The board of the body representing substance misuse nurses has resigned en masse after issuing a warning that government policy and financial constraints were leading to “uncertainty” in the jobs of its members.
The Association of Nurses in Substance Abuse’s executive committee said in a statement that members had decided “with great sadness and regret” they were “no longer able to voluntarily give their time after considerable years’ service”.
The statement continued: “The change in government policy towards substance misusers and service provision together with the current financial constraints in the health service mean uncertainty in the future of many of our services.”
An extraordinary annual general meeting has been called for 8 September to determine a new board, and candidates for membership have been asked to come forward.
The association - which says it remains financially viable - was formed in 1983 in response from fears from many working in the field that they worked in unsupported and isolated situations. As multidisciplinary drug and alcohol services have been created, it has welcomed workers from other disciplines as associate members.