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Stoma plans put posts at risk

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Two thirds of specialist stoma nurse posts in England could be at risk from government cost-cutting proposals on stoma and incontinence appliances, nurses have warned.

The strict rationing plans, put forward by the Department of Health, will have a knock-on effect on the rest of the NHS, nurses told NT at a parliamentary reception to raise awareness about the issue.

They warned that proposals to reduce funding under Part IX of the drugs tariff will mean manufacturing companies will no longer be able to afford to sponsor specialist stoma nursing posts (NT News, 23 October, p 3).

Carol Katte, stoma care specialist nurse at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust, in Middlesex, said there were currently around 650 stoma nurses in England, of which nearly two thirds were sponsored.

‘The proposals will hit the companies’ profit margins and they will not be able to sustain the sponsored posts,’ she said.

See this week's NT for the full story.

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