§ Mr. Biggs-Davison
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland in which hospitals there is a shortage of nurses; and for what reasons.
§ Mr. Carter
Nursing vacancies exist at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Stradreagh, Waterside, Altnagelvin, Gransha, St. Columb's, Roe Valley, Derg Valley, Tyrone and Fermanagh and Tyrone County hospitals. These vacancies have arisen partly because of the opening of 223W new facilities, partly because of an increase in nursing establishments at certain hospitals and, in the case of the Western Health and Social Services Board, partly because of a shortage in nursing accommodation.