§ Hugh Bayley
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nationals of sub-Saharan African countries are employed by the NHS(a) directly and (b) through private agencies. 
§ Mr. Hutton
The information requested is not collected centrally.
Health care professionals who work in the United Kingdom have to be registered with the relevant body. East body produces a statistical breakdown of their register.
Hospital, public health medicine and community health services (HCHS) consultants, NHS Plan group GPs, all NHS qualified nursing,
midwifery and health visiting staff including practice nurses employed by unrestricted principals and equivalents (UPEs)1 and NHS
hospital and community health service midwives—England
Number (headcount) Change 1997–98 1998–99 1999–2000 2000–01 2001–02 2002–03 Consultants 850 997 1,080 1,381 1,288 I,680 NHS Plan GPs2 205 216 126 209 400 1,156 Nurses3 4,601 6,180 6,495 14,429 17,139 18,839 Midwives 456 -42 -227 503 174 692 1 UPEs include GMS unrestricted principals, PMS contracted GPs and PMS salaried GPs. 2 NHS Plan GPs includes GMS unrestricted principals, PMS contracted GPs, PMS salaried GPs, restricted principals, assistants, salaried doctors, PMS other and flexible career schemes. 3 Practice nurse headcount figures are estimated for 1998 and 1999. Note: All data as at 30 September 1997–2002 and 30 June 2003 except GP and practice nurse data 1997–99. Source: Department of Health General and Personal Medical Services Statistics Department of Health Medical and Dental Workforce Census Department of Health Non-Medical Workforce Census