Moving clinical nurse specialists to general duties will cost the NHS more in the long run than keeping them in their specialist roles, according to a report by major cancer organisations.
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It says cancer specialist nurses “reduce inefficiency, drive innovation and improve quality”, and could save thousands of pounds in reduced admissions.
The document cites an analysis by Macmillan that showed focusing services on the cancer nurse specialist role cut cancer expenditure by 10 per cent.
Dame Christine said: “This publication reinforces my long held view that clinical nurse specialists can improve the safety, effectiveness, experience and productivity of care.”
Macmillan chief executive Ciaran Deváne said: “There is still evidence that CNSs are being diverted to general ward duties and admin. This is not a good use of their time or NHS resources.”