§ Mr. Gwilym Jones
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales when he will publish his response to the report of the review of community nursing services in Wales.
§ Mr. Grist
A circular is being issued today giving the Departmental reaction to the Community Nursing Review (CNR) report "Nursing in the Community—A Team Approach for Wales" and guidance and information as to what the next steps are to be. A copy has been placed in the Library of the House.
The report was, in my view, an excellent one and reaction to it has been overwhelmingly favourable. I am very grateful to Mrs. Noreen Edwards CBE, under whose chairmanship the review was conducted, and to her team for providing such a thorough analysis of community nursing in Wales and I am glad to be able to respond favourably to almost all the report's recommendations.
I have been made particularly aware of the importance of proper training and education for community nurses in Wales and we will be making additional funding available for this and for specific support for them in the operational context.
I am sure that the work stimulated by the report will have a major beneficial impact on the community nursing service in Wales for many years to come.