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Community Nurses: Manpower

Volume 465: debated on Tuesday 23 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many community matrons were employed on 16 October 2007. (159721)

This information is not collected centrally.

The results of the September 2007 national health service work force census will be published in the spring next year.

In September 2006 there were 366 community matrons, an increase of 99 or 37 per cent. since 2005. Based on recent discussions with a number of strategic health authorities we believe that the census may be an undercount, with community matrons most likely being recorded in the census within other occupational groups.

We are committed to increasing the number of community matrons and local development plans strongly suggest this is happening.