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Proof of drop in specialist nurses

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There has been a dramatic fall in the number of specialist nurses over the past two years, the RCN is due to confirm.

Janet Davis, RCN executive director, said the college had been surveying specialist nurses over the past few months on their job security. Its findings are due in the next few weeks.

‘Our survey shows that the number of specialist nurses has decreased significantly in the past two years,’ she told delegates last week at an NHS Employers’ workforce planning conference in London.

Trusts are seeing specialist nurses as an ‘expensive luxury’, warned Ms Davis, with many unwilling to continue funding posts once cash raised by charities has run out.

Howard Catton, RCN head of policy, added: ‘We wanted to make sure we had an up-to-date picture of the situation specialist nurses are facing.’

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