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Agency Nurses: Manpower

Health written question – answered on 14th July 2010.

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Photo of Priti Patel Priti Patel Conservative, Witham

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nurses employed by the NHS are also employed as agency staff.

Photo of Anne Milton Anne Milton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The 2009 NHS Workforce Census shows that there are 395,229 qualified nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff (excl. general practice nurses of which there are 21,935) employed in the national health service in England.

The Department does not collect centrally whether nurses who are employed by the NHS also work as agency staff.

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