HC Deb 28 February 2000 vol 345 cc71-2W
Mr. Paul Marsden

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list for each year from 1992 to date the number of(a) nurses, (b) doctors and (c) consultants employed by NHS trusts in Shropshire; and if he will make a statement. [110133]

Mr. Denham

Although the numbers of nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff in Shropshire declined over the years 1994–1997, the numbers have increased for 1998. The numbers of hospital medical doctors employed in Shropshire has steadily increased since 1993. However, as new classification methods were introduced in 1995, information for later years is not directly comparable with earlier years (see notes).

NHS hospital and community health services (HCHS): nursing,midwifery and health visiting staff and hospital medical staff

, employed within Shropshire

Nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff1,2 Hospital medical doctors3
Whole time equivalents Numbers (headcount) Numbers (headcount) Of which Medical Consultants
1992 2,330 2,930 220
1993 2,350 3,160 270 40
1994 2,370 3,040 360 130
1995 2,170 2,720 390 140
1996 2,130 2,680 420 140
1997 2,100 2,630 440 150
1998 2,190 2,770 460 160
1 1992, 1993 and 1994 figures include agency staff and exclude learners
2 1995 to 1998 figures exclude agency staff and learners
3 Includes all hospital medical staff employed within the Shropshire Health Authority area (but before 1996, some doctors were employed directly by West Midlands Regional Health Authority, and are not included in these figures).


Figures are rounded to the nearest 10 and are as of 30 September every year. A new classification of the non-medical workforce was introduced in 1995. Information based on this classification is not directly comparable with earlier years.


Department of Health Non-Medical Workforce Census

Department of Health Medical and Dental Workforce Census

in each of the past 10 years by local authority has been placed in the Library. The ten local authorities with the highest total number of notifications of tuberculosis over the past 10 years in England and Wales are given in the table. The table gives absolute numbers and not population based rates. Information on the incidence of rickets is not collected centrally.