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Hospital Staff

Volume 455: debated on Monday 8 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) hospitals, (b) hospital doctors, (c) nurses and (d) other hospital staff working with patients there were on (i) 2 May 1997 and (ii) the most recent date for which figures are available. (106391)

The number of medical and dental staff and qualified nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff employed by the NHS on 30 September 1997 and 2005 is shown in the table.

There is no specific definition of a hospital. An estimate of the current number of hospitals has been made using information from the National Administration Codes Services (from Connecting for Health) by extracting sites which have hospital or infirmary in their title. The total number of “hospital” sites, on this basis, is in the order of 1,200.

Hospital and community health services (HCHS): medical and dental and non-medical staff by grade and year—England at 30 September each year

Number (headcount)

1997

2005

All medical and dental staff

66,836

90,630

Qualified nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff

254,110

316,599

Note: Data include acute, elderly and general care, paediatric nursing, maternity services, psychiatric, and learning disabilities nurses. Community nursing staff are excluded. Source: The Information Centre for health and social care Medical and Dental Workforce Census. The Information Centre for health and social care Non-Medical Workforce Census.