A leading patient advocate has said she is against plans for nursing in England to become an all-graduate profession.
The change, due to be completed by 2013, will move the profession even further away from providing compassion and dignity in care, according to the Patients Association director and former nurse Katherine Murphy.
Writing in The Times, Ms Murphy said the introduction of nursing degrees in the first place had “sent out all the wrong messages, as it has become more important to write about care than to give it”.
“These new proposals make the situation worse,” she added.
Ms Murphy said: “Since the introduction of Project 2000, which shifted training from the bedside to the classroom, nurses have lifted their eyes to the personal prizes of nurse specialisms and been allowed to ignore the needs of their sick, vulnerable and often elderly patients. Some no longer want to provide those basics.
“How can you begin to teach people how to treat patients with dignity and compassion in an academic setting,” she said.