FOI Ref: FOI/2023/4855

You asked

​​Could you please tell me the total amount of doctors and nurses that have died from COVID-19 in England in the period 2020 to 2022, broken down by individual year and also month, if possible?

We said

Thank you for your request.

Occupations are defined using the Standard Occupation Classification (SOC 2010). Definitions of all groups and individual occupations can be found via the following link: SOC 2010.

Our latest release on this topic, named Coronavirus (COVID-19) related deaths by occupation, England and Wales: deaths registered between 9 March and 28 December 2020, provides COVID-19 deaths by minor occupation group in Table 6. This is split by sex aged between 20-64. This was not aggregated further with lockdown and non-lockdown periods due to disclosive figures that would be produced, in line with our disclosure control policy: Policy on protecting confidentiality in tables of birth and death statistics.

The occupational codes used are:

  • 2211 Medical Practitioner
  • 2212 Psychologists
  • 2231 Nurses
  • 2232 Midwives

Please see Table 4 of the dataset for more healthcare-related codes.

We have also produced adhoc datasets on this topic, which you may find useful:

Further analysis on this topic would need to be created as a bespoke output via our bespoke services route. Such services are subject to disclosure control, legal frameworks, resources and agreement to costs, in line with the ONS Charging policy. If you would like to discuss further or to obtain a quote for a custom extract,  please contact