§ Ms Ruddock
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what ethnic monitoring is undertaken by her Department within the national health service and within training providers associated with the national health service.
§ Dr. Mawhinney
Information on the ethnic origin of nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff was first 317W collected in September 1993. Results should be available in mid 1994. Ethnic origin information for the remainder of the national health service non-medical work force will be collected in September 1994.
Data on the ethnic background of doctors in the hospital and community health services is also collected by the Department. The NHS executive has just set up a central monitoring programme in England and Wales to examine the outcome of NHS consultant appointments in terms of gender and ethnic origin of applicants.
From later this year, the English National Board for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting will collect data from approved institutions offering nursing, midwifery and health visiting qualifications.