§ Mr. Ivan Henderson
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many(a) general practitioners, (b) consultants and (c) nurses were employed by Essex Rivers Healthcare Trust in each year since 1997. 
§ Mr. Lammy
The information available is shown in the table.
Hospital, public health medicine and community health services
(HCHS): consultants employed at Essex Rivers Healthcare Trust
(RDE) 1997-March 2002 England as at 30 September1 Headcount
Headcount 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 March
Consultants 75 75 83 84 90 94 Qualified
1,056 1,096, 1,122 1,077 0,014 3—
1 Figures are as at 30 September, except for 2002, where figures as at 31 March.
2 Figures exclude learners
3 Denotes information unavailable.
Department of Health medical and dental workforce census
Department of Health non-medical workforce census
National health service trusts do not employ staff as general practitioners.