§ Mr. Steinberg
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nurses have resigned from their positions within the national health service in the last 12 months. 
§ Mr. Sackville
This information is not available in the form requested.
Nurses who resign from their posts, for whatever reason, are not necessarily lost from the national health service as many are likely to resume an NHS post after a career break. As nursing is a predominantly female profession this is to be expected. People take career breaks for a wide variety of reasons ranging from having a family to extending their skills and experience by exploring other fields of employment. Naturally the Government are keen to harness this invaluable body of training, skills and experience and bring them back into the NHS.