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School nursing 'crisis'

31st October 2006

A school nurse claims her caseload tops 9,000 children, sparking a call for crisis talks.

School nurse leaders called for urgent talks with her employers, the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly PCT, following the revelation made to health secretary Patricia Hewitt at the annual Amicus/CPHVA conference.

The nurse said she covered 33 schools, a further education college and up to 32 children on the child protection register at any one time.

Now Amicus is calling for urgent talks with the PCT, which says it had recently begun a review of staff caseloads in recognition of the high caseloads of community staff.

The 2004 Choosing Health white paper stated the government’s commitment to employ one qualified school nurse to every senior school and its associated cluster of primary schools.

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