HC Deb 19 July 1983 vol 46 cc113-4W
Mr. Ralph Howell

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many doctors and nurses are employed by the National Health Service within the United Kingdom; and whether, in order to plan the future training programme, he will collect statistics on the numbers of doctors and nurses who are unemployed.

Crude mortality rates per 1,000 population for Liverpool special areas and England and Wales
1981 and 1982
Area Persons Male Female
1981 1982 1981 1982 1981 1982
England and Wales 11.6 11.7 12.0 12.0 11.3 11.5
Liverpool Special Areas 14.6 14.8 14.2 14.9 14.9 14.7

1982 rates for Liverpool special areas are provisional.

1982 population for Liverpool special areas has been estimated.

Mr. Parry

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what are the perinatal and infant mortality rates for the Liverpool special areas; and what are the rates for England and Wales as a whole.

Mr. John Patten

The information requested is as follows:

Mr. Kenneth Clarke

At 30 September 1982 in the United Kingdom there were 43,456 hospital medical staff, excluding hospital practitioners and doctors holding paragraph 94, appointments; 7,308 staff in the community health service and 30,648 general medical practitioners. These figures exclude locums, for whom information on a United Kingdom basis is not available.

Figures which separately identify qualified nurses are not yet available for 1982. The number of qualified nurses and midwives — excluding agency staff and student midwives and health visitor students—employed in the National Health Service in the United Kingdom at 30 September 1981 was 266,440 in whole time equivalent terms.

The Department collects a range of statistics relevant to manpower planning. This does not include information on unemployment, but the Department and health authorities are reviewing their manpower planning needs and are fully aware of the importance of this information.

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