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Gordon Brown promises more central role for nursing

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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.

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  • why is the Prime minister worring about nursing and the NHS now when labour have been in power so many years and he may be coming to the end of their term when it is too late to implement his policies.

    Do Gordon Brown and his ministers really understand the issues affecting nursing, the NHS and the needs of patients and the health of the population and will the system ever improve sufficiently to provide equitable and high quality care as well as adequate working conditions for all that work in it allowing them to concentrate on the central issue of patient care without all their other preoccupations which their employers should be taking care of on their behalf.

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