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PM's commission to seek more diverse membership

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The Department of Health is set to appoint a number of new members to the Prime Minister’s Commission on the Future of Nursing and Midwifery, Nursing Times has learnt.

The new commissioners, who are set to be announced this week, will be primarily drawn from across the regions and from black and minority ethnic background as part of a bid by the government to diversify the commission membership.

Until now, the commission has had 16 members from a range of nursing and NHS backgrounds. However the majority are based in London and the South-East, and Donna Kinnair, director of nursing at Southwark PCT, is the only commissioner from a BME background.

Last week Jane Salvage, visiting professor of the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery at King’s College, London, stepped down as a commissioner in order to instead become head of the commission’s support office.

 

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  • With standards of basic nursing care at an all time low, will the commission be brave enough to appoint people who were working in the NHS during a period when this was not the case?

    During the 1960s and 70s we had a nursing management structure (Salmon) which was extremely effective. Managers were prepared to challenge and fight for the rights of their staff and patients.

    Many spoke out against falling standards and in doing so, protected patient care, but who is doing it now? Yes there are some who are still prepared to put their heads above the parapet, but they are too few.

    At the time Project 2000 was introduced the majority of qualified staff predicted that it would not provide for the nursing requirements of the future.

    It is true that we need to constantly review the training needs, but in advancing the status of the profession of nursing we have left behind the basic principles which have led to declining standards of care.

    Perhaps the commissin needs to appoint some of the more experienced nursing staff to enure that what was good about nursing is not forgotten and perhaps re-introduced into the development of the profession in the future.

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