§ Tim Loughton
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many psychiatric nurses have been recruited to NHS mental health authorities in each year since 1997. 
§ Mr. Hutton
[holding answer 24 May 2002]: The national health service does not have mental health authorities. Information on overall numbers of psychiatry nurses is given by health authority. In 2001 there were 41,540 psychiatry nurses compared to 39,110 in 1997, an increase of 2,430 or 6 per cent.
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