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Health Professions: Manpower

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 16 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) doctors and (b) nurses were employed in each London borough in each year since 1997. (157634)

This information requested is not held in the format requested. Data are not collected at borough or primary care trust (PCT) level, as doctors and nurses work in both national health service trusts and PCTs, and some NHS trusts serve across borders.

However, the following table shows the amount of doctors and nurses employed in London since 1997 at strategic health authority (SHA) level.

NHS doctors and qualified nurses in the London strategic health authority area, 1997 to 2006

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

All doctors2,3

17,107

17,374

17,846

18,557

19,048

19,872

21,013

22,901

24,034

24,587

HCHS medical and dental staff2

12,575

12,859

13,350

14,009

14,503

15,263

16,134

17,827

18,814

19,356

General medical practitioners (excluding retainers)3

4,532

4,515

4,496

4,548

4,545

4,609

4,879

5,074

5,220

5,231

All qualified nurses

51,980

52,700

54,302

54,600

58,000

60,638

66,185

68,239

69,102

67,506

Qualified nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff1

49,416

49,868

51,522

51,773

55,259

57,747

63,364

65,333

66,240

64,608

Practice nurses

2,564

2,832

2,780

2,827

2,741

2,891

2,821

2,906

2,862

2,898

1 More accurate validation in 2006 has resulted in 9,858 duplicate records being identified and removed from the non medical census. Although this represents less than 1 per cent. of total records, it should be taken into consideration when making historical comparisons.

2 Excludes medical Hospital Practitioners and medical Clinical Assistants, most of whom are GPs working part-time in hospitals.

3 GP retainers were first collected in 1999 and have been omitted for comparability purposes.

Note:

Data as at 30 September each year (except GP and practice nurse data as at 1 October 1996-1999)

Source:

The Information Centre: General and Personal Medical Services; Medical and Dental Workforce Census; Non-medical Workforce Census.