§ Mr. Michael
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what steps he has taken to ensure that ancillary workers are(a) recruited and (b) trained adequately to meet the shortfall on wards in Wales that will follow implementation of Project 2000 for nurse training.
§ Mr. Grist
The training and recruitment of ancillary workers is a matter for each individual health authority. However, I have made provision within the funding of Project 2000 for a contribution towards the cost of training new health care assistants to replace the lost student nurse service contribution. Health authorities have also been asked to undertake a systematic reassessment of the roles and functions of all support staff to health care professionals as part of the Care Sector Consortium's health care assistant project. This programme should be completed by September 1991.