§ 18. Mr. Randall
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many additional whole-time equivalent nurses will be employed in the NHS under his national plan. 
§ Mr. Denham
The NHS Plan commits us to providing 20,000 more nurses between 1999–2000 and 2003–04. This is a headcount figure. Depending on the number of nurses working part-time and the hours they actually work, this could produce up to 15,000 whole-time nurses.