Is the BMA right to oppose nurses performing terminations on the grounds of exposed patient risk?
‘No. Nurses already undertake many procedures that involve risk to patients. With adequate training and support, nurses would be in a position to deal with increased clinical risks in this situation’
Aoife Bradley, genetic nurse, Belfast City Hospital
‘The BMA is not right to oppose this but I don’t feel comfortable about nurses
performing terminations. This may be a step too far for the nursing profession’
Joy Milligan, practice nurse, Hampshire
‘Nurses already perform hernia surgery with excellent results.
The BMA is less concerned about the "risk" to patients from nurses than it is about the risk from nurses to doctors’
Maria Gough, senior nurse practitioner, Harlow NHS Walk-in Centre
‘No, the nurses who want to undertake this role will of course be experienced and have the appropriate knowledge and skills to do so, which can only improve the care that women undergoing a termination receive’
Julie Gallagher, clinical lead, Family Planning Palatine Centre, West Didsbury
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