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St Ives MP: "Nurses Need More Help"

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5:46pm 6th January 2012

A St Ives MP urges the government to "listen to nurses, not people who pontificate about nursing".

It comes as plans to cut bureaucracy are revealed.

The Prime Minister wants nurses to make rounds of wards once an hour.

Andrew George is calling on David Cameron to scrap the NHS overhaul altogether.

“In many hospital settings nurses are simply run off their feet. Whilst I am sure they would welcome any constructive proposals which would help them deliver the clinical standards they came into the profession to provide, it won’t help if this initiative simply produces another report which pontificates about their profession but ignores what I believe is the biggest problem for patient care, on many hospital wards -  inadequate staffing levels.

“He could start by ditching the damaging Health Bill and revisiting his pre-election pledges which included, for example, increasing midwife numbers by 3,000.

“Already, this morning, some commentators are, like those before, confusing the role of nurses as professional clinicians with the role of healthcare assistants. That does not help what I hope will be a genuine constructive effort to help nurses achieve greater job satisfaction through improving patient experience of NHS hospital wards where nursing staff levels have become dangerously threadbare”.

5:46pm 6th January 2012

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