Health written question – answered on 4th March 2014.

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Photo of Andrew Gwynne Andrew Gwynne Shadow Minister (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nurses there were per 100,000 population in (a) the latest month for which figures are available and (b) the equivalent month in each of the last five years.

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

The numbers of qualified nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff per 100,000 population working in the national health service in England for November 2013, the latest month available, and each November from 2009 are shown in the following table:

NHS hospital and community health services provisional monthly statistics: Full-time equivalent qualified nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff in England per 100,000 population as at 30 November each specified year—England
As at November each year Number
2009 596
2010 592
2011 581
2012 577
20131 585
1 Figures are calculated using full time equivalent nursing figures from the provisional monthly work force statistics as at 30 November 2009-13, against the Office for National Statistics (ONS) mid-year population estimates, from 2009-12. The 2013 figure has used the 2012 ONS population estimate as these are the most recent data available from the ONS. Note: These statistics relate to the contracted positions within English NHS organisations and may include those where the person assigned to the position is temporarily absent, for example on maternity leave. Sources: Health and Social Care Information Centre Provisional Monthly Workforce Statistics. ONS mid-year population estimates.

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