Nurses and Midwives

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Wales – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 17th February 1997.

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Photo of Don Touhig Don Touhig , Islwyn 12:00 am, 17th February 1997

Given that it costs £5,000 to replace every nurse who leaves the national health service in Wales, will the Minister explain why the Government have allowed the number of nurses and midwives employed by the health service in Wales to fall by almost 3,500 in the past six years? Does not that turnover place a massive financial burden on the health service and demonstrate the Government's complete failure to improve the morale of those dedicated carers?