§ Mr. Cummings
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nursing staff were employed in Hartlepool, Sunderland and Durham hospitals in each of the last five years. 
§ Mr. Malone
Comparable figures for the number of nursing staff employed in Hartlepool, Sunderland and Durham hospitals in each of the last five years are not centrally available.
The latest nursing and midwifery figures available from the Department of Health are for 1994 and relate to the national health service trusts in these three towns which all attained trust status in April 1994. Between 1991 and 1993 the nursing and midwifery staff figures were collected for each of the directly managed units—DMUs—which, after some reconfiguration, went on to form the trusts established in April 1994. For 1990, the information is available only at district health authority level; individual DMUs are not separately identifiable.
The number of nursing and midwifery staff is collected by the Department of Health's non-medical work force census. The census results are published at national level in a statistical bulletin, copies of which are available in the Library. Regional tables for the 1994 census will also be placed in the Library shortly. Results are not normally published below regional level but are available on request for 1994 at health authority, trust or DMU level. Only limited detailed figures are available for earlier years.
- DH Statistical Bulletin Non-medical Workforce Census: 95/18
- DH Statistical Bulletin Non-medical Workforce Census: 1994/11
- DH Statistical Bulletin Non-medical Workforce Census: 13/93
- DH Statistical Bulletin Non-medical Workforce Census:1/93