§ Mr. Pavitt
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services when was the last date by which local health authorities were required to submit consultation responses on the future of nursing education to the National Health Service management board; how many replies have now been received; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Hayhoe
Health authorities were asked to respond by 15 November 1985 to the National Health Service management board's consultation on the cost and manpower implications of proposals for changes to nurse education and training put forward by the English National Board for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting. All 14 Regional Health Authorities have responded with their own views and the collated views of their Districts, and, in addition a number of district health authorities who had been invited to take part in a more detailed costing exercise responded direct.
In its consideration of the responses the management board will have to bear in mind that the proposals will have to be taken within the content of Project 2000, which was set up by the United Kingdom Central Council for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting and which I understand is expected to publish its report shortly.