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Minister will call for increased role for nurses

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Speculation is building over the contents of Lord Darzi’s next stage review of the NHS, which is due to be released on Monday.

Junior health minister Lord Darzi, who is also a leading surgeon, has been commissioned by the government to draw up a plan for the future shape of the NHS.

The Guardian reports that Lord Darzi will recommend an expansion of nurse-led primary care partnerships.

These partnerships will have the statutory right to request to be allowed to operate as a not-for-profit organisation.

Gordon Brown has also backed not-for-profit organisations to spearhead a new wave of public service reforms in a Cabinet Office report.

Meanwhile the BBC reports that NICE is due to get more money to expand its work ensuring the NHS gets value for money from drugs.

Sir Michael Rawlins, NICE’s chairman, wants the extra money to fund new guidance about the treatment of sick children and less common cancers, he says in an interview.

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  • My concerns regarding these "not for profit "organizations is what happens to the pay and conditions, including pension rights, of the nursing staff employed by these organizations. Do nurses realize that they will nolonger have the same rights and enjoy the security of working for the NHS; redundancies will based on statutory regulations and not NHS regulations and therefore job security will become more tenous. Will these "not for profit "organizations adhere to agenda for change, and national pay bargaining. I urge all nurses to be very wary and seek union advice before working for these organizations and ensure their contracts are water tight particulary with respect to the pay and and pension rights.

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