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Minister restates promise to improve nurse training

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Junior health minister Ann Keen has reiterated her promise to make training for NHS staff a key priority.

Ms Keen, a former health visitor, last month backed NT’s Time Out For Training campaign, which called on strategic health authorities to ensure time and money were ringfenced for post-registration nurse training (NT News, 24 June, p3).

Speaking at the conference Ms Keen told delegates : ‘We have to work to make sure this commitment is delivered to increase funding
for training and education funding and make it more transparent.’

Ms Keen also said she sympathised with nurses who had to take days off and fund training from their own pocket to improve their skills, and that it was not a new problem.

‘In my day it was the norm to say “I will go on my day off”,’ she said.

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