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Substance misuse body rocked by nurse resignations

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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.

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  • Similar to the chair of the advisory council losing his voluntary post due to not simply bending over for politicians and policy, i applaud the nurses stance on this.
    It is such a shame that again it is the people we support that lose the specialist help that they need

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  • IN light of the recession we find ourselves in; would it not be the magnanimous thing to tighten our belts and be less self centered if it would help our country to get out of this financial mess that we re all in?

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  • Anonymous | 24-Aug-2011 2:16 pm No, the bankers and the politicians expense accounts and foreign aid programmes and subsidies to Europe can tighten their bloody belts. Health care is a vital service to this country, we shouldn't have to tighten anything that compromises care.

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