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Health Visitors: East Sussex

Volume 502: debated on Monday 14 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many health visitors have been employed in (a) Lewes constituency and (b) East Sussex in each year since 1997. (307129)

The number of health visitors in the East Sussex Downs and Weald Primary Care Trust area (PCT) which includes the Lewes constituency as at 30 September for each year that data are available is shown in the following table.

East Sussex Downs and Weald PCT

Headcount

2002

91

2003

84

2004

75

2005

81

2006

42

2007

72

2008

70

Notes:

1. East Sussex Downs and Weald PCT was formed in October 2006 from a complete merger of Eastbourne Downs PCT and Sussex Downs and Weald PCT. Figures for 2002-06 are an aggregate of these predecessor organisations.

2. The NHS Information Centre are aware of the drop in numbers for 2006. It is possible that Eastbourne Downs PCT failed to include around 30 health visitors in its census return for 2006. The census return was fully validated and confirmation that the return was accurate was received from the organisation prior to publication of the figures.

Source:

The NHS Information Centre for health and social care Non-Medical Workforce census.