HC Deb 06 December 1967 vol 755 cc310-1W
Mr. Edward M. Taylor

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what was the shortage of nurses in hospitals in each of the regions managed by the regional hospital boards in Scotland at the most recent date for which figures are available.

Mr. Ross

There are no fixed establishments of nursing staff for hospitals in Scotland, and figures for vacancies are not available centrally. Over the last 10 years the number of nursing staff (whole time equivalent) has increased on average by about 3.7 per cent. per year.