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Health Visitors: Manpower

Volume 459: debated on Thursday 3 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the number of health visitors working in the NHS; and what steps she is taking to increase these numbers. (135301)

[holding answer 1 May 2007]: There were 12,034 health visitors in post as at 30 September 2006 in the national health services in England.

The overall number of nurses working in primary and community care settings has significantly increased by over 29,500 (38.2 per cent.) since 1997.

It is the responsibility of strategic health authorities and primary care trusts to commission, develop services in response to local needs, and to ensure that appropriate services are provided for the local population.