HC Deb 05 February 1996 vol 271 c22W
Mr. Steinberg

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many newly qualified doctors have joined the NHS in each year since 1979; and how many hours newly qualified doctors work each week on average. [13267]

Mr. Malone

Information on the numbers of newly qualified doctors joining the NHS is not held centrally. However, the normal route is for them to become pre-registration house officers. Figures for these are shown in the table.

Number of pre-registration house officers in England as at 30 September each year since 1979
Year Number
1979 2,610
1980 2,650
1981 2,720
1982 2,710
1983 2,830
1984 2,770
1985 2,840
1986 2,810
1987 2,790
1988 2,860
1989 2,940
1990 3,020
1991 3,060
1992 3,040
1993 3,090
1994 3,020

Normally, the duration of the PRHO training period is one year.

Figures are rounded to the nearest '10'.

Again, figures for the average number of hours worked each week by junior doctors, whether or not newly qualified, are not held centrally. However, returns from regional task forces on junior doctors' hours indicate that under 1 per cent. of PRHOs were contracted for hours above the December 1994 limits and under 2 per cent. in total remain above the target to be reached by December 1996. These limits are set out in the "New Deal on Junior Doctors' Hours," a copy of which is placed in the Library.

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