HC Deb 10 November 2000 vol 356 c431W
Dr. Tonge

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much it cost the NHS to employ agency nurses(a) in the United Kingdom and (b) in London, between 1990 and 2000. [137113]

Mr. Denham

[holding answer 7 November 2000]: The table shows the total expenditure on non-NHS nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff in England, for the financial years 1991–92 to 1999–2000. These figures include all agency staff and any staff not directly employed by individual trusts and health authorities. It also shows the same information for the London region. Prior to 1994–95 the London region was calculated using the former North East, North West, South East and South West Thames regional totals. Similarly for the years 1994–95 to 1997–98, the North and South Thames regional totals have been used. The information relating to Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland is a matter for the devolved Administrations.

Analysis of expenditure on non NHS staff (agency, etc.) nursing, midwifery and health visiting—1991–92 to 1999–2000
Year Expenditure England Expenditure London
1999–20001 361,656,683 180,665,901
1998–99 272,225,162 130,573,228
1997–98 216,338,567 134,735,613
1996–97 191,496,635 128,727,083
1995–96 166,631,981 111,509,427
1994–95 132,836,673 94,021,002
1993–94 106,149,571 76,801,024
1992–93 102,433,822 72,269,339
1991–92 103,456,872 68,178,839
11999–2000 data are provisional


The line in the financial return refers to "Non-NHS staff (Agency etc.)" which may include other nursing staff not employed directly by the NHS


  1. 1. Annual Financial Returns of NHS Trusts, 1991–92 to 1999–2000
  2. 2. Annual Financial Returns of Health Authorities, 1996–97 and 1998–99
  3. 3. Annual financial returns of district and region health authorities and the special health authorities for the London postgraduate teaching hospitals, 1991–92 to 1995–96.

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