#nhs stats

NHS funding

  • NHS net expenditure has increased from £49.021 billion in 2001/02 to £104.333bn in 2011/12. The 2013 Budget indicated that expenditure for 2012/13 amounted to around £106.6bn (£102.9bn resources and £3.7bn capital).
  • The money spent per capita on NHS services in England has risen from £1,287 in 2003/04 to £1,979 in 2010/11.
  • The NHS surplus for the 2011/12 financial year (including FTs) was £2.068bn.  

NHS organisations     

In the NHS there are currently:

  • 211 clinical commissioning groups (including 43 authorised without conditions)
  • 162 acute trusts (including 100 foundation trusts)
  • 58 mental health trusts (including 41 foundation trusts) 
  • 36 community trusts (including 18 aspirant foundation trusts and 18 social enterprises)
  • 11 ambulance trusts (including 5 foundation trusts)
  • c.10,500 GP practices
  • c2300 hospitals in the UK  

NHS staff

  • In 2012 the NHS employed 146,075 doctors, 369,868 qualified nursing staff, and 37,314 managers.
  • The number of doctors employed by the NHS has increased by an annual average of 3.4 per cent since 2002.
  • There were 41,615 additional doctors employed in the NHS in 2012 compared to 2002.
  • There were 34,006 more NHS nurses in 2012 compared to ten years earlier. However the total has declined in each of the past two years.
  • 2,475 more practice nurses were employed by GPs in 2012 than ten years earlier.
  • 50.5 per cent of NHS employees are professionally qualified clinical staff.
  • Since 2002 the number of professionally qualified clinical staff within the NHS has risen by 20.14 per cent. This rise includes an increase in doctors of 40 per cent; a rise in the number of nurses of 10 per cent; and 19 per cent more qualified ambulance staff.
  • Medical school intake rose from 5,062 in 1997/98 to 8,035 in 2011/12 – a rise of 58.7 per cent.  


  • Managers and senior managers accounted for 2.74 per cent of the 1.358 million staff employed by the NHS in 2012.
  • Between 2002 and 2012 the NHS recruited 5,020 additional managers, an average annual increase of 1.5 per cent. The number has declined in each of the past three years. In the same period more than 75,600 additional doctors and nurses have been recruited.
  • In 2008/09 the management costs of the NHS had fallen from 5.0 per cent in 1997/98 to 3.0 per cent.

International comparisons

  • In comparison with the healthcare systems of six other countries (Australia, Canada, Germany, Netherlands, New Zealand and USA) the NHS was found to the second most impressive overall by the Commonwealth Fund in 2010.
  • The NHS was rated as the best system in terms of efficiency, effective care and cost-related problems. It was also ranked second for equity and safe care.
  • However in the categories of long healthy and productive lives (6th) and patient-centred care (7th) the NHS fared less well.

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