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Nurses to get more control of NHS

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Doctors and nurses will be given greater control over the day-to-day running of the NHS under new plans unveiled by the coalition government.

Health staff will be freed from targets that have “no clinical justification” as part of wider measures to give doctors and nurses on the floor more control of performance measures that will focus more on clinical outcomes for patients.

The “hands-off” approach from central government aims to give doctors, nurses and patients more power and responsibility over their own “public health service”, which will move away from the top-down approach of years gone by that the government says has been subjected to too much political interference.

In the Queen’s speech at Parliament, health secretary Andrew Lansley said he was willing to take “personal responsibility” for driving forward the agenda on public health.

The government also confirmed that the Cancer Drug Fund, which is designed to help patients get access to drugs recommended by their doctor, will be funded by the £200 million saved from National Insurance contributions.

The plans also make good on the newly formed government’s promise to protect health services from public spending cuts while ring-fenced health budgets will also prevent health trusts reallocating funds to pay for other services.

GPs will also be given incentives to focus on improving people’s health through preventive measures, while NHS organisations will be paid according to how well they do on outcomes.

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  • I'll believe it when I see it. Is this news coming out at the same time that nursing vacancies are down and job freezes are beginning to creep their way in? Or how about the simple fact that decision are being made based on cost, not clinical needs? The profession is a joke in this country.

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  • Steve Williams

    Hah!! And Hahh!! again.Remember the old truism...

    Q. How can you tell when politicians lie?
    A. Their lips move.

    If you get suckered into this palpable nonsense then you probably one of the intellectually-challenged minority that believe that nurses caps, capes and buckles will come back into significance sometime soon.

    Like mike, I'll believe it when I see it.

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  • Exactly Steve!!!

    If Nurses truly had control of the NHS I can tell you what would happen.

    1. There would be a lot more staff on the wards, with a legal Nurse/patient ratio (at least 1 Staff Nurse and 1 HCA for every 6 patients).

    2. Nurses wages would go up by at least half again to reflect the professions true status and in recognition of the work we do.

    3. The NHS army of beauracrats, middle managers, trust directors, idiots with suits and clipboards, etc etc will be sacked, and replaced with a few senior clinicians in control of each hospital.

    4. The RCN and the NMC would be scrapped, replaced by a body that truly represents Nurses interests an more importantly fights to promote and protect our profession.

    5. ETC ETC ETC!

    Until things like this start to happen, I'll give politicians statements like this the contempt they usually deserve.

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  • I with Mike and Steve all the way, here, here common sense at last!

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  • Steve Williams

    Hah!! And Hahh!! again.Remember the old truism...

    Q. How can you tell when politicians lie?
    A. Their lips move.

    If you get suckered into this palpable nonsense then you probably one of the intellectually-challenged minority that believe that nurses caps, capes and buckles will come back into significance sometime soon.

    Like mike, I'll believe it when I see it.

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  • Hey Mike. Like your suggestion about a new NHS governed by nurses. Not sure I would like clinicians in charge of my organisation though. Let them do what they do best which is fix patients!

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