§ Mr. Keetch
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the current number of fully-trained nurses in hospitals in Herefordshire. 
§ Mr. Denham
There are currently (as of 10 February 1999) 360 trained nurses in post in Herefordshire Acute Hospitals, and 18 vacancies. In Herefordshire Community Hospitals there are currently 48 funded posts and 3 vacancies.
Source:Herefordshire Hospitals National Health Service Trust.