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THE BIG QUESTION

The big question: what impact will the lack of senior nurses in new CCGs have on the health service?

Clinical commissioning groups will take over from primary care trusts in April but only a third of them have so far earmarked an executive post for a senior nurse.

CCGs must have a non-executive nurse on their governing body but are not currently mandated to have a nurse in the team of executives managing the day-to-day running of the organisation.

Nursing Times analysed the organisational structure of 19 of the most developed CCGs and found just six of them had created an executive post specifically for a chief nurse, lead nurse or director of nursing.

As a result, two thirds of the first CCGs look set to start their role without a figurehead for the nursing profession. Do you think this lack of nurse representation will hinder patient care?

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Readers' comments (2)

  • The nursing perspective is vital for care.

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  • "The nursing perspective is vital for care". Er no it ain't. We've had senior nurses, managers etc intimately involved in the provision care. Where has it lead us? Has the care improved? All senior nurses do is acquiesce to whatever their bosses tell them. They might as well not be there. Most of these 'senior nurses' are out of their depth.

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