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NHS nurses feel under trained

Published on 01/04/2010
Almost a third of nursing staff have been unable to access mandatory training in key areas such as infection control, research shows.

A survey conducted by the Royal College of Nursing found that only half of nurses in the UK feel they are up-to-date with their training, with many missing out due to greater workloads as a result of staff shortages.

In response, UNISON's head of nursing Gail Adams highlighted the importance of putting patient care before money, saying that budget difficulties often result in training cuts.

She said: "It is very important that nurses keep up-to-date and ahead of new practices. One of the things about the NHS, and medical work generally, is that it is constantly changing. There are new drugs coming on the market, new procedures, new ways of treating patients."

According to the NHS Information Centre, there were 395,229 qualified nursing staff in the UK in 2009 - an increase of around two per cent from the previous year.

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