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Nurses will sit on NHS board

21st June 2011

The government has confirmed that a nurse will have a position on every local health service commissioning body.


The revision to health reform plans will only allow particular nurses to make an application for board places, because the government will not allow local hospital and community nurses, stating they would have a "conflict of interest".

Last week, after carrying out a "listening exercise", the government said it would make a number of changes to the Health and Social Care Bill.

Nursing Times carried out a campaign to ensure clinical commissioning groups had a minimum of one nurse on their panels.

It was called 'A Seat on the Board', and was backed by the Royal College of Nursing and 1,300 petition signatures.

The government has released a document which says boards must now have at least two members of the public and "at least one registered nurse and one doctor who is a secondary care specialist".

The document adds: "They must have no conflict of interest in relation to the clinical commissioning group’s responsibilities, eg must not be employed by a local provider."


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