Unite calls for more school nurses

Unite/CPHVA has called upon the government to ensure all PCTs commit money to each train 10 new school nurses from September 2009. By Laura James.

This is part of Unite’s request for a large school nurse recruitment campaign. It estimated that there are now 6,900 children to every specialist school nurse in England, using NHS workforce statistics.

Due to the cervical cancer immunisation for teenage girls and the government push to have a specialist school nurse for every secondary school and its cluster of primary schools by 2010, there is also concern about the increasing workload.

Ros Godson, Unite’s professional officer for school-aged children, said: ‘We have repeatedly called for the immediate employment of 2,000 more qualified school nurses in England to give advice on issues, such as teenage pregnancy, and alcohol and drug misuse.’

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