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PCTs to replace community nurses with Facebook app


Several PCTs have announced plans to replace over 50 per cent of community nurses with state-of-the-art Facebook applications that could save the NHS millions of pounds.

The application will allow patients to talk directly to a “virtual nurse” who will be able to offer over 30 responses.

The programme, run from a central control room, will remove the need for nurses to visit patients at home.

The virtual nurse comes with a range of facial expressions, including sympathetic, soothing and tired.

Professor Aaron Griffiths, a neurology consultant who developed the application, said that he was looking for a way to cut costs in the NHS when he came up with the “virtual nurse”.

He said: “The NHS wastes millions each year on staff salaries. I realised that if you dramatically cut the number of nurses working in the NHS there would be an immediate saving.”

If the “virtual nurse” detects any serious problems, a remote controlled ambulance will be sent to the patient’s house.

But the plans have met with strong opposition from unions. A spokesman for UNISON said: “Nurses are the NHS’ most valuable commodity. Replacing them with a Facebook application not only insults the profession, but sends a clear message that the NHS does not care about providing good, compassionate care.”

The new Facebook application will be introduced in London, with plans to roll it out across the country on April 1 2011.


Readers' comments (33)

  • MillerT

    I'm absolutely disgusted by these proposed plans - it's another example of our floundering Government's mentality: "cut costs, at all costs."

    It's bad enough propsoing virtual nurses, but then remote control ambulances?! What will they be made of, Meccano?

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  • It's an April Fool's day prank!!!

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  • love it. though very obvious an April Fool's day prank..........
    we all need a good laugh at itmes.

    thanks to the Author

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  • Is this some sort of joke? The government are finally being honest and just replacing us with computers and robots, as they have always wanted to. I am disgusted, time for me to quite nursing once and for all. Goodbye

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  • How long will it be before ward nurses are replaced by robots? I think we'd be better off if we replaced politicians with a Facebook group. They are all the same - cut down on hardworking nurses so we can keep our snouts in the trough

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  • This is hilarious... the funniest april fool of the day! The bit about the virtual nurse nearly had me but the remote controlled ambulance... how can anyone believe that? Very funny.. love it

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  • Margery Mary Hawkins

    I hate Facebook!!! Why on earth should we join for the privilege of commnunicating with an automaton?
    Nothing will be private!!
    Anthing will do to prevent the employment of human beings as nurses!!!

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  • Cant 'believe I actually fell for that one!! Well done NT!

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  • Just when we thought the politicians had done their worst. If this is not an April fool then we need to seriously address this rubbish head on. Just how much in the red are the NHS!! and do they really think the general public are this gullible?

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  • I actually think this is real! I suppose remote ambulance refers to an automatic call that will be made to an ambulance.

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