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Health written question – answered on 4th February 2004.

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Photo of Stephen Hepburn Stephen Hepburn Labour, Jarrow

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) nurses and (b) general practitioners are in training in (a) South Tyneside, (b) Tyne and Wear, (c) the North East and (d) the UK; and what the figures were in 1997.

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

The number (headcount) of general practitioner registrars in South Tyneside Primary Care Trust (PCT), Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, County Durham and Tees Valley Strategic Health Authorities and England since 1997 is shown in table 1.

The number (whole time equivalent) of pre-registration nurses in training in Northern England Workforce Development Confederation (WDC), County Durham and Tees Valley WDC and England in each year since 1998–99, the first year the information is available, is shown in table 2. Information is not available at South Tyneside PCT level.

Information for GP registrars and nurses in training in Scotland and Wales are the responsibility of the devolved Administrations. While the institutions in Northern Ireland are dissolved, responsibility rests with Ministers in the Northern Ireland Office.

1. GP registrars in Northumberland, Tyne and Wear SHA and Co. Durham and Tees Valley Strategic Health Authority -- Number (headcount)
1997 2001 2002 June 2003
England 1,343 1,883 1,980 2,157
Northumberland, Tyne and Wear 25 55 73 78
of which:
South Tyneside PCT 3 3 4
County Durham and Tees Valley 28 34 37 51


Data as at 1 October 1997, 30 September 2001–02 and 30 June 2003.


Department of Health General and Personal Medical Services Statistics.

2. Number of students in pre-registration nursing and midwifery training between 1998–99 and 2002–03 -- Number (whole time equivalent)
England Northern England WDC County Durham and Tees Valley WDC
1998–99 39,319 1,278 695
1999–2000 44,005 1,728 752
2000–01 48,422 1,400 827
2001–02 53,299 1,883 1,032
2002–03 58,902 1,672 1,154


There have been boundary changes since 1998–99, data are not, therefore, directly comparable.


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