063

1,087

201

22.7

South West London

Q08

All doctors

3,057

3,240

3,558

3,735

1,110

42.3

HCHS doctors1

2,240

2,352

2,619

2,776

949

51.9

General medical practitioners (excluding retainers)2

817

888

939

959

161

20.1

Qualified nurses including practice nurses and midwives

Headcount and percentage headcount

1996 3, 4

1997

19985

19995

2000

2001

London GOR total

51,580

51,980

52,700

54,302

54,600

58,000

North Central London

Q05

11,289

11,055

11,076

11,023

11,379

12,107

North East London

Q06

9,259

9,247

9,157

9,160

8,869

9,604

North West London

Q04

12,348

12,602

13,034

13,802

13,404

15,193

South East London

Q07

10,522

10,845

11,583

11,041

11,681

12,122

South West London

Q08

8,162

8,231

7,849

9,276

9,267

8,974

Headcount and percentage headcount

2002

2003

2004

2005

Change 1996-2005

Percentage change 1996-2005

London GOR total

60,638

66,185

68,239

69,102

17,522

34.0

North Central London

Q05

12,157

12,998

13,505

13,316

2,027

18.0

North East London

Q06

9,963

12,195

12,706

13,023

3,764

40.7

North West London

Q04

15,854

16,317

16,509

16,708

4,360

35.3

South East London

Q07

13,431

14,440

14,784

15,460

4,938

46.9

South West London

Q08

9,233

10,235

10,735

10,595

2,433

29.8

Qualified midwives

Headcount and percentage headcount

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

London GOR total

3,243

3,370

3,406

3,581

3,399

3,526

North Central London

Q05

469

535

529

541

528

552

North East London

Q06

746

753

111

763

691

744

North West London

Q04

775

774

780

832

884

890

South East London

Q07

673

721

817

692

666

724

South West London

Q08

580

587

503

753

630

616

Headcount and percentage headcount

2002

2003

2004

2005

1996-2005

1996-2005

London GOR total

3,601

3,981

3,950

4,338

1,095

33.8

North Central London

Q05

628

638

689

739

270

57.6

North East London

Q06

724

871

927

916

170

22.8

North West London

Q04

842

842

844

1,001

226

29.2

South East London

Q07

769

988

861

1,003

330

49.0

South West London

Q08

638

642

629

679

99

17.1

Qualified physiotherapy staff

Headcount and percentage headcount

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

London GOR total

1,989

1,985

2,071

2,179

2,296

2,317

North Central London

Q05

426

443

431

453

459

476

North East London

Q06

337

318

334

352

366

346

North West London

Q04

468

492

491

505

568

556

South East London

Q07

396

394

427

431

440

457

South West London

Q08

362

338

388

438

463

482

2002

2003

2004

2005

1996-2005

1996-2005

London GOR total

2,328

2,486

2,630

2,847

858

43.1

North Central London

Q05

471

510

524

566

140

32.9

North East London

Q06

390

421

464

516

179

53.1

North West London

Q04

565

597

614

672

204

43.6

South East London

Q07

491

516

553

585

189

47.7

South West London

Q08

411

442

475

508

146

40.3

Hotel, property and estates support staff

Headcount and percentage headcount

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

London GOR total6

4,651

4,378

3,727

3,777

3,431

3,470

North Central London

Q05

953

1,027

721

766

804

720

North East London

Q06

782

624

595

769

709

750

North West London

Q04

432

434

443

327

395

405

South East London

Q07

1,701

1,540

1,462

1,380

1,023

1,044

South West London

Q08

740

714

471

509

495

547

Headcount and percentage headcount

2002

2003

2004

2005

Change 1996-2005

Percentage change 1996-2005

London GOR total6

3,393

3,576

3,907

4,071

-580

-12.5

North Central London

Q05

755

808

1,010

1,048

95

10.0

North East London

Q06

786

854

898

1,106

324

41.4

North West London

Q04

353

402

466

463

31

7.2

South East London

Q07

1,002

1,032

1,034

1,024

-677

-39.8

South West London

Q08

497

480

499

428

-312

-42.2

1 Excludes medical hospital practitioners and medical clinical assistants, most of whom are general practitioners (GPs) working part time in hospitals.

2 General medical practitioners (excluding retainers) includes contracted GPs, GMS others, PMS others and GP registrars. Prior to September 2004 this group included CMS unrestricted principals, personal medical services (PMS) contracted GPs, PMS salaried GPs, restricted principals, assistants, GP registrars, salaried doctors (Para 52 SFA), PMS other, flexible career scheme GPs and GP

3 Practice nurse data as at October 1996.

4 Includes estimated data for Buckinghamshire.

5 Headcount practice nurse figures are estimated for these years.

6 London GOR includes a small number of staff from the London Ambulance Service who cannot be attributed to a specific strategic health authority area.

Notes:

GP retainers were first collected in 1999 and have been omitted for comparability purposes.

All data as at 30 September except GP data for 1996-1999 as at 1 October.

Source:

The Information Centre for health and social care non-medical workforce census.

The Information Centre for health and social care general and personal medical services statistics.

The Information Centre for health and social care medical and dental workforce census.