HC Deb 20 April 1972 vol 835 c157W
Dame Patricia Hornsby-Smith

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what increase there was in the numbers of health visitors, home nurses and home helps in England during 1971; and whether he will make a statement.

Sir K. Joseph

In 1971 the numbers of health visitors (in whole-time equivalents) in post in England rose to 6,035, representing an increase of 5.4 per cent. over the total for 1970 (5,733). The corresponding figures for home nurses were 9,069 (an increase of 5.3 per cent. on the 1970 total of 8,609); and for home helps 31,492 (an increase of 6.2 per cent. on the 1970 total of 29,645).