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 nursingtimes.net/seatontheboard to sign our petition.
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