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Nurse education cuts pose threat to 'quality of patient care'

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The Royal College of Nursing and the Council of Deans of Health have issued a joint statement warning of the threat to the profession posed by significant cuts in the commissioning of pre-registration education of adult nurses.  

They said the current wave of cuts had started with a 3% reduction in student placed commissioned in 2010 in England, followed by a further 10% in 2011 and a “varied picture” nationally for 2012. The most dramatic cut is a 24% reduction in London for the 2012-13 intake, as revealed last year by Nursing Times.

The two organisations said the cuts “threaten the security of supply of the current and future clinical and academic nursing workforce” and also “create a significant risk to the quality of patient care”.

“These sustained reductions could lead to the closure of many university providers of nursing education, training and research. This is at a time when the growing number of people living longer with long-term conditions is driving increased demand for nursing care,” the statement said.

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  • Anonymous

    Well, you need enough of something: is it believed that less nurses and more HCAs will work ?

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  • obviously money is the first priority!

    it defies all logic!

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  • Dr Why ?

    Anonymous | 12-Mar-2012 11:50 am

    'it defies all logic!'

    Yeah - amazing how many things defy all logic ! How does that happen ?

    I know that many humans have a peculiar abilty to believe in 2 quite contradictory things at the same time - but even so !

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