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Foreign Workers: Health Professions

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 10 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many work permits were issued for (a) doctors and (b) nurses and auxiliary nurses from non-EU states in (i) 2006 and (ii) each of the preceding 10 years. (149263)

The following table shows the number of work permit applications which were approved for overseas nationals for (a) doctors and (b) nurses from non-EU states in the period 1999 to 2006. Data prior to 1999 are not available. There have been no approvals for auxiliary nurses.

Doctor

Nurse

Total

1999

170

2,430

2,600

2000

580

15,130

15,710

2001

1,805

24,355

26,160

2002

3,120

28,740

31,855

2003

3,820

29,590

33,410

2004

4,690

29,180

33,875

2005

4,070

22,670

26,740

2006

3,830

13,685

17,520

Total

22,090

165,780

187,870

Notes:

1. Figures are rounded to the nearest 5.

2. Because of rounding figures may not add up to the totals.

The figures quoted are ‘not’ provided under National Statistics protocols and have been derived from local management information and are therefore provisional and subject to change.