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Nurses: Manpower

Volume 485: debated on Tuesday 9 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many full-time equivalent nurses were employed within the NHS in each year since 1996. (241049)

The number of full-time equivalent nurses (including practice nurses) from 1996 are given in the following table:

Number

1996

257,891

1997

256,093

1998

257,597

1999

261,340

2000

266,987

2001

277,334

2002

291,285

2003

304,892

2004

315,440

2005

321,537

2006

322,062

2007

322,182