Academics have criticised the decision to cut nursing, midwifery and AHP advisers at the Department of Health in England.
Professor Dame Jessica Corner, Chair of the Council of Deans of Health, representing UK university faculties engaged in education and research for nursing, midwifery and the allied health professions, said:
“With the kind of strategic issues facing DH, including professional regulation, staffing and workforce transformation, it is difficult to imagine a worse time to cut internal professional advice. The Government won’t meet its own objectives if it doesn’t have high quality, confidential advice from people who understand the clinical, regulatory and professional context as it bears on Government policy.“
Professor Corner added:
“Given that these professions make up more than 75% of the health professional workforce, the time is right to revisit whether the CNO and CHPO should sit within DH alongside the Chief Medical Officer and Chief Social Worker.”
Notes to editors
- The Council of Deans of Health is the voice of the deans and heads of UK university faculties for nursing, midwifery and the allied health professions. For further information: councilofdeans.org.uk.
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