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NHS: Staff

Question for Department of Health

UIN 112112, tabled on 7 November 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Answer of 20 April 2017 to Question 71524, on NHS staff, what estimate he has made of the average cost to the NHS of employing one (a) nurse, (b) midwife, (c) doctor and (d) GP in 2016-17.

Answered on

15 November 2017

The Department’s estimates of the average cost to the National Health Service employing one nurse, midwife, doctor and general practitioner (GP) at a full-time equivalent are set out in the table below. These costs include total earnings, national insurance and pension contributions. The latest data available is for 2016/17. Latest GP data available is for 2015/16.

Staff Group

Estimated Average Paybill per Full-Time Equivalent, 2016/171 2

Qualified nurses, midwives and health visitors




All hospital and community health services doctors


GP (Contractor)


GP (Salaried)3





3A proportion of salaried GPs are employed on a part-time basis which accounts for the lower average income of £55,900.