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Letter: was the fight for graduate entry nursing a total waste of time?

Veronica Burton says even Jeremy Hunt wouldn’t suggest apprenticeship training for doctors – so why should it be introduced for nurses?
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Veronica Burton says even Jeremy Hunt wouldnt suggest apprenticeship training for doctors so why should it be introduced for nurses?

Nobody with any official role in nursing should have anything to do with Hunts idea for associate nurses or nurses on the cheap as that is undoubtedly what they are. And the plan to return to apprenticeship training is an entirely retrograde step. Or was the fight for graduate entry nursing a total waste of time?

This government has taken away the bursary, and our efforts should be aimed at restoring that, not at colluding with a government that has been warned about the need for more degree places to train real, competent, modern nurses, for years and has chosen to do nothing about it.

NHS finance has been frozen since 2010 and according to the Kings Fund the service has not been so badly

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Veronica Burton says even Jeremy Hunt wouldn’t suggest apprenticeship training for doctors – so why should it be introduced for nurses?

Nobody with any official role in nursing should have anything to do with Hunt’s idea for associate nurses or ‘nurses on the cheap’ as that is undoubtedly what they are. And the plan to return to apprenticeship training is an entirely retrograde step. Or was the fight for graduate entry nursing a total waste of time?

This government has taken away the bursary, and our efforts should be aimed at restoring that, not at colluding with a government that has been warned about the need for more degree places to train real, competent, modern nurses, for years and has chosen to do nothing about it.

NHS finance has been frozen since 2010 and according to the King’s Fund the service has not been so badly funded since the 1950s.

The policy of austerity has been a dismal failure yet Theresa May is continuing with it. If the government invested in the NHS, it wouldn’t have to come up with ridiculous and downright dangerous ideas to fill a gap they should be properly training nurses for.

On the radio, Jeremy Hunt came out with the old chestnut that, if you want to be a nurse, it doesn’t matter if you lack any qualifications as long as you are ‘compassionate’. The corollary of that, of course, is that degree nurses might be clever but they do not really care about patients. I really thought we’d buried that absurdity a long time ago. My qualifications are BAHons (Dunelm), RGN, RSCN, ENB 405 (Special and intensive nursing of the newborn) etc. So does that mean I’m not at all compassionate?

Jeremy Hunt clearly has no idea about the demands of modern nursing. Even he would not, I assume, suggest apprenticeship doctors. But then everybody knows doctors have to be clever, don’t they?

Nurses should have absolutely nothing to do with these proposals. Instead they should concentrate on getting the bursary restored and more university places for nurses able to function in the modern NHS.

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