Anne Milton (Guildford, Conservative)
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many specialist nurses are employed in the NHS to care for people who have (a) multiple sclerosis, (b) Parkinson's disease, (c) palliative care, (d) rheumatology, (e) diabetes and (f) epilepsy in (i) Guildford and Waverley primary care trust, (ii) Surrey and (iii) England; whether her Department plans to increase the number of specialist nurse posts in each specialty; and whether there have been redundancies of specialist nurses in the NHS since 1997.
Rosie Winterton (Minister of State (Health Services), Department of Health; Doncaster Central, Labour)
This information is not collected centrally.
The annual workforce census does not collect information about nurses by speciality. It is the responsibility of local national health service employers and strategic health authorities to ensure that there are sufficient numbers of nurses to meet their local service needs.