PCTs fail to appoint nurses to their boards

One in four PCTs (28%) has yet to achieve a DoH target for at least one executive director of nursing on their governing boards, according to a Royal College of Nursing (RCN) survey.

The worst region is the South West in which just 43% of the PCTs have an executive director with voting rights on the board.

Dr Peter Carter, RCN chief executive and general secretary, said: ‘Nurses spend more time with patients than any other health professional, so it makes sense for them to be a key part of the decisions which impact on the care that patients receive.

‘Nurses are often the first to identify where things are going wrong. By failing to give them proper representation at the board table, these trusts are missing out on valuable expertise that could help nip any problems in the bud.’

neil.durham@haymarket.com

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