HC Deb 13 January 1989 vol 144 cc753-4W
Mr. Butler

To ask the Prime Minister what increase there has been in the number of nurses and midwives in the National Health Service in the United Kingdom since September 1978.

The Prime Minister

Between September 1978 and September 1987 the total number of nursing and midwifery staff in the United Kingdom has increased by 69,900 wholetime equivalents (16 per cent.).