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Health Visitors and Nursery Nurses

Volume 450: debated on Tuesday 24 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) health visitors and (b) nursery nurses were employed by each primary care trust in (i) 2001 and (ii) the latest year for which figures are available. (95959)

[holding answer 23 October 2006]: Information on the number of health visitors and nursery nurses in each primary care trust in 2001 and 2005 has been placed in the Library. Although there have been decreases more recently in health visitors, the overall number of nurses working in primary and community care settings has risen by 28,504 to 102,364 between 1997 and 2005, an increase of nearly 37 per cent.