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NHS: Training

Health written question – answered on 29th November 2011.

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Photo of Jeremy Lefroy Jeremy Lefroy Conservative, Stafford

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of medical staff working in the NHS in each of the last 10 years were trained outside the UK.

Photo of Simon Burns Simon Burns The Minister of State, Department of Health

This information is not held centrally. The Information Centre for health and social care collects data on the number of medical staff broken down by country of primary medical qualification. The following table shows the percentage of medical staff qualified outside the United Kingdom.

Hospital and Community Health Services: All medical staff and the percentage of medical staff qualified outside the UK, England as at 30 September each year
AH medical staff (Number) Qualified outside the UK (Percentage)
2000 68,158 31.1
2001 70,314 31.9
2002 73,377 33.6
2003 77,088 34.7
2004 83,144 36.7
2005 86,660 38.3
2006 89,411 38.0
2007 90,698 37.0
2008 94,482 36.8
2009 98,619 35.7
2010(1) 99,905 35.5
(1 )This is a percentage of the total medical staff whose country of primary medical qualification is known. Note: The new headcount methodology for 2010 data is not fully comparable with previous years data due to improvements that make it a more stringent count of absolute staff numbers. Further information on the headcount methodology is available in the Census publication. Headcount totals are unlikely to equal the sum of components. Source: The NHS Information Centre for health and social care Medical and Dental Workforce Census

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