QNI welfare and grants officer Jo Moorby said: ‘If there is one thing missing from these exciting documents it is an acknowledgement of the contribution of district nurses to the improvements in care of people with long-term conditions over the last decade.
‘The GP contract, QOF, Family Health Partnerships, pharmacy roles and expansion of community hospitals are all mentioned but there is a hole at the centre of the picture.
‘Without the day-to-day work of 12,000 district nurses and their teams, doing case management and delivering both highly technical and compassionately individual care, many of these people would simply not be able to manage at home. District nurses are just as essential to the innovation and enterprise envisaged in this report as the rest of the primary care team.’
DoH Primary Care Strategy
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