Pirate FM News

Keep up to date with the latest news delivered direct to your Inbox.

Cornish Nurses Could Lose Jobs

news-logo.jpg
Delicious Submit this page to reddit

7:01am 27th March 2012

Pirate FM has learnt some nurses working for Cornwall's out-of-hours service could lose their jobs.

Serco is consulting staff but insists a new system will mean better and quicker patient care.

It is moving to a new system to assess patients, already in use by the South West Ambulance service. It says NHS Pathways was developed by doctors, nurses and IT specialists.

However, the Royal College of Nursing fears it will mean staff without medical qualifications end up speaking to patients. Spokesperson Sue Matthews said, "They may simply be told to see their GP tomorrow. That might happen anyway but, in the meantime, a nurse may well say 'If you have a home remedy, a cough medicine or something, that may be helpful for you.' None-registered staff can't do that.

"Whilst it has been tested in various other places and it's definitely the modern way forward it is new to Cornwall and isn't something we would normally expect to see such a significant change to the personnel who are delivering on that system."

Karl Cole from Serco said that it had only been given the greenlight after a detailed clinical assessment undertaken by the Primary Care Trust. He said, "Pathway system has actually be developed to enhance the patient journey and ensure they are sent to the right place quicker than they normally would be.

There will still be nurses in the call centre at all times and there will still be doctors in the call centre at all times. There will be the same amount of doctors in the clinics and on the road visiting people at home."

7:01am 27th March 2012

Share This Story

Delicious Submit this page to reddit
Suggested articles
sugar

WATCH: Cornish families urged to tackle child obesity

Almost a third of primary kids here are overweight or obese

eden project

PHOTOS: Record year for Cornish attractions

But could terror fears drive UK tourism down?

Most read
newbridge crash

Woman has 'life-changing injuries' after crash

18-year-old was airlifted near Penzance

missing john hurst 4

BREAKING: Body on beach identified

John Hurst was found on Watergate Bay near Newquay

Top articles

BREAKING: Body on beach identified

Cornwall News: John Hurst was found on Watergate Bay near Newquay

Pirate FM Cornwall News Update - 7th January 2016

Cornwall Video News: Officials say they’re holding talks to find new jobs for hundreds of workers in Bodmin.

Corbyn 'almost as unpopular as Trump' in Britain, according to poll

National News: Jeremy Corbyn is almost as unpopular as Donald Trump among the British public, according to pollsters GfK.

UPDATE: Body found on popular Cornish beach

Cornwall News: Police say death at Watergate Bay 'isn't suspicious'

Linda Nolan diagnosed with secondary cancer

Showbiz News: Singer Linda Nolan of pop group The Nolans has been diagnosed with secondary cancer.

Typhoon jets from RAF Coningsby to counter Russia threat over Black Sea

World News: Four RAF Typhoons are being sent to Romania to help police the Black Sea and provide reassurance to countries worried about Russia's military ambitions.

Scottish Muay Thai boxer Jordan Coe found dead in Thailand

Sports News: A Scottish boxer has died in Thailand of suspected heatstroke.

Newer article

Sunny Till Thursday?

Cornwall News: Forecasters say Cornwall's good weather is set to stay

Older article

Newquay Woman Jailed for Sex Attacks

Cornwall News: 23 year old abused two air cadets on summer camp

Cornwall's Pirate FMPirate Extra Footer LogoEscape to Cornwall radioLoveCornwall.com - The Cornish Business DirectoryPirate Education and Training

 

© Copyright Pirate FM

Pirate FM cannot be held responsible for the content of external links.