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North East nurses demand seats on consortia boards


Nurses in the North East are writing to GP commissioning consortia in their region to demand seats on their boards.

The North East office of the Royal College of Nursing is approaching the five pathfinder consortia to gain assurances nurses would be involved at a senior level.

Pathfinder consortia have been set up across the country to pilot the government’s plan to put GPs largely in charge of commissioning NHS services.

An RCN North East spokesman told Nursing Times it was asking the pathfinders for “assurance nurses will get the same involvement as we have done under primary care trusts”.

Most PCTs have had an executive director of nursing.

The RCN’s national office last week issued a briefing to MPs over concerns about the Health and Social Care Bill, which will introduce the reforms and was due to have its second reading in parliament yesterday.

The college is calling for the bill to be changed to ensure nurses will be represented at consortia board level and on the new national NHS Commissioning Board.  

Nursing Times’ A Seat on the Board campaign is calling for at least one nurse to be included on each consortium board. Go to to sign our petition.

Do you want your voice to be heard? Make a difference today and sign our ‘seat on the board’ petition to get nurses actively involved in the new commissioning consortia.


Readers' comments (4)


    As a senior nurse working in general practice and someone who has worked hard to involve nurses in PBC. Imagine my disgust to see only 379 signatures from nurses regarding nurse representation for consortia. Are nurses in Primary Care so naive? Do they not care about the future changes that are going to affect them greatly?
    It's time to step up and make sure your voice is heard. We can have a voice in how the future unfolds. Don't just sit there and then complaine when service provision does not suit our patient population. Nurse know what patients need. Come on sign the petition and bring about change.

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  • I am one of the ones who have signed Lesley, unfortunately you are talking to one of the most apathetic professions in the country!

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    Thanks Mike. At last look there were 412 nurses who have signed since I blew off steam, but your right about apathy in nursing!

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  • A whole 412? What is wrong with our profession?!? Do you know a good treatment for banging a forehead repeatedly against a brick wall?

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