Pledge not to 'dumb down' community nurse role

The Scottish government would not push through the Review of Nursing in the Community, which has proposed a more generic community nurse, without the right evidence from the pilots.

Scottish health secretary Nicola Sturgeon acknowledged that there were concerns about the review, which began before the SNP government came to power.

Orkney GP Dr Hal Maxwell said there were fears that it would ‘dumb down’ community nursing and fail to recognise the role-played by nurses in the provision of healthcare.

Ms Sturgeon said this would not happen.

‘It’s not my intention to have the outcome that you talk about and if there is any evidence that it’s happening then we won’t go down that road,’ she said.

But she added that many professionals had said that the status quo was also undesirable, which was why the pilots were important.

‘We might learn a lot from the evaluation exercise. I have not come to any firm position on this,’ said Ms Sturgeon.

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