Specialist school nurses are over-stretched with each nurse looking after 6,900 children in England, according to the union Unite.
The largest union in the country, Unite, is calling for a massive recruitment campaign of school nurses in light of the latest NHS Workforce statistics.
Figures reveal there are over 1,062 full-time equivalent school nurses and an estimated 7.3 million school-aged children in England, which means in theory each school nurse is responsible for 6,900 children.
Unite’s National Officer for Health, Karen Reay said: ‘The frightening reality is that no school nurse can give the level of care and attention required by today’s school-aged children with such crushing workloads.’
She added: ‘The figure of 6,900 is purely illustrative, but gives a graphic image of what our members are facing on a daily basis. Parents should be made aware of this, as it impacts on their son or daughter’s well-being.’