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General Practitioners: Nurses

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 12 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many days a week on average GP surgeries have a practice nurse on site; how many GP surgeries which formerly had practice nurses on site have ceased to have in the last two years; and what proportion of the NHS budget for GP surgeries is ring-fenced for employing practice nurses. (209990)

The information requested is not held centrally. However, we do collect data on the numbers of practice nurses in England, which has shown a steady increase in numbers since 1997—headcount of 4,471 (24 per cent.); and full time equivalent of 4,472 (44 per cent.)—as set out in the following table:

Headcount

Full-time equivalent

1997

18,389

10,082

1998

18,894

10,359

1999

19,495

10,689

2000

19,200

10,711

2001

19,846

11,163

2002

20,983

11,998

2003

21,667

12,967

2004

22,144

13,563

2005

22,904

13,793

20061

23,797

14,616

2007

22,860

14,554

Notes:

1. More accurate validation in 2006 has resulted 9,858 duplicate records being identified and removed from the non-medical census. (These 9,858 duplicate records, broken down by main staff group, are: 3,370 qualified nurses; 1,818 qualified scientific, therapeutic and technical staff; 2,719 support to doctors and nurses; 1,562 national health service infrastructure support; and 389 in other areas.)

2. The impact of duplicates on FTE has been minimal with the removal of 507.

3. Funding is not ring-fenced for practice nurses.

Source:

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