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RCN disappointed at lack of nurse inclusion in NHS reform agenda


Government reforms will “struggle to succeed” without more engagement with nurses, the Royal College of Nursing has warned.

The Department of Health published its response – titled Liberating the NHS: Legislative Framework and Next Steps – to the white paper consultation today.

Responding to the document, RCN chief executive and general secretary Peter Carter said: “We welcome the government giving more attention to the process as the NHS goes through this huge transition, in particular the intention to pilot consortia reforms.

“However, we are extremely disappointed that there is no explicit commitment that nursing expertise will be harnessed at all levels of the commissioning process and on the NHS Commissioning Board,” Dr Carter said.

“There is a real risk that services will become fragmented as consortia groups could become reluctant to collaborate and share good practice. The government has said that consortia only need to ‘have appropriate advice from professionals with expertise in health’.”

Dr Carter added: “However, we believe the reforms will struggle to meet future challenges without the full involvement of nurses.”

Earlier this month Nursing Times launched its “Seat on the Board” campaign, calling for all GP commissioning consortia to have a nurse as part of their senior governance structure.

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Readers' comments (5)

  • The response of the RCN to the Tory reforms is insipid. There is wholesale destruction of the NHS going and 'disappointed' is the best the RCN can come up with.

    We should be furious that nil nurses are involved. We should be even more angered that the government don't seem to give a jot. In fact the more the NHS falls into chaos, the governenment will use as an excuse to say that it is not working and continue with their plans to privatise.

    When will the RCN get some teeth?

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  • Instead of being 'disappointed', why don't you get off your pointless, overpaid arses and DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!!!!

    Organise a strike for a start!

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  • The RCN would probably bear it's teeth if it could access an nhs dentist.

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  • r c n call yourself a union you put the dues up and do nothing to help.if dont want to lose your job mr carter you had better buck your ideas up because your no good to us at the moment yes a strike is next on the cards we have had enough of being shit on over the past years

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  • disapointed what do they mean disapointed . get up and fight instead of being disapointed. how about work to rule for a start

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