HC Deb 07 March 2000 vol 345 cc631-2W
Mr. Austin

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many(a) health visitors (b) district nurses, and (c) school nurses will become eligible to retire at age 55 years within the next five years; and what proportion of the current workforce in each case this represents. [112453]

Mr. Denham

The available information is in the table. Numbers of school nurses are not collected centrally.

National Health Service Hospital and Community Health Services

Staff (HCHS) nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff working

in the health visitor and district nurse area of work by specific age

in England as at 30 September 1998

whole-time equivalent
50 51 52 53 54
Health Visitors 420 450 410 360 360
Percentage of total health visitors 4.2 4.4 4.1 3.6 3.6
District Nurses 440 480 380 340 330
Percentage of total district nurses 3.9 4.2 3.3 3.0 2.9


1. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10

2. Figures exclude agency staff


Department of Health Non-Medical Workforce Census

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