They want the remit of the National Clinical Assessment Service, which registers all suspensions of doctors and dentists, to be extended to nurses – arguing that trusts will find it more difficult to justify petty and unnecessary suspensions if the details have to be made public.
Julie Fagan, campaign coordinator for the Campaign Against Unnecessary Suspensions and Exclusions in the NHS (CAUSE), has turned to the opposition party because she claims the government has failed to act on the problem.
She has written to shadow justice minister Edward Garnier in a bid to have the system changed. ‘People don’t understand that it devastates people,’ she told NT.
‘It means that there is a huge question mark over their careers and abilities because they have been suspended,’ Ms Fagan added.
A Department of Health spokesperson said it was assessing whether it would be cost-effective to extend the remit of NCAS.
‘The DH is currently funding a pilot project extending NCAS’ scope to pharmacists,’ he said.
‘The DH will then review the outcome of that project before further decisions are made.’