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School nurses over-stretched, says union

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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.’

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  • In heart of Birmingham pct figures of qualified school nurses are worse than report however the trust only fund 2 nurses to gain the required qualification ! It is a tragedy waiting to happen again and again ! Managers wise up you need to invest in home grown staff !

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