Nursing Posts

Defence written question – answered on 14 January 2002.

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Photo of Paul Burstow Paul Burstow Shadow Spokesperson (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many full-time and whole-time equivalent nursing posts (a) are vacant and (b) have been vacant for over three months in each region in the UK.

Photo of John Hutton John Hutton Minister of State, Department of Health, Minister of State (Department of Health) (Health)

Results from the 2001 national health service vacancy survey can be found on the internet at

We collect only whole-time equivalent data for three month vacancies in England.

Matters relating to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are matters for the devolved Administrations.

Department of Health vacancy survey March 2001 three month vacancies for qualified nurses, midwives and health visitors—by region in England
Whole time equivalents
England 9,000
Northern and Yorkshire 760
Trent 410
West Midlands 810
North West 940
Eastern 720
London 2,960
South East 1,750
South West 560


1. Three month vacancies are vacancies as at 31 March 2001 which trusts are actively trying to fill, which had lasted for three months or more (whole time equivalents).

2. Numbers are rounded to the nearest 10.

3. England totals include staff from Special Health Authorities.

4. Totals may not equal sum of component parts due to rounding.


Department of Health Vacancies Survey 2001

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