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Nursing

Volume 455: debated on Thursday 25 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many foreign (a) nurses and (b) doctors were employed as nurses in the NHS in 2005-06. (115572)

The number of doctors employed in the national health service who qualified outside the United Kingdom is shown in the table. Information relating to the country of qualification or origin is not collected centrally for nurses.

All doctors: hospital and community health services (HCHS) medical staff1,2 and general medical practitioners3 by country of primary medical qualification, as at 30 September 2005, England

Number (headcount)

All countries of qualification

Qualified in UK

Qualified outside UK

of which:

Qualified in remainder of European Economic Area

Qualified elsewhere

All doctors1,2,3

119,017

79,247

39,770

6,810

32,960

HCHS medical staff1,2

83,073

50,721

32,352

5,041

27,311

General medical practitioners3

35,944

28,526

7,418

1,769

5,649

1 Excludes all staff with a dental specialty. Information about country of qualification is derived from the General Medical Council. For staff in dental specialties, with a General Dental Council registration, the country of qualification is unknown.

2 Excludes medical hospital practitioners and medical clinical assistants, most of whom are also GPs working part time in hospitals.

3 All general medical practitioners includes contracted GPs, GMS others, PMS others, GP registrars and GP retainers

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