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Doctors: EU Nationals

Volume 472: debated on Thursday 21 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information his Department holds on which European countries’ doctors in the UK (a) have come from and (b) are likely to come from in the future, based on current staffing and future projections, as a result of the EU Professional Qualifications Directive for Health Professionals. (186640)

The European countries that doctors come from is not collected centrally. The NHS Workforce Census does collect the countries where doctors qualified. Such information as is available is shown in the following table.

The European Union Professional Qualifications Directive may have an impact of the future flows from European countries because the directive is about freeing up professional mobility. The flow of doctors will continue to depend upon the requirements of employing organisations and the competitiveness of doctors applying for employment.

Hospital and Community Health Services: medical and dental1 staff by country of qualification showing other European economic area by country

England as at 30 September 2006

All staff1 (number—headcount)

England

93,320

United Kingdom

55,445

Other EEA

5,629

Austria

83

Belgium

103

Bulgaria

77

Czech Republic

262

Czechoslovakia

1

Denmark

43

Estonia

8

Finland

14

France

76

Germany

993

Greece

504

Hungary

156

Iceland

10

Irish Republic

1,390

Italy

375

Latvia

35

Lithuania

43

Malta

122

Netherlands

160

Norway

6

Poland

462

Portugal

20

Romania

156

Slovakia

42

Slovenia

4

Spain

372

Sweden

48

Switzerland

29

Unknown—Europe

35

Elsewhere

28,337

Unknown—Dental

3,909

1 All dental staff are shown as unknown within the table. 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 therefore unknown.

Source:

The Information Centre for health and social care Medical and Dental Workforce Census.