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Patient care being put at risk by reforms, says QNI


The Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI) has penned an open letter to the Department of Health regarding its consultation on reforming healthcare education funding. The QNI is concerned about current changes to the NHS bursary system and believes that unsustainable changes to the NHS workforce may result in patient care and patient safety being put at risk.

In particular, the QNI hightlights three major changes to nurse funding that have the potential to destabilise the NHS in England:

  • The introduction of funding by Heath Education England (HEE) for the development of nursing associates
  • The removal of the HEE bursary for pre-registration funding
  • The withdrawal of HEE funding for post-registration specialist and advanced education and training.

In the open letter, Crystal Oldman, chief executive of the QNI, calls for the government to explore an alternative funding model for nursing, midwifery and allied health courses that would secure control of the future workforce.

‘The government also needs to address the risk to the stability of the NHS if its prediction of the number expected of students following the reforms is wrong,’ the letter states. ‘The lasting impact on the NHS will be immense if insufficient students enter training for several years running and the student pipeline is put at risk.’

Read the full letter here


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