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The RCN criticises trainee nursing cuts in NHS London

Published on 18/01/2012

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has criticised the decision to cut the number of trainee nurses in London in a bid to raise standards of teaching.

NHS London, which oversees healthcare in the capital, has ordered universities to implement higher standards on nursing courses. Professor Trish Morris-Thompson, chief nurse at NHS London said:

"I do know there are examples where the standard of care by some new nurses simply is not good enough. Senior nurses tell me this and most disappointingly so do patients.”

“Making these changes will improve the quality of nurses who move into the NHS. I firmly believe this will significantly improve patient care, and that has to be a good thing.”

But the University and College Union warns that the motives behind the change were actually a reduction in nurse training places.

The University of West London will be stripped of its contract to provide adult nursing training as the number of places in the capital is cut by over 400 from 2,000 to 1,580.

The RCN has criticised the decision, warning of the possibilities of ‘chronic shortages’ of nurses with staff being ‘poached’ from abroad.

RCN chief executive Dr Peter Carter said: "We are deeply concerned at this reduction in nurse training places."

"The nursing workforce has grown in recent years, but only just enough to keep up with rising demands on healthcare."

This news comes after reports that less than 10 per cent of NHS hospitals test language skills of foreign nurses. With private medical insurance patients will be treated in a private hospital of their choice, with a consultant of their choice. Take control of your healthcare and compare health insurance online now.

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