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Nurse training needs 'urgent reform', says primary care chief inspector


Most nurses I no in primary and community care would love to have more training and "education" about chronic disease management, but are unable to even manage their case loads let alone spend more time with patients with many co-morbidities. Most are told that there is no money for training/unable to increase hours/provide overtime etc etc and will take a couple of years to even be considered. Practices are full to bursting, patient demand is enormous, the continuous round of "study days" to be able to even perform certain duties are never ending and many have to do these in their spare time. Added to this community nurses are paid poorly, have to maintain a car themselves and receive petrol allowance that is years out of date. Unless a huge re-think about continuous updating and training, funding of primary and community care and lack of support generally, then I fear this is an area that will continue to fail. This government could not care less about nurses from whatever discipline, and therefore as our overall "employers" things will only get worse.

Posted date

9 October, 2013

Posted time

12:12 pm


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