HC Deb 05 December 1996 vol 286 cc756-7W
Mr. Redmond

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many doctors and nurses have been employed in NHS hospitals in each year since 1990 in(a) South Yorkshire, (b) Doncaster and (c) Mexborough; and how many vacancies for doctors and nurses in South Yorkshire, Doncaster and Mexborough are currently unfilled. [2675]

Mr. Malone

Individual hospital units cannot be separately identified in the Department of Health's hospital and community health services work force censuses, but staff can be sub-divided between those working in hospitals and those working in the community on the basis of their area of work. The table shown gives information available centrally for South Yorkshire—defined as Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield district health authorities—and Doncaster district health authority. It is not possible separately to identify figures for Mexborough.

NHS Hospital and Community Health Services (HCHS) hospital doctors and nursing and midwifery staff in hospital areas of work (excluding agency staff and learners1); SouthYorkshire2 and Doncaster District Health Authority (DHA) at September 1990 to 1995
Whole-time equivalents
1990 1991 1992 19933 1994 1995
South Yorkshire2
Hospital doctors n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 1,310
Nursing and midwifery staff 9,370 9,440 9,070 10,880 9,300 n/a
Doncaster DHA
Hospital doctors n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 230
Nursing and midwifery staff 1,970 1,920 1,930 1,990 1,960 n/a
Excluded from figures above:
Yorkshire2 1,740 1,310 660 540 150 n/a
DHA 430 380 260 120 50 n/a
1Learners are nurses on traditional nurse training courses and are directly employed by the NHS HCHS. Project 2000 training was introduced in 1989 and has gradually replaced traditional pre-registration nurse training. Project 2000 students are funded by bursaries. They are supernumary not employees, and are thus excluded from the count of NHS HCHS nursing staff. Figures for Project 2000 students are not available by health authority.
2Figures for 1993 should be treated with caution due to the effects in that year of the process of transferring responsibility for the provision of census information from regional health authorities to individual NHS trusts. Comparisons over a longer period of time arc likely to give a more reliable comparison.
n/a = Not available. It is not possible to provide figures for hospital doctors below regional level before 1995 and to provide numbers of nursing and midwifery staff in hospital areas of work after 1994. All figures are rounded to the nearest 10 whole-time equivalents.


Department of Health annual medical and dental and non-medical work force censuses.

Information about the number of vacancies for doctors and nurses currently unfilled in South Yorkshire, including Doncaster and Mexborough, is not available centrally.

Figures on vacancies for HCHS nurses and midwives are collected by the office of manpower and economics and published in the annual reports of the review body for nursing staff, midwives, health visitors and professions allied to medicine; copies are in the Library.