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Student nurses missing out

10th April 2006

10042006_nursecall1.jpgHealth Unions warn that trainee nurses could increasingly be used as cheap labour to plug NHS staffing gaps. The Royal College of Nursing and Unison say 2,000 nursing posts were lost last month and trainees were covering gaps and missing out on their training.

Gail Adams Unison's head of nursing told the BBC the situation could get worse with further redundancies, saying that the amount of redundancies is likely to escalate. However, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) said the problem was being addressed.

One student nurse said her training was suffering, and that out of a six-week placement she only worked with her mentor on three or four shifts.

The director of standards and registration with the NMC, Kathy George, said that the NMC are reviewing the quality assurance framework that they use to monitor all programmes of student learning.  She said that this will allow them to concentrate on areas where there is higher risk.

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