asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what has been the drop-out rate for student nurses during each of the last five years; and what is being done to encourage and enable more student nurses to complete their courses.
The number of trainee nurses discontinuing training in each of the past five years and their proportion to the average number in training during the year is given in the table:
|England and Wales|
|Year ending 31 March||Numbers discontinuing training*||Percentage|
|* Total numbers of student and pupil nurses at the various stages of training discontinuing in the year. The figures are not strictly comparable due to a change in the method of collection and processing in 1983.|