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NHS Nurses: Training

Baroness Cumberlege asked Her Majesty's Government:

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Baroness Jay of Paddington: The information requested is not held centrally. I refer the noble Baroness to the national boards for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland for the information that is available on the number of nurses entering training in each year since 1970.

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NHS Nurses: Staffing

Baroness Cumberlege asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What was the total number of whole-time equivalent hospital and community health services qualified, and general medical services practice nurses for each year since 1970;

    What was the number of (a) qualified, (b) unqualified, (c) learners and (d) other whole-time

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    equivalent hospital and community health services nursing and midwifery staff in each year since 1970;

    What was the number of general medical services practice nurses in each year since 1970; and

    What was the number of nurses on bank or agency contracts in each year since 1970.

Baroness Jay of Paddington: The information requested is shown in the following tables.

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NHS hospital and community health services (HCHS) and General Medical Services (GMS) Nursing and midwifery staff Great Britain as at 30 September of each year
whole-time equivalents

HCHS qualified staffHCHS unqualified staffHCHS learnersOther HCHS N&M staffAll HCHS nursing and midwifery staffof which Bank nurses(11)Agency nurses(12)GMS practice nurses
1970--(16)--(16)--(16)--(16)--(16)--(16)--(16)--(16)
1971175,84073,61094,200--(15)343,640--(16)3,000--(16)
1972183,39081,56099,490--(15)364,440--(16)3,290--(16)
1973185,12084,250101,230--(15)370,600--(16)4,160--(16)
1974189,57090,22097,850--(15)377,630--(16)4,990--(16)
1975202,460103,68097,670--(15)403,820--(16)4,240--(16)
1976213,23098,820101,910--(15)413,960--(16)1,860--(16)
1977219,90099,68096,120--(15)487,700--(16)2,480--(16)
1978--(16)--(16)--(16)--(16)--(16)--(16)3,780940
1979--(16)--(16)--(16)--(16)--(16)--(16)4,2301,050
1980(13)253,700116,28087,390--(15)457,370--(16)4,4801,130
1981255,510121,06097,310--(15)473,880--(16)4,0101,310
1982264,660119,52097,100--(15)481,2803503,1601,630
1983270,290117,08094,980--(15)482,3502,4302,4801,840
1984275,990114,30091,150--(15)481,4403,1103,8302,160
1985282,730115,95086,050--(15)484,7303,7104,2002,480
1986287,200116,40082,870--(15)486,4804,2205,5902,800
1987290,830118,55078,840--(15)488,2204,9106,3303,110
1988293,960117,39077,070--(15)488,4205,8306,4703,880
1989297,780116,31076,120--(15)490,2205,9107,4205,200
1990295,700114,39072,4303,730486,2506,2307,0208,780
1991296,840114,66060,26011,050482,8108,5404,1909,950
1992300,120115,68044,6806,630467,11010,0203,48010,340
1993295,020116,83027,1306,620445,61012,0305,04010,910
1994290,970117,50713,5806,620336,72012,9004,65010,450
1995(14)298,910117,6045,4606,270335,70014,8706,21011,180
1996(14)299,980108,9543,3904,390324,34015,6106,73011,330

Notes:

(11) England only.

(12) England and Scotland only.

(13) Figures before 1980 are not directly comparable with those for later years due to a reduction in nurses standard working hours in

1980-81 from 40 to 37.5 hours per week.

(14) A new classification for the non-medical workforce was introduced in England in 1995 and in Wales from 1996. Information based on this classification is not directly comparable with earlier years.

Figures for Project 2000 students are excluded from the table.

Figures are rounded to the nearest ten, consequently figures may not equal the sum of components.

(15) denotes zero.

(16) denotes not available.


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NHS hospital and community health services (HCHS) and General Medical Services (GMS) Nursing and midwifery staff United Kingdom as at 30 September of each year
whole-time equivalents

HCHS qualified staffHCHS unqualified staffHCHS learnersOther HCHS N&M staffAll HCHS nursing and midwifery staff
1970--(20)--(20)--(20)--(19)--(20)
1971--(20)--(20)--(20)--(19)--(20)
1972--(20)--(20)--(20)--(19)--(20)
1973--(20)--(20)--(20)--(19)--(20)
1974--(20)--(20)--(20)--(19)--(20)
1975--(20)--(20)--(20)--(19)--(20)
1976--(20)--(20)--(20)--(19)--(20)
1977--(20)--(20)--(20)--(19)--(20)
1978--(20)--(20)--(20)--(19)--(20)
1979--(20)--(20)--(20)--(19)--(20)
1980(17)263,530--(20)--(20)--(19)--(21)
1981266,160124,250101,860--(19)492,270
1982275,850122,630101,510--(19)499,990
1983281,830120,11099,270--(19)501,210
1984287,830117,21095,220--(19)500,260
1985294,850118,74089,590--(19)503,180
1986299,440119,14086,050--(19)504,630
1987303,050121,31081,850--(19)506,210
1988306,460120,17079,940--(19)506,570
1989310,280119,14078,840--(19)508,260
1990308,150117,34075,0803,730504,300
1991309,350117,85062,31011,050500,560
1992312,520118,96045,8306,630483,940
1993307,240120,17027,4906,620461,520
1994303,070117,50713,6306,620440,830
1995(18)310,920117,6045,5006,270440,290
1996(18)311,790108,9503,4304,390428,560

Notes:

(17) Figures before 1980 are not directly comparable with those for later years due to a reduction in nurses standard working hours in

1980-81 from 40 to 37.5 hours per week.

(18) A new classification for the non-medical workforce was introduced in England in 1995 and in Wales from 1996. Information based on this classification is not directly comparable with earlier years.

Figures for Project 2000 students are excluded from the information provided in the table.

Figures are rounded to the nearest ten, consequently figures may not equal the sum of components.

(19) denotes zero.

(20) denotes not available.

(21) denotes not applicable.


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