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Unison ready for 'challenging opportunity' of prime minister's nursing commission

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The trade union Unison has said it is ready for the ‘challenging opportunity’ of contributing to the prime minister’s nursing commission.

Gail Adams, Unison’s head of nursing, has been appointed as a member of the Commission on the Future of Nursing and Midwifery.

The commission is to draw up a blueprint for the future of the nursing and midwifery professions, paving the way for nurses to take more control of services.

Ms Adams said: ‘Working on the commission will be challenging but it is another opportunity to meet with healthcare professionals, hear their views, ideas and concerns and influence the future of healthcare in the NHS.

‘I am keen to ensure the commission does not restrict itself to the registered nursing and midwifery workforce.

‘Just as health care has changed, so have all of those who participate in its delivery. Healthcare assistants and maternity support workers are really good examples of how their changing roles have been critical to the development of nurses and midwives.’

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