Department of Health plan to axe nursing policy unit

26 July 2016
The Department of Health's plans to scrap the nursing policy unit in order to reduce running costs will see the loss of seven staff members, including the unit's head David Foster.

This comes as a consequence of the DH 2020 cost cutting drive as part of a bid to reduce running costs by 30% over the next five years.

Regarding the matter, Royal College of Nursing Chief Executive Janet Davies said: “These plans are extremely worrying. There is across the board consensus that nurse leadership, at the highest levels, is the key to driving the development of best practice and the best possible health policy. Government must not be exempt from that.

“It’s absolutely vital that talented, experienced and knowledgeable nursing professionals are involved in creating health policy, right at the heart of government.”

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