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Volume 404: debated on Tuesday 29 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the availability of training for NHS nurses in the practical elements of treatment for lymphoedema. 1109824]

We will be investing in the region of £90 million per year over the next three years in training for qualified nurses in the national health service. The National Institute for Clinical Excellence breast cancer guidance published last summer addressed the management of lymphoedema. This will guide local decisions on appropriate staffing for a lymphoedema service and associated needs such as training.