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No mention of primary care nurses in David Cameron's NHS speech

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David Cameron's plans to begin 'a transformation of primary care' did not mention the primary care nurse workforce and instead focused on investing in the GP workforce.

In his first major speech since the election, Mr Cameron spoke about his plans to create a seven-day health service. A key part of the plans is to extend the hours of general practices until 8pm, seven days a week. Mr Cameron said that this would be achieved by increasing the number of GPs.

However, he did not outline any plans to invest in the primary care nurse workforce. He said that there would be 'a new deal for GPs with more investment, more training and a more personal link with patients.'

Heather Henry, co-vice chair of the NHS Alliance, said: 'David Cameron is not wrong when he says that primary care needs more GPs. However, it is a massive disservice to primary care nurses that they were not mentioned in his speech. General practice is not just general practitioners. There is a triumvirate of managers, nurses and GPs. If we continue to have an unidisciplinary focus, then primary care will not evolve.'

A representative of the RCN said: 'The health service needs sufficient resources to be able to provide enough staff when they are needed. This includes all nursing, diagnostic, imaging, medical and support services.'

Mr Cameron also announced that there would be an increased focus on mental healthcare, building on the legacy of the coalition with the Liberal Democrats. He committed to 'full transparency over the quality of mental health services in every part of the country.'

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It isn't just the Tories who neglect to mention the primary care workforce although he has been instrumental in raising the profile of health visitors. Unfortunately nurses and other healthcare professionals tend to be invisible in terms of the public debate on health care and social policy. I am still waiting for there to be a protest movement about preserving and developing community and primary care services but most can't see beyond the hospital.
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Yet again the actual ground workers in General Practice are not being asked or considered in these latest plans. Practice nursing is an area that can be so rewarding and provide huge benefits to the patients we serve in the area we cover. Our workload increases and as Practice nurses we seem to just absorb it into our daily duties.We are being stretched to the limit. Since losing the old PCT system Practice nurses seem to have been forgotten and are having to fight to have a voice and obtain any training.I really feel respect for GP's and Practice nurses has diminished and although we may not be specialists in one condition we have to have a huge source of knowledge in many conditions including social aspects as well. My best advice to Mr Cameron and his band of NHS reformers is Stop,Look and Listen Stop coming out with statements that currently cannot be possible, Look at what you have got, trust in what some of the more mature staff who perhaps do not have all the latest degree status and who solely came into the profession to provide a caring service have to say or could advise. Listen to the groundworkers (the real working people) these are the poeople who actually deliver the service at the GP surgeries.You maybe given a totally different view.
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GP's cannot function without their practice nurse input. Unfortunately all local areas have been so oversubscribed with new housing, and so called promised govt input never materialised, we cannot cope with the sheer increase in volume of people...each and everyone in this field has been pushed to the limits of what is feasible..does not help to have these ridiculous "ofsted type inspections!" Where on earth do they find these people who have absolutely no idea about medicine in the community. AND none of it is backed up by research amazingly. The amount of money wasted to meet their "safe requirements" beggars belief. Over 40 years in the business, and at least 30 in practice nursing, plus the military etc.. I am now firmly convinced that the training these days is appalling, and all these substandard PGD's etc are put in place to cover their own backs. The NMC is a prime example of making us all pay for relevant foreign "checks".. Why does no one go into nursing anymore? Pay is lower than a 1st year secretary., everything dictated by "protocols"...why does no one have any common sense any more? I agree protocols are necessary for people with no experience...however the NHS will be losing a huge amount of shortly retiring nurses. How do you replace experience? certainly not with the "new guidelines". We need to get rid of this top heavy echelon of so called management. I personally see no future for the is not people orientated. Its all about ticking boxes, and hiding everything on "inspection day". How pathetic..We all went into this profession to help and alleviate any suffering etc. I just thank the Lord that my mother or father were never subjected to this present dreadful situation.
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