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NHS: Manpower

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate she has made of supply and demand for (a) consultants, (b) GPs, (c) nurses and midwives and (d) allied health professionals in 2007-08 in the same format as that included in her Department's third draft of its pay and workforce strategy, dated 27th November 2006. (131961)

The following table shows the Department’s February 2007 estimates of the numbers of staff in particular groups in 2007-08. These figures were the latest version using the same approach as in the draft pay and workforce strategy, using the September 2005 census as the baseline.

Staff group

2007-08

Consultants

Available supply

31,600

Demand

31,000

General practitioners

Available supply

30,800

Demand

31,000

Qualified nurses

Available supply

314,500

Demand

304,800

AHP/ST&Ts

Available supply

155,300

Demand

144,100

The actual size of NHS workforce in 2007-08 will be determined by NHS organisations who will make decisions taking account of their local circumstances.