§ Mr. Redmond
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list for each of the last five years for the Trent regional health authority, the number of nurses engaged in school medicine and related care of children.
§ Mr. Mellor
The numbers of staff in post working in school health and special schools are shown in the table.
National Health Service staff in post in Trent regional health authority Nursing staff in primary health care at 30 September Whole-time equivalents1 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 School health 350 360 340 340 320 Special schools 20 20 20 10 20 School health and special schools 370 380 360 350 340
Source: Department of Health (SR7) annual census of National Health Service non-medical manpower.
1 Figures independently rounded to nearest 10 whole-time equivalents.
Some nursing staff working in hospitals and the community will be engaged in the care of children as part of their general nursing duties. These staff cannot, however, be identified centrally.