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Health secretary calls on senior nurses for help in four areas

Nurses can help make improvements in four key areas, the health secretary told the chief nursing officer summit.
Senior nurses can help make improvements in four ‘real priorities’, the health secretary told the chief nursing officer summit

Senior nurses can help make improvements in four real priorities, the health secretary told the chief nursing officer summit in Birmingham.

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt: 'The issue is not a lack of good practice.'

Jeremy Hunt's keynote speech to senior nursing and midwifery leaders from across England started with thanks to all staff before he outlined his plans for the future.

The first area he asked for help was a return to having 95% of patients attending emergency departments being seen and treated within four hours of arrival.

Were going to need really strong nursing support to turn this around, he told the summit.

The second area was maternity safety, where Mr Hunt said mistakes were costing the NHS millions of pounds a year.

'Maternity injury is the biggest part of the 1.4 billion annual compensation bill that we pay.'

He said

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Senior nurses can help make improvements in four ‘real priorities’, the health secretary told the chief nursing officer summit in Birmingham.


Health secretary Jeremy Hunt: 'The issue is not a lack of good practice.'

Jeremy Hunt's keynote speech to senior nursing and midwifery leaders from across England started with thanks to all staff before he outlined his plans for the future.

The first area he asked for help was a return to having 95% of patients attending emergency departments being seen and treated within four hours of arrival.

‘We’re going to need really strong nursing support to turn this around,’ he told the summit.

The second area was maternity safety, where Mr Hunt said mistakes were costing the NHS millions of pounds a year.

'Maternity injury is the biggest part of the £1.4 billion annual compensation bill that we pay.'

He said there had been 'progress', adding that still-births and neonatal deaths had fallen, but that 'we can do so much better'.

The health secretary’s third priority was infection control with a focus on E. coli. Mr Hunt suggested using whiteboards on wards to display occurrence, as has been done to reduce infection rates of C. difficile and MRSA.

And fourth was changing culture. ‘The issue is not a lack of good practice; we have some of the best hospitals, doctors and nurses. It’s the failure to share best practice.’ 

 

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