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 Mr Gwilym Jones Mr Gwilym Jones , Cardiff North 12:00 am, 17th February 1997

I very much recognise the contribution that nurses and midwives make to the national health service in Wales, but I do not necessarily recognise the picture that the hon. Gentleman would wish to paint. Since 1979, there has been a 27 per cent. increase in the number of nurses and midwives employed by the national health service in Wales. He may wish to welcome especially the fact that the number of nurses in training this year has been increased by 25 per cent. and the fact that we have committed expenditure to increase that by a further 11 per cent. in the next financial year.