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Nurses

Volume 498: debated on Monday 2 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nurses per 100 hospital beds there were in (a) England, (b) West Suffolk Hospital and (c) Ipswich Hospital in each year since 1999. (296172)

The nurse to bed ratio has only been recorded electronically since 2001. The following table shows the number of nurses per 100 hospital beds in England, West Suffolk Hospital and Ipswich Hospital from 2001.

National health service hospital and community health services: Qualified nursing staff in England, Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust and West Suffolk Hospitals NHS Trust per 100 “total available beds1” as at 30 September each specified year

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

England

England

177.6

187.4

198.4

204.0

210.7

213.5

225.6

240.9

Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust

RGQ

158.3

163.2

167.9

170.1

175.6

170.1

188.5

187.0

West Suffolk Hospitals NHS Trust

RGR

121.2

126.7

156.8

149.9

156.3

161.1

188.6

200.4

1 The ‘total available beds’ figure is the average daily number of open and staffed beds on wards open overnight in NHS hospitals in England. Figures are submitted annually on form KH03 by each NHS Trust and provide a summary across all hospital sites within the Trust.

Notes:

1. Staff in post figures are as at 30 September. Figures are calculated against headcount.

2. Figures are rounded to one decimal place.

Sources:

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

Department of Health KH03.