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Biggest challenge has been wanting to do more, says outgoing chief nurse

Chief nursing officer for England Jane Cummings hopes her legacy will be a more ‘balanced’ image of nursing as the NHS looks to the next 70 years
Jane Cummings

Chief nursing officer for England Jane Cummings hopes her legacy will be a more ‘balanced’ image of nursing as the NHS looks to the next 70 years

After six years as chief nursing officer for England, Jane Cummings is stepping down. Her time in the post has coincided with arguably the most difficult period in the history of the NHS: escalating demand clashing with tightly controlled (many would say woefully inadequate) funding and unprecedented scrutiny of services in the wake of the Francis report into the Mid Staffordshire scandal.

Not a single bit of progress can have come easily to this CNO. Yet she insists there has been progress.

‘I haven’t been able to access lots of money

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