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Volume 487: debated on Thursday 5 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what conditions each type of specialist nurse is trained to deal with; (253573)

(2) how many specialist nurses there were in each specialty in each year between 2001 and 2008.

The information requested is not collected centrally. national health service organisations are responsible for the skill mix of their work force. They are best placed to assess the health needs of their local community and must have the freedom to train and deploy staff in ways appropriate for local conditions.