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Volume 124: debated on Monday 7 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what is the annual rate of loss of nurses from National Health Service hospitals in Wales; in which categories of nurses have these occurred; and how this rate of loss compares with five years and 10 years ago.

A special study was carried out in 1986 to obtain the estimated nurse wastage rates given below. Information in not available for detailed categories of nurses or for earlier years.

Leavers from the NHS in Wales1
Enrolled Nurses8·3
Registered Nurses9·4
1 Excluding South Glamorgan.
I am pleased to say that there are now 5,900 more nurses in NHS hospitals than there were in 1978.