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Department of Health reinstates nursing position

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DH reinstate nursing post The Department of Health abolished the nursing position in June

A nursing-specific post will be created in the Department of Health, after the nursing directorate was abolished in June.

The new post will focus on nursing and allied health professional policy issues, including parliamentary business. The previous post for nursing, midwifery, and allied health professionals was scrapped as part of the Department of Health’s plans to cut administrative costs.

‘Nursing leadership, at the highest levels, is the key to achieving the best possible healthcare in the UK,’ said RCN Chief Executive Janet Davies. ‘Time and time again, we’ve seen that when things go wrong for nursing, things also go wrong for patients; the nursing profession needs to have a strong voice in Government in order to prevent crises in care.’

The decision was made to reinstate the post after a petition started by RCN member Deborah Glover received more than 10,000 signatures, which requires the Government to respond.

‘It’s positive that a new nursing post will form part of the new structure,’ added Ms Davies. ‘We look forward to working together with the DH to ensure that the nursing profession is at the centre of designing policy which impacts on patient care.’

'The government is absolutely committed to ensuring the voice of nursing, midwifery and allied health professionals is heard loud and clear in all of our policy making,' said the Department of Health's response to the petition. 'To ensure that the importance and profile of nursing and allied health professionals issues is maintained, the department will include a post specifically on nursing and allied health professional policy issues, including parliamentary business, in its the new structure.'

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Well what a response 'The government is absolutely committed to ensuring the voice of nursing, midwifery and allied health professionals is heard loud and clear in all of our policy making,'
So that is why they got RID of the nursing input in the first place
Hope lives on !!!!!
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Beware of Greeks (or the DH) bearing gifts... This may not be as it first appears. No guarantee that this postholder will actually be a nurse - or indeed any health professional.
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Very good news. I do hope the post holder will act in the best interest of all the Nursing Midwifery and Allied Caring professions and listen to the concerns and even the pleasures we experience in our different roles - institutions/hospitals/community and within clients' homes. The new position I believe should take on board monitoring of outcomes which would assist in developing good practice that will attract new recruits and slow the flow of those leaving the profession. I feel that we should be asked for our views when major discussions are being undertaken at the strategy level within Government that that impact on how care is delivered particularly in the future
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