asked the Minister of Health what proportion of student nurses who enrolled in each of the last five years left before completing their training; what proportion of each annual figure left to get married; and what steps are taken to ascertain the other reasons for leaving training.
Figures are not available in the form requested but the following table shows for each of the last five years the number of those admitted to the Index of Student Nurses, which is kept by the General Nursing Council for England and Wales, and the number withdrawn from it before completion of training. The Council ask nurse training schools to inform them of the reason when a student nurse gives up training.
|Year ended 31st March||Admissions to the Index||Withdrawals from Index before completion of training||Numbers giving marriage as the reason for giving up training, as a percentage of all those giving up training|
|(16·3 per cent)|
|(15·0 per cent)|
|(14·5 per cent)|
|(14·4 per cent)|
|(12?9 per cent)|