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NHS Work Force

Volume 455: debated on Thursday 25 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) headcount and (b) full-time equivalent size of the overall NHS work force was in each year since 1979. (115000)

This information is shown in the following tables:

Numbers (headcount)

England

All NHS staff

All NHS doctors

HCHS medical and dental staff1

General medical practitioners2

GP practice staff3

HCHS non medical staff4

1979

n/a

65,442

42,380

23,062

n/a

n/a

1980

n/a

66,997

43,323

23,674

37,400

n/a

1981

n/a

68,479

44,120

24,359

39,200

n/a

1982

1,034,750

69,493

44,658

24,835

41,400

923,857

1983

1,046,975

70,807

45,466

25,341

44,200

931,968

1984

1,040,642

71,162

45,374

25,788

46,700

922,780

1985

1,039,952

72,101

45,911

26,190

49,300

918,551

1986

1,031,934

72,731

46,202

26,529

52,100

907,103

1987

1,036,587

73,244

46,221

27,023

52,700

910,643

1988

1,036,852

74,560

47,140

27,420

57,200

905,092

1989

1,050,383

76,101

48,352

27,749

62,200

912,082

1990

1,041,193

77,354

49,831

27,523

73,952

889,887

1991

n/a

78,160

50,273

27,887

77,196

n/a

1992

n/a

79,232

51,047

28,185

80,213

n/a

1993

1,051,427

80,738

52,278

28,460

84,185

886,504

1994

1,038,737

81,319

52,584

28,735

84,211

873,207

1995

1,052,428

84,459

55,590

28,869

97,794

870,175

1996

1,056,501

86,584

57,468

29,116

97,379

872,538

1997

1,058,686

89,619

60,230

29,389

100,047

869,020

1998

1,071,562

91,837

62,140

29,697

100,975

878,750

1999

1,097,376

93,981

63,994

29,987

105,828

897,567

2000

1,117,841

96,319

66,067

30,252

102,270

919,252

2001

1,166,016

99,169

68,484

30,685

104,319

962,528

2002

1,223,824

103,350

72,168

31,182

107,275

1,013,199

2003

1,282,930

108,993

76,400

32,593

110,091

1,063,846

2004

1,331,087

117,036

82,951

34,085

112,254

1,101,797

2005

1,365,388

122,345

87,043

35,302

112,094

1,130,949

n/a = not available

1 Excludes medical hospital practitioners and medical clinical assistants, most of whom are also GPs that work part time in hospitals.

2 Excluding retainers. GP retainers were first collected in 1999 and are omitted for comparability purposes.

3 Practice staff headcount data are rounded to the nearest hundred for 1980 to 1989, figures for 1990 onwards are unrounded.

4 A new system of occupation coding for NHS non-medical staff was introduced in 1995. Figures for 1994 and earlier are not directly comparable with later years.

Full time equivalents

England

All NHS staff

All NHS doctors

HCHS medical and dental staff

General medical practictioners1

GP practice staff2,3

HCHS medical staff4

1979

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

1980

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

19,944

n/a

1981

n/a

n/a

n/a..

n/a

21,901

n/a

1982

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

23,117

782,761

1983

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

24,624

787,164

1984

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

25,994

776,981

1985

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

27,394

769,902

1986

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

29,441

758,341

1987

n/a

n/a

41,522

n/a

29,320

755,863

1988

n/a

n/a

42,836

n/a

33,703

748,644

1989

n/a

n/a

44,091

n/a

37,546

751,067

1990

n/a

n/a

45,391

n/a

45,333

742,806

1991

n/a

73,662

46,527

27,135

48,731

n/a

1992

n/a

74,522

47,222

27,299

51,020

n/a

1993

852,834

76,124

48,737

27,387

53,952

722,758

1994

839,478

76,840

49,345

27,495

51,833

710,804

1995

842,310

80,064

52,575

27,489

59,254

702,992

1996

848,104

81,783

54,233

27,549

59,318

707,003

1997

846,298

84,758

57,099

27,660

60,579

700,961

1998

855,129

86,594

58,746

27,848

61,332

707,203

1999

873,226

88,371

60,338

28,033

63,087

721,767

2000

892,230

90,248

62,094

28,154

62,583

739,399

2001

930,633

92,495

64,055

28,439

64,998

773,141

2002

977,961

96,999

68,260

28,740

67,107

813,854

2003

1,026,976

102,037

72,260

29,777

69,140

855,799

2004

1,071,203

109,224

78,462

30,762

72,006

889,973

2005

1,103,789

114,251

82,568

31,683

72,990

916,548

n/a = data not available

1 Excluding retainers. GP retainers were first collected in 1999 and are omitted for comparability purposes.

2 Practice staff figures for 1991 to 1994 may not be fully comparable with other data due to under-reporting of fundholding practice staff by FHSAs.

3 Includes estimated data for Buckinghamshire.

4 A new system of occupation coding for NHS non-medical staff was introduced in 1995. Figures for 1994 and earlier are not directly comparable with later years.

Notes:

1. Full time equivalent figures are rounded to the nearest whole number.

2. The first medical and dental figures included are for 1987 as figures before then are not seen as being comparable. GP FTE figures were not calculated before 1990, and the first FTE figure we can locate for GPs are for 1991.

3. All data as at 30 September except GP data as at 1 October 1975-99 and 30 September 2000-05. In both cases (headcount and FTE) the non-medical data which makes up the greatest proportion of the NHS workforce only goes back to 1982. Data for years before this are not seen as sufficiently comparable to include in this time series. Total non-medical figures are also not available for 1991 and 1992 as for these years half the census was paper-based and half electronic, so as we no longer hold the paper returns, our systems only have an incomplete record for these years.

Source:

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

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

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the evidential basis was for her statement on Sky News on 7 January 2007 that the NHS work force would see a reduction of 18,000 jobs in the 2006-07 financial year. (115027)

This figure is based on trends in employment levels reported by trusts and primary care trusts since April 2006.