Nurses hit out at shake-up

Prime Minister David Cameron  makes a speech about NHS reforms, at University College Hospital in London

Prime Minister David Cameron makes a speech about NHS reforms, at University College Hospital in London

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A REGIONAL nursing college fears controversial NHS reforms will lead to a privatisation of the service despite changes announced by the Prime Minister.

David Cameron has outlined some changes to plans for NHS reforms in England after criticism from health service professionals.

The PM has announced that hospital doctors and nurses will be involved in care commissioning, as well as GPs.

And a new regulator will support integration of services.

But the North-East branch of the Royal College of Nursing said the region has already seen a number of NHS services and nurses lost to private firms already.

Glenn Turp, RCN regional director, said: “In April, nurses at RCN Congress voted 98.76 per cent against the potentially disastrous proposals for the NHS.

“It remains to be seen just how far the Government is prepared to change course.

“The risk is that quality and safety are being sacrificed in favour of a service driven by profits and vested interests.”