Doctors: Migrant Workers

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 27th February 2020.

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Photo of Alun Cairns Alun Cairns Conservative, Vale of Glamorgan

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many doctors have been recruited by the NHS from overseas in each last five years.

Photo of Alun Cairns Alun Cairns Conservative, Vale of Glamorgan

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many nurses have been recruited from overseas in each last five years.

Photo of Helen Whately Helen Whately Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The following tables show people with a non-United Kingdom nationality joining the National Health Service, not people who have been recruited directly from abroad.

NHS Digital publishes Hospital and Community Health Services workforce statistics. These include staff working in hospital trusts and clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), but not staff working in primary care or in general practitioner surgeries, local authorities or other providers.

The following table shows the number of doctors with a nationality other than British joining NHS trusts and CCGs as at September 2019 and at each year since 2014 (headcount).

September 2014-15

September 2015-16

September 2016-17

September 2017-18

September 2018-19

European Union

2,259

2,262

2,087

2,117

2,088

European Economic Area (EEA)

43

36

44

46

38

Rest of World

3,161

3,374

3,872

4,675

6,670

Unknown

791

807

1,143

931

713

The following table shows the number of nurses with a nationality other than British joining the NHS trusts and CCGs as at September 2019 and at each year since 2014 (headcount).

September 2014-15

September 2015-16

September 2016-17

September 2017-18

September 2018-19

EU

5,817

5,941

2,779

2,313

2,328

EEA

21

17

12

17

18

Rest of World

2,161

2,782

2,993

4,325

7,068

Unknown

1,417

1,817

1,167

1,078

733

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