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The big question: would UKIP’s plan to train nurses outside university harm the NHS?


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UKIP’s health spokesperson, Louise Bours, wants nurses’ training to take place in wards, not universities.

Do you think this would harm the NHS?


Readers' comments (3)

  • I think you have over-simplified that: presumably there would still be lectures involved - they wouldn't be 'on [working] wards' surely ? So training could be outside of universities, but not 'all on the ward': you learn the 'practical stuff' on the ward, and the theoretical stuff [mainly] via lectures/reading/etc.

    I think this debate is missing the point, anyway: if we define 'RGN-level' as 'highly qualified' and postulate that we need some percentage 'X' of 'nurses' (where we here use 'nurse' to include everyone from a new HCA to a nurse qualified beyond RGN level) at-or-beyond 'RGN-level', then if a lot of HCAs, etc, progressed to RGN-level you could reach 'percentage X' that way - if very few nurses reach RGN-level through progression, you would presumably need more intensive training (loosely, 'university-trained nurses') to get to that 'X'.

    As long as all nurses who are supposed to be at a certain level of competence are at that level, why does it matter how they got there? Surely we just need enough nurses to perform the range of tasks required of them?

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  • The only credential I can find for UKIP's choice of health spokesperson is that she once appeared in ITV's Peak Practice.

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  • Never mind the NHS I am sure they would be more than welcomed in Nursing Homes and they would be better remuniated and appreciated to boot

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