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Nurses: Manpower

Health written question – answered on 3rd May 2011.

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Photo of Diane Abbott Diane Abbott Shadow Minister (Public Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate he has made of the change in the number of qualified nursing jobs in the NHS to 2015.

Photo of Anne Milton Anne Milton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

It is not possible to estimate the change in the number of qualified nursing jobs in the national health service to 2015. This will not be known until the new organisations that will underpin the new system have been designed in more detail.

At present, it is the responsibility of local NHS organisations to plan and deliver a work force appropriate to the needs of their local population, based on clinical need and sound evidence.

We are investing £11.5 billion extra in the NHS over the next four years, a sign of our commitment to protecting frontline services, but we also need to be more efficient and those efficiency savings will also be ploughed back into the frontline.

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