DoH has 'mountain to climb' to hit school nurse target

Plans to ask schools to keep records of pupils drug use, preg-nancy rates and obesity could be undermined by a shortage of school nurses, a union has warned.

Unite/CPHVA fears the DoH will not achieve its target of a school nurse for every secondary school and the cluster of primary schools around it by 2010.

In England there are currently 2,232 full-time equivalent nurses working in schools, 893 of whom have a post-graduate school nursing qualification, and 3,343 secondary schools.

Unite/CPHVA lead professional officer Cheryll Adams said there was a ‘mountain to climb' to achieve the 2010 target, and called on ministers to insist that PCTs invest in school nurses.

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