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Nurses

Volume 455: debated on Monday 8 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of the NHS work force nurses represent; and what proportion they represented in 1997. (108073)

The table shows the proportion of the national health service work force in England represented by nurses in 1997 and 2005.

HeadcountPercentage of NHS staff

1997

2005

1997

2005

Total employed staff (inc. GP and practice staff)

1,058,686

1,365,388

100

100

Total qualified nursing staff1

318,856

404,161

30

30

Qualified nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff

300,467

381,257

28

28

GP practice nurses2

18,389

22,904

2

2

1 Nursing and midwifery figures exclude students on training courses leading to a first qualification as a nurse or midwife.

2 1997 GP and practice nurse data as at 1 October.

Sources:

1. The Information Centre for health and social care Non-Medical Workforce Census

2. The Information Centre for health and social care Medical and Dental Workforce Census

3. The Information Centre for health and social care General and Personal Medical Services Statistics

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the proportion of newly qualified nurses entering the NHS in each year since 1997 with a (a) diploma qualification and (b) degree qualification. (108621)