§ Ms Primarolo
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many(a) health visitors, (b) district nurses, (c) community psychiatric nurses and (d) school nurses were employed in the NHS for each of the last five years, broken down by regional health authority and expressed as whole-time equivalents.
§ Mr. Sackville
[holding answer 13 May 1994]: The information available will be placed in the Library. The information shows an overall increase of 3.7 per cent. between 1988 to 1992. The number of practice nurses has increased by 162.1 per cent. from 3,480 in 1988 to 9,120 in 1992. This gives an overall increase of 22.7 per cent. for community nursing staff.