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HPV plan at risk over role changes

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A new programme to vaccinate girls against cervical cancer could be hampered by plans to overhaul community nursing, RCN Scotland has said.

The Scottish Government is to introduce routine vaccination for human papilloma virus. It estimates that 180,000 Scottish girls aged 12 and over will be immunised each year under
the programme, which begins in September.

But RCN Scotland director Theresa Fyffe said: ‘The school nursing workforce faces an uncertain future under the review of nursing in the community – we would question whether the government can deliver this programme in an effective and timely manner.’

Following a Scottish review of community nursing in 2005, school nurse and health visitor roles could be merged into a generic community nurse role.

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