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Asked by Lord Turnberg
Asked on: 05 December 2017
Department of Health
Health Professions: Recruitment
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for the recruitment of nurses and midwives in the next three years.
A
Answered by: Lord O'Shaughnessy
Answered on: 18 December 2017

To meet the growing need to increase the future supply of registered nurses, additional clinical placement funding was announced by the Department in August and October 2017. This enables around 5,000 more nursing students to enter training each year to 2020-21, representing a 25% increase compared to 2016-17.

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Asked by Lord Turnberg
Asked on: 05 December 2017
Department of Health
Dental Health: Children
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the incidence of childhood dental decay in (1) those regions where the water supply is fluoridated, and (2) those where it is not.
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Answered by: Lord O'Shaughnessy
Answered on: 14 December 2017

Public Health England’s Water fluoridation Health monitoring report for England 2014 compared a range of dental and non-dental health indicators in fluoridated and non-fluoridated areas.

The report concluded that, when deprivation and ethnicity were taken into account, five year-old children in areas with a fluoridated water supply were 28% less likely to have tooth decay than those in non-fluoridated areas, and 12 year-old children in areas with a fluoridated water supply were 21% less likely to have had tooth decay in permanent teeth than children living in non-fluoridated areas. A copy of Water fluoridation Health monitoring report for England 2014 is attached.

Water fluoridation (PDF Document, 1.5 MB)
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Asked by Lord Turnberg
Asked on: 05 December 2017
Department of Health
Health Professions: Vacancies
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the current vacancy rate for nurses and midwives in the UK.
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Answered by: Lord O'Shaughnessy
Answered on: 14 December 2017

Management information data collected by NHS Improvement estimates that as at September 2017, around 36,000 registered nursing and midwifery posts are not filled by a substantive member of staff - 33,000 of these are covered by bank and agency staff. This is management information data that continues to be developed.

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Asked by Lord Turnberg
Asked on: 05 December 2017
Department of Health
Health Professions: Migrant Workers
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they anticipate a reduction in the number of nurses and midwives from EU countries coming to the UK after Brexit; if so, by how much; and what assessment they have made of the impact on the NHS of any such reduction.
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Answered by: Lord O'Shaughnessy
Answered on: 14 December 2017

The Government hugely values the contribution of all the European Union staff working across the National Health Service and social care, including nurses and midwives. The Government is committed to ensuring a clear pathway to permanent residency for these EU citizens.

The Department continues to monitor and analyse overall staffing levels across the NHS and social care, and we are working across Government to ensure there will continue to be sufficient staff to deliver the high quality services on which patients rely following the United Kingdom’s exit from the EU.

We are also working hard to improve our domestic supply of nurses and midwives. This year there are more nurses on our wards than last year and numbers will continue to increase in future because of a 25% increase in training places, the introduction of new routes into the profession through the Nursing Degree Apprenticeship, and an increase in the number of nurse associates.

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Asked by Lord Turnberg
Asked on: 05 December 2017
Department of Health
Health Professions: Migrant Workers
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the number of nurses and midwives from other EU countries who have returned to their country of origin in the last two years.
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Answered by: Lord O'Shaughnessy
Answered on: 14 December 2017

The information requested is not collected by the Department.

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Asked by Lord Turnberg
Asked on: 29 November 2017
Home Office
Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to follow the United States and designate the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organisation.
Answered on: 08 December 2017

Whilst we keep the list of proscribed groups under review, we do not routinely comment on whether an organisation is or is not under consideration for proscription.

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