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Threat to learning disability nursing

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Plans to shift learning disability services from the NHS could result in fewer registered nurses in the specialty, warn unions.

The government launched a consultation on a five-year strategy last week, which could see responsibility for non-medical services move to local authorities.
But the RCN is worried this could see more nurses being moved into the social care sector and a reduction in nurse numbers.
Annie Norman, RCN professional nurse adviser for learning disability, said: ‘It’s important we get social care providers to recognise the value of professional nursing skills. But the worry is if they’re required to provide clinical governance and training, they may just think it’s easier to say let’s not employ a registered nurse.’

See Analysis, p11

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