Mr. Michael J. Foster
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 Worcestershire; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Denham
The table illustrates that the number of nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff, together with hospital medical staff employed in Worcestershire, has increased during the period 1992 to 1998. While the figures are not directly comparable due to hospital reconfigurations throughout the period, the figures for 1997 and 1998 clearly demonstrate the Government's commitment to continue to increase the number of doctors and nurses working in the National Health Service.
NHS Hospital and Community Health Services: Nursing, midwifery
and health visiting staff and hospital medical staff, employed
within North Worcestershire HA and Worcester and District HA 1,2
as at 30 September each year
Nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff3,4 Hospital medical doctors 5 Whole time equivalents Numbers (headcount) Numbers (headcount) Of which medical Consultants 1992 1,500 1,820 120 — 1993 3,420 4,300 120 6— 1994 3,340 4,240 200 70 1995 2,940 3,850 220 80 1996 2,790 3,610 490 160 1997 2,760 3,740 520 180 1998 2,890 3,960 540 180 1 Staff from the health authorities and other trusts within both HAs are included in these figures. 2 In 1993, 1994 and 1995 there was also North Worcestershire HA in the Worcestershire Region. 3 1992 figures exclude agency staff and include learners. 4 1993 to 1998 figures exclude agency staff and learners. 5 Before 1996, some hospital medical staff were employed directly by West Midlands Regional Authority, and so are not included in these figures. 6 Five or less and greater than zero.
A new classification of the non-medical workforce was introduced in 1995.
Information based on this classification is not directly comparable with earlier years.
Figures are rounded to the nearest 10:—zero.
Department of Health Non-Medical Workforce Census.
Department of Health Medical and Dental Workforce Census.