Tory plan to overhaul nurse pay and training

The Conservatives have revealed plans to overhaul nurses' pay and introduce a training structure similar to doctors.

Photograph: JH Lancy
Photograph: JH Lancy

Nurses’ job titles would be simplified and training would be similar to the pathway that doctors follow from medical school to specialist.

The party is consulting health professionals and the public on the plans to inform policy in time for the next election.

The Tories also hope to abolish all targets for nurses and create a ‘zero-tolerance’ policy to protect nurses from violence.

Promoting a new ‘national nurses day’ is one of a number of proposals aimed at attracting a broader range of people into the profession.

  • How should nurse pay and training be overhauled, if at all?

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