§ Mr. Pavitt
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what action he proposes to take to remedy the acute shortage of tutors for nursing in the National Health Service.
§ Dr. Vaughan
The supply of nurse tutors in England is a matter for regional nurse training committees which receive funds for this purpose from the Department. These funds are channelled through the General Nursing Council for England and Wales. In recent years there has been some increase in the total number of nurse tutors in post and some improvement in the teacher: learner ratio. I hope these trends will continue. I am at present considering what resources can be made available to the General Nursing Council for the next financial year.