Darzi's NHS review fails to recognise skills of nurses

Nursing skills could be wasted under the NHS review outlined last week by health minister Lord Darzi because it is too GP-focused, nurse leaders have warned.

Professor Sir Ara Darzi
Professor Sir Ara Darzi

Director of the Queen’s Nursing Institute Rosemary Cook said it would be a missed opportunity if nurses were seen ‘only as back-up to GPs’.

She welcomed plans for more primary care resources set out in Lord Darzi’s report, including new health centres, GPs, nurses and healthcare assistants.

But Ms Cook warned: ‘The focus of the resources is on GPs, GP practices and GP-led health centres. But more of the same in GP services is not going to deliver the changes needed.’

She urged nurses on the advisory board to Lord Darzi’s review to ‘ensure the future vision of the NHS makes the most of the potential of community-based nurses’.

Nick.bostock@haymarket.com

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