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Does current nurse education reflect government aims to provide more care in the community?

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They have warned of “widespread and significant” concerns over the number of district nurses currently being educated, stating that there simply are not enough coming through to replace those who are retiring.

‘Worryingly’ low numbers of district nurses being trained

What do you think?

  • Are there currently enough district nurses to provide safe and effective care?
  • Why are we lacking district nurses?
  • Should more district nurse placements be included in pre-registration nurse training?
  • Does current nurse education reflect government aims to provide more care in the community?
  • Comments (29)

Readers' comments (29)

  • Anonymous

    There are worryingly low numbers of suitably qualified and adequately supported nurses throughout the NHS. Opportunities for nurse education are at the worst I have known over a long career. This government is intent on running down hospital services whilst not addressing the needs of the community. Soon, there will be no where to go and no one to look after our patients. This should have been planned for two decades ago, so all recent governments are to blame.

    It isn't just about new nurses either, although the issue does need to be dealt with pre-reg. There are many mid-career, highly skilled and experienced hospital nurses who are facing the disappearance of their departments, hospitals and jobs. Many of these would be an absolute bonus in a community setting.

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  • tinkerbell

    ever get the feeling that instead of building community services up they are running them down, just a hunch but i notice things.

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  • Anonymous

    well, the Times last week said that 20 hospitals have to close, representing about 6,000 beds if I remember correctly, and the care would have to go to the community and GP practices. they believe this will help with the serious and rising debt by making savings and will save lives whilst maintaining quality. what concerns me is that it will take very sick patients even longer to access these services and have to travel longer distances to them.

    foolish, foolish labour government overspending beyond our means!

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  • Anonymous

    I see the tory apologist has popped up again. Blaming the Labour government for the global financial crisis....again.

    Well dear. Regardless of political hue, they are ALL responsible and have been for years. Some more than others.

    I have little time for the policies of the labour party, but if you want a history lesson on how Thatcher, in 1982, put forward plans to dismantle the NHS (and FYI, introduce compulsory school charges) and was the first politician to openly blame nurses for any problems in the NHS (because they were demanding a decent wage); I'll be happy to oblige. By the mid-1980s Thatcher decided the NHS should be run like a business and should make a profit. Hospital cleaning was privatised and so was the catering service. In order to cut costs and ensure profits, the cleaning staff and catering staff were halved. Hospital corridors and rooms received cursory attention and meals were only available a certain times when the kitchen was open. Nurses could no longer offer patients meals or snacks at any time of the day or night. Prices were put on each pack of autoclaved instruments, each pack of cotton balls, each bedpan, each sputum cup or receptacle for false teeth.

    Thatcher claimed that no one should be expected to wait on a list for 6 months before undergoing a non-emergency operation. The NHS, under command from the prime Minister, was now expected to have lists that were no longer than 2 months. No extra money was given to pay for this. No new hospitals, no new operating theatres, no money for more beds or more operating room staff. Yet waiting lists were reduced to two months. It just took longer to get on a list!!

    There is government incompetence and that is dangerous for the NHS. Marry incompetence with a political ideaology that is inherently opposed to healthcare which is free and fair at the point of delivery, and which puts the shareholder between the patient and decent care....well that is fatal.

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  • tinkerbell

    Now that we've had all our assets seized and are having them flogged off in the 'everything must go sale' by this shower, makes Maggie seem like a bit of social worker in comparison, but you are bang on about where it all started, cause and effect, now they are finishing off their 'master plan' at a rate of knots that is so staggering that most of the population aren't even aware what's going on. If you blink you'll miss it. Not much longer now before it's all over, sadly. Let's see how the Times report on a nation that's been duped when the proverbial finally hits the fan.

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  • Anonymous

    Anonymous | 10-Jun-2013 9:34 pm

    granted that was the beginning with the introduction of general management by the Thatcher government but it was now a considerable time ago and you fail to acknowledge what happened in the intervening period before the present government!

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  • tinkerbell

    yes in the intervening period the labour government, loosely called a labour government were really the Blairites and not labour at all. Very much as the Da Vinci Code is loosely called a book.

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  • Anonymous

    tinkerbell | 11-Jun-2013 8:45 am

    interesting excuse. so what is labour at all?
    and what would have happened if they had been in charge of the NHS confronted with the same financial and other policy issues?

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  • tinkerbell

    neither am i mystic meg.

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  • I liked the Da Vinci code

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