HC Deb 31 January 1992 vol 202 c695W
Mr. Oppenheim

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will give figures for the number of patients treated in the southern Derbyshire district in 1979 and the latest year for which figures are available.

Mr. Dorrell

Between 1979 and 1990–91, the number of in-patients and day cases treated in national health service hospitals in Southern Derbyshire district health authority increased from 47,540 hospital discharges to 68,163 finished consultant episodes, an increase of 36 per cent. on a comparable basis.

England (whole-time equivalent)
1986–87 1987–88 1988–89 1989–90 1990–91
Number of qualified nurses and midwives in post in the National Health Service at 30 September1 246,280 248,250 250,670 252,740 252,870
Number completing pre-registration nurse training 24,100 22,110 17,390 18,150 19,010
Net wastage2 21,800 19,910 15,150 17,050 n/a
Source: Department of Health (SMI3) Annual Census of National Health Service Non-Medical Manpower; English National Board.
1Excludes agency staff.
1Net wastage is the total number of those who do not take up posts in the National Health Service on initial qualification and those who leave National Health Service employment, net of "returners". It is calculated by subtracting from the number of staff in post at the end of the financial year (average of successive September figures) the number of staff in post at the beginning of the year plus the number completing pre-registration nurse training during the year.


1. Because enrolled nurses on conversion courses are included in both the "number of qualified nurses and midwives in post" and the "number completing pre-registration nurse training", the figures for net wastage will be overstated.

2. All figures are rounded to the nearest ten.

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