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Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 126909, tabled on 6 February 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many full-time equivalent doctors there were in the NHS in (a) 1985, (b) 1990, (c) 1995, (d) 2000, (e) 2005, (f) 2010 and (g) 2015.

Answered on

13 February 2018

NHS Digital data for monthly workforce statistics is not comparable to figures before 2009 due to a change in data collection methods.

NHS Digital publishes workforce statistics, and the following table shows the number of full-time equivalent (FTE) hospital and community health service (HCHS) doctors that were employed by the National Health Service in October in 2010 and 2015.


HCHS Doctors (FTE)

October 2010


October 2015


Source: NHS Digital monthly workforce statistics