HC Deb 02 September 2003 vol 410 c11W
Mr. Wray

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what(a) nurses and (b) doctors in NHS hospitals were paid on average in 1997; and what they are paid now. [112839]

Mr. Hutton

The estimated average amounts per whole-time equivalent paid to nurses and doctors in national health service hospitals in 1997, and the latest estimates, are given in the following table.

1997 2002
Qualified nurses 18,900 24,400
Doctors in NHS hospitals 40,400 54,500


Department of Health's August 1997 and 2000 NHS staff earnings survey.

The information in this answer relates to England only. Pay for NHS staff in Scotland and Wales is a matter for the devolved Administrations. While the institutions in Northern Ireland are dissolved, responsibility rests with Ministers in Northern Ireland.