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Nurses: Manpower

Volume 465: debated on Tuesday 23 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nurses per 100 beds there were in (a) England, (b) the West Suffolk hospital and (c) Ipswich hospital in each year since 1997. (159223)

This information is shown in the following table.

National health service hospital and community health services: Qualified nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff per 100 beds1 in England and each specified organisation as at 30 September each specified year2

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

England

150

154

160

163

171

180

189

197

206

211

Of which:

West Suffolk Hospitals NHS Trust

93

87

103

101

117

128

140

150

160

170

Ipswich Hospitals NHS Trust

124

135

188

139

153

156

157

167

167

165

1 Average daily number of available beds, all ward types. Ward classifications on KH03. Wards open overnight; Intensive care: neonates, intensive care: paediatric, intensive care: wholly or mainly adult, terminally ill / palliative care: wholly or mainly adult, younger physically disabled; Other general and acute: neonates and children, other general and acute: elderly: normal care; Other general and acute: elderly: limited care, other general and acute: other, maternity; Mental illness: children: short stay, mental illness: children: long stay, mental illness: elderly: short stay, mental illness: elderly: long stay, mental illness: other ages: secure unit, mental illness: other ages: short stay, mental illness: other ages: long stay.

Learning disabilities, : children: short stay, learning disabilities, : children: long stay, learning disabilities, : other ages: secure unit, learning disabilities, : other ages: short stay, learning disabilities, : other ages: long stay, wards open day only: Neonates and children, Other ages. 2 Beds figures are for the financial year. Source:

The Information Centre for health and social care. Non-Medical Workforce Census. Department of Health form KH03.