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Health Professions: Agency Workers

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 233443, tabled on 18 March 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many (a) doctors and (b) nurses were employed using bank and locum staff in each of the last five years.

Answered on

26 March 2019

Since April 2017 NHS Improvement collects data on the number of bank and agency staff employed by individual National Health Service providers.

The following table shows the number of full time equivalent doctors and nursing and midwifery bank and agency staff employed by NHS providers for every quarter since June 2017 to latest data.

2017/18 Q1

2017/18 Q2

2017/18 Q3

2017/18 Q4

2018/19 Q1

2018/19 Q2

2018/19 Q3

Total bank and agency- nursing and midwifery workforce

30,619

33,110

31,415

37,689

33,137

33,221

32,008

Total bank and agency - doctors’ workforce

8,441

8,887

8,820

9,640

9,297

9,093

9,294