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Volume 480: debated on Thursday 16 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will place in the Library a copy of each item of guidance his Department has issued to the NHS in the last 12 months on the modern matrons programme; (226299)

(2) what data his Department has gathered from NHS trusts to assess progress with the implementation of the modern matrons programme.

Information about the number of modern matrons is collected centrally. This shows that there were 5,538 modern matrons in post on 6 June. No further information is collected centrally and no guidance has been issued in the last 12 months.