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Healthcare Assistants: Migrant Workers

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 19724, tabled on 24 February 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) EU and )b) overseas nationals employed as semi-skilled ancillary staff in (a) National Health Service hospitals and (b) the private care sector as care assistants.

Answered on

27 February 2020

NHS Digital publishes Hospital and Community Health Services workforce statistics. These include staff working in hospital trusts and clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), but not staff working in primary care or in general practitioner surgeries, local authorities or other providers.

The following table shows the number of support staff in Central Functions and Hotel, Property and Estates, by nationality group, in National Health Service trusts and CCGs in England, as at 31 October 2019, the latest available data (full time equivalent).

This is not a measure of the number of ancillary staff employed in NHS funded services carried out in the private sector. This does not include staff involved in contracted out services.

Care setting

Level

European Union

European Economic Area

Rest of World

Unknown

All care settings

All levels

6,893

33

6,267

7,472

Central functions

Healthcare Assistant

-

-

-

6

Central functions

Support Worker

148

-

156

186

Central functions

Clerical and administrative

2,578

25

2,613

3,665

Hotel, property and estates

Clerical and administrative

223

1

171

304

Hotel, property and estates

Estates (maintenance and works)

368

1

235

413

Hotel, property and estates

Healthcare Assistant

15

-

10

1

Hotel, property and estates

Support Worker

3,561

6

3,083

2,897

Answered by

Department of Health and Social Care
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