Nurses: Foreign Workers

Health written question – answered on 9th September 2013.

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Photo of Jamie Reed Jamie Reed Shadow Minister (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many overseas nationals were registered as a nurse in the NHS in each of the last five years.

Photo of Daniel Poulter Daniel Poulter The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) collects data on the number of registrations to the NMC register. The following table shows the number of nurses from overseas and the European economic area registered as nurses in the national health service in each of the last 10 years:

  Overseas European economic area (excluding the United Kingdom)
2002 12,747 802
2003 13,954 1,029
2004 11,306 1,192
2005 8,634 1,745
2006 4,830 1,484
2007 2,338 1,457
2008 762 1,920
2009 550 1,970
2010 1,143 2,715
2011 1,152 3,137
2012 869 3,436
Total 58,285 20,887
Note: For each year data relates to the period of 1 April to 31 March the following year. Source: Nursing and Midwifery Council.

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