§ Mr. McLeish
To ask the Secretary of State For Health (1)if he will list for September 1994 the whole-time equivalent numbers of nurses and midwives in the NHS by each of the Former regional health authority areas; 
(2) if he will list the whole-time equivalent numbers of nurses and midwives in the NHS by each of the Former regional health authority areas for each year since 1989 to 1993 inclusive.
§ Mr. Horam
[holding answer 23 November 1995]: The information is shown in the table.947W
NHS hospital and community health services qualified and unqualified nursing and midwifery staff excluding agency staff and learners, and general medical service practice nurses, by region Whole-time equivalents 1989 1990 1991 1992 19931 1994 North Western 32,200 32,150 32,640 32,470 32,230 32,400 SHAs and others2 4,210 3,930 6,460 6,350 6,230 6,810 Not included Or the above: HCHS learners3 62,100 58,840 47,340 34,740 21,040 11,080 Project 2000 students4 n/a 3,000 10,500 18,300 28,000 32,000
1 Comparisons between 1993 and other years at sub-national level should be treated with caution. Changes over a longer period of time are likely to provide more reliable comparisons.
2 "SHAs and others" include staff in SHAs, FHSAs and other special authorities.
3 Learners are nursers on traditional nurse training courses, spending the majority of their time on patient care, and are directly employed by NHS HCHS. Project 2000 training was introduced in 1989 and has gradually replaced traditional pre-registration nurse training. Project 2000 training is predominantly college based, and students are funded by bursaries. Figures for Project 2000 students are headcounts and should not he added to figures which are whole-time equivalents.
1. All HCHS figures are at 30 September of each year, and GMS figures as at 1 October of each year.
All figures arc whole-time equivalents, rounded to the nearest 10.
'n/a' denotes not applicable.
Department of Health Non-Medical Workforce census.
Department of Health bi-annual census of General Medical Practitioners.