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Should nurses accept education funding/grants from the drugs industry?

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The money was paid to both NHS and private staff for consultancies, sponsorships and other interactions with drug businesses, according to the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI).

According to a spokesperson, the money was paid for attending medical education events, training and development, and fees for services such as speaking engagements to share good clinical practice and participation in advisory boards.

What do you think? Should nurses accept education funding/grants from the drugs industry?

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  • Definitely a double edged sword. Drug companies and device companies spend a lot of money in helping to educate the medical profession. Certainly the provision of such education is seen within the industry as a means of extending its influence. However, if the companies did not spend that money on education, how would that education be otherwise funded? Is it too much to expect nurses and other medical staff to be able to accept such sponsorship, and still be able to exercise proper clinical judgement? I don't think so. Let's give both sides some credit here. Just because a nurse uses a company's pen does not mean that they are in the company's pocket, for goodness sake.

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  • David is right, give us credit for a little sense please!

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  • Anonymous

    Filthy drug cash has been used for years as a greed incentive to doctors to presecribe unecessary medications to an unwitting public and directly in front of an even more unwitting nursing profession who merely reply "yes doctor" whilst agonising about whether they've signed the MAR sheet correctly. When the old learning disability hospitals closed many "patients" meds were greatly reduced because it was actively recognised that LD, like being old is not inherently a medical condition. Unfortunately prescribing seems to be on the increase again. Px drugs also keeps the Drs at the apparent centre of care without having to be present. The result is hours spent wasted standing behind a drug trolley whilst staff leadership and direct patient care is lost and Dr Quack earns a fortnight in NY with the family attending a seminar paid for by a company that used to make gas for concentration camps.

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  • Differing viewpoints still being removed on this site I see? Hmm.

    Yes I would! If they are the only ones offering to pay for mandatory CPD (the government/trust/wards or the NMC that are demanding it aren't dipping into their pockets for it) that I have to normally pay out of my own pocket and use up my own free time for, then I'd bite their hands off. If they want to give me 'payments' for services, then it might make my pathetic salary closer to what it should be. Everyone else is at it, why shouldn't nurses get a piece of the pie?

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  • And yes, that was hypothetical, since I'm no longer a nurse, but still.

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  • Anonymous

    mike | 20-Apr-2013 11:04 am

    what a waste and no doubt much experience lost to many patients and colleagues.

    Good to see you back here and hope you have carved out a better, more satisfying and happier future for yourself.

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  • Anonymous | 20-Apr-2013 11:50 am

    Thank you very much, I really do appreciate that!

    Just dipping in to see what I had missed since last time. It's a shame to see things are going from bad to worse.

    And yes I have, thank you again. Much more satisfying, and infinitely happier. I don't know why anyone would stay in nursing now.

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