Hospitals: Doctors and Nurses

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 10th March 2020.

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Photo of Laurence Robertson Laurence Robertson Conservative, Tewkesbury

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many (a) doctors and (b) nurses have been employed in hospitals in each of the last 20 years for which figures are available.

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

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

Due to changes in the data collection and processing methodology, it is not possible to compare data prior to September 2009. Data from 2009 onwards relate to the HCHS workforce directly employed in National Health Service trusts and CCGs who are paid for activity. Data from 2000 to 2008 will include some staff not receiving pay for activity and some staff employed by NHS support organisations and central bodies.

The following table shows the number of doctors and nurses and health visitors in NHS trusts and CCGs as at September for each year specified, full time equivalent.

Doctors

Nurses and health visitors

2000

62,094

229,588

2001

64,055

238,647

2002

68,260

250,648

2003

72,260

260,149

2004

78,462

268,704

2005

82,568

276,086

2006

85,975

277,387

2007

87,533

275,211

2008

91,586

281,021

The following table shows the number of doctors and nurses and health visitors in NHS trusts and CCGs as at November 2019, the latest available data and at September for each year specified, full time equivalent.

Doctors

Nurses and health visitors

2009

95,410

278,470

2010

97,130

279,883

2011

98,389

277,047

2012

99,529

271,407

2013

101,137

274,627

2014

103,330

278,981

2015

104,498

281,474

2016

106,131

284,288

2017

109,002

283,853

2018

111,247

285,674

2019

116,416

292,934

November 2019

117,382

297,449

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