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Doctors: Manpower

Volume 472: debated on Tuesday 4 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many doctors and nurses were employed by the NHS in (a) the Nottingham primary care trust area and (b) England in (i) 1997 and (ii) 2007. (187305)

The number of doctors and nurses employed by the national health service in the Nottingham primary care trust (PCT) area and England in 1997-2001 and in 2006 is shown in the following table. The figures for 2007 will be published mid March 2008.

NHS hospital and community health services (HCHS): NHS staff in England and each specified organisation in each specified staff group as at 30 September each specified year

Headcount

1997

2001

2006

England

Medical and dental staff1

60,230

68,484

90,243

General practitioners (GPs)2

28,046

28,802

33,091

Qualified HCHS nursing staff

300,467

330,535

374,538

GP practice nurses

18,389

19,846

23,797

of which:

Total specified organisations

Medical and dental staff1

1,038

1,257

GPs2

167

183

Qualified HCHS nursing staff

4,067

4,349

GP practice nurses

144

145

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

Medical and dental staff1

1,030

1,246

GPs2

n/a

n/a

Qualified HCHS nursing staff

3,442

3,759

GP practice nurses

n/a

n/a

Nottingham City PCT

Medical and dental staff1

8

11

GPs2

167

183

Qualified HCHS nursing staff

625

590

GP practice nurses

144

145

n/a = Not applicable.

1 All hospital doctors but excludes medical hospital practitioners and medical clinical assistants, most of whom are GPs working part time in hospitals, and consequently they are included in GPs.

2 General medical practitioners (excluding retainers and registrars) includes GP providers and GP others.

Notes:

1. In 2005 the Queen’s Medical Centre NHS Trust and Nottingham City Hospitals NHS Trust merged to form Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust. 2001 figures are an aggregate of these two organisations.

2. Nottingham City PCT was formed in 2001 from part of Nottingham Community Health NHS Trust, along with four other PCTs. It is impossible to calculate figures for Nottingham City PCT prior to 2001.

3. More accurate validation processes in 2006 have resulted in the identification and removal of 9,858 duplicate non-medical staff records out of the total work force figure of 1.3 million in 2006. Earlier years’ figures could not be accurately validated in this way and so will be slightly inflated. The level of inflation in earlier years’ figures is estimated to be less than 1 per cent. of total across all non-medical staff groups for headcount figures (and negligible for full time equivalents). This should be taken into consideration when analysing trends over time.

Sources:

1. The Information Centre for health and social care Non-Medical Workforce Census.

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

3. The Information Centre for health and social care General and Personal Medical Services Statistics.