§ Mr. Dobbin
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what has been the increase in nursing provision for regional health authorities in England since 1 May 1997. 
§ Mr. Hutton
The data are shown in the table.
NHS Hospital and Community Health Services (HCHS): Total nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff, by region in England as at 30 September each year Wte Area 1997 1996 England total 330,620 332,200 Anglia & Oxford 32,040 32,310 North Thames 46,920 46,710 North West 49,300 49,740 Northern & Yorkshire 45,030 44,870 South & West 41,850 42,100 South Thames 42,680 42,250 Trent 34,760 34,930 West Midlands 34,200 35,400 SHAs and others 3,840 3,880
Figures are rounded to the nearest ten. Due to rounding totals may not equal the sum of component parts. Figures exclude learners and agency staff. 'hc' indicates number. 19,300 nursing and midwifery training commissions are planned for 1999–2000, an increase of 4,000 over three years. Because of the time lag in completing training, this increase is not reflected in the workforce data
§ Miss McIntosh
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the number of nurses(a) in the NHS and (b) at York District Hospital. 817W
§ Mr. Hutton
Data on the number of nurses are shown in the table.
NHS Hospital and Community Health Services (HCHS): Nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff, in England as at 30 September 1998 hc1 wte2 England Total 421,750 332,200 York Health Services NHS Trust 2,080 1,600 1 'hc' indicates number 2 'Wte' indicates whole time equivalent
- 1. Figures are rounded to the nearest ten
- 2. Due to rounding totals may not equal the sum of component parts
- 3. Figures exclude learners and agency staff
Department of Health Non-Medical Workforce Census.