A Government White Paper will ensure that nurses have a more central decision-making role within the NHS.
The Paper gives nurses a formal place on Primary Care Group boards, and places them at the forefront of change in health services in the UK. Baroness Jay said: “This paper ensures that the massive contribution that nurses can make to improving local healthcare is recognized.”
She added: “Nurses have unique relationship with their patients and understand their needs in the widest possible sense It is an awful waste of clinical expertise when nurses’ views are not taken into account. In the new NHS, nurses’ views will be heard and valued” she added.