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Doctors: Manpower

Volume 483: debated on Tuesday 18 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) doctors and (b) nurses were employed (i) by Sefton Primary Care Trust and (ii) by the NHS in England in (A) 1997 and (B) 2008. (236722)

The information is not available in the format requested. The following table shows national health service staff in England and the Sefton Primary Care Trust (PCT) area as at 30 September for each specified year.

2002

2007

England

All doctors (excluding retainers)

103,350

127,645

General practitioners

32,292

36,420

Qualified nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff

367,520

399,597

Of which:

Sefton PCT area

All doctors (excluding retainers)

3

6

General practitioners

183

179

Qualified nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff

516

669

Notes:

1. The Sefton PCT was formed in October 2006 from a complete merger of the Southport and Formby PCT and the South Sefton PCT. Figures for 2002 are an aggregate of these two predecessor organisations.

2. Data quality: Work force statistics are compiled from data sent by more than 300 NHS trusts and PCTs in England. The Information Centre for health and social care liaises closely with these organisations to encourage submission of complete and valid data and seeks to minimise inaccuracies and the effect of missing and invalid data. Processing methods and procedures are continually being updated to improve data quality. Where this happens any impact on figures already published will be assessed but unless this is significant at national level they will not be changed. Where there is impact only at detailed or local level this will be footnoted in relevant analyses.

Sources:

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

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

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