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Foreign Workers: Health Professions

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 1 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many work permits were issued for (a) nurses and (b) doctors from African countries in each year since 2005. (199404)

[holding answer 21 April 2008]: The following table shows the number of work permit applications which were approved for applications from nurses and doctors from Africa, in the period 1 January 2005 to 31 December 2007.

Africa

Doctor

Nurse

2005

590

7,840

2006

520

4,585

2007

230

2,780

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.