HC Deb 08 November 1999 vol 337 cc450-1W
Mr. Llwyd

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many new nurses have been recruited during each of the past five years; what is the target of new nursing recruits for the next 12 months; what initiatives are being pursued to attract more young people into nursing; and what is the cost of these initiatives. [96251]

Mr. Denham

The number of pre-registration diploma and degree recruits into nursing and midwifery training in England over the last five years are:

Year Number
1994–95 11,463
1995–96 12,364
1996–97 13,967
1997–98 15,522

The latest estimate of outturn for 1998–99 is 17,221.

The number of pre-registration diploma and degree nursing and midwifery recruits planned for 1999–2000 is 19,332.

We are supporting a number of initiatives to attract more people into nursing, including a national competition run in secondary schools (£100,000), the national nurse recruitment campaign (£5 million), NHS Careers (£500,000), widening access to nurse training and the Positively Diverse initiative. In addition, the Government have implemented in full the Nurse Pay Review Body recommendations for a 12 percent. pay rise for newly qualified staff.

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