§ Mr. Wareing
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services what he estimates to be(a) the percentage of nurses working overtime, and (b) the cost of this work to the National Health Service.
§ Mr. Newton
[pursuant to his reply 16 December 1987, c. 598]:Nurses who are graded up to and including senior nurse 7 are entitled to recompense for overtime worked. Of these nurses, 38 per cent. received at least one payment during the year 1986–87 at a total estimated cost to the National Health Service in Great Britain of £47.1 million.