The prime minister Gordon Brown said today that recommendations made by his commission on nursing will influence not just the development of nursing and the health service, but also the way public services are seen in the future.
Speaking at the launch of the Prime Minister’s Commission on the Future of Nursing and Midwifery in England, at 10 Downing Street, Mr Brown said the document heralded a “new era” for nursing in the UK, where patients will receive personal care, funded by the extra money pumped into the NHS.
But he warned that for this individual focus to succeed, the NHS needed to get the best out of its nurses.
“We are planning a future in which nursing is more central to the planning of health and social care in this country,” he said.
“Patients can expect a more personal service that is designed around people in terms of their needs”.
Mr Brown described the commission’s report as “an incredibly forward-looking” document, which would help produce nurses able to take on a high level of responsibility, with the appropriate level of skills.
“We know that the status of the nursing profession depends on the skills they have, and we know that there has not been enough recognition of those skills,” he said.