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Opposition grows over closure of DH nursing unit

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Sarah Wollaston has got a lot to keep up with at the moment - I was reading a few days ago, that she has said (in a tweet, I think the story said) she will be asking the 'brexiteers' exactly when and how that £350m per-week promised to the NHS on the side of its battle-bus will be forthcoming. The NHS is shedding staff rapidly at the moment - I think the chances of keeping 'embedded nurses' inside the DH is slim. HOWEVER - whatever 'mechanism' for feedback to/within DH from BOTH medicine and nursing, SHOULD BE THE SAME. So if there is a doctor 'inside the DH representing medicine, then there should be nurse inside the DH representing nursing'. I am not confident that will happen - but the staffing situation inside the DH is 'very tight' now. I've just successfully 'negotiated' with the DH for something written by one of their people, to be published online (it is now on the SCIE website). This took 2 or 3 months, and the basic reason for the delay was that the person who wrote the item in question [and who told me it would be going online] left the DH within a week or two of writing it. His 'role' was then moved to another chap at the DH who also left within about a month, so my 'has this Summary Note been published online yet ?' then reached a third DH person, who had no understanding at all 'of the back story' (and, I feel sure, was also very busy). DH staff are not, I think, 'sitting around drinking coffee and reading the sports pages' - I strongly suspect that they are increasingly 'being run off their feet', in common with many front-line NHS clinicians.

Posted date

27 June, 2016

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10:21 am

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