HC Deb 23 May 1989 vol 153 c482W
18. Mr. Corbyn

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many appeal cases concerning nurses' gradings have been(a) lodged, (b) upheld and (c) refused since I April 1988, by authority.

Mr. Freeman

I refer the hon. Member to the reply given to the hon. Member for Leicester, East (Mr. Vaz) earlier today.

68. Mr. Andrew Smith

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on nursing staff levels in Oxfordshire.

Mr. Mellor

As at 31 March 1989 the Oxfordshire DHA had 4,232.1 "worked whole time equivalent" nursing and midwifery staff. Recruitment of trained nursing staff is satisfactory in most specialties and an additional £200,000 has been made available by the district to the John Radcliffe hospital to deploy additional staff on medical and surgical wards. A new nurse training scheme, due to start in October, has attracted a large number of applicants.