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Cameron set to host nurses' forum

David Cameron will meet nurses in Downing Street to discuss efforts to improve care and "restore a sense of pride" to the profession.

The Prime Minister is to host the first meeting of the Nursing and Care Quality Forum, announced in January to address concerns that some patients are not treated with dignity and respect.

He will ask the panel, comprising frontline nurses, patient representatives and medical experts, to research ways of ensuring that nurses have the time to provide proper care.

Mr Cameron also wants to explore methods of using patient feedback to improve services.

Last year, the Care Quality Commission found a fifth of NHS hospitals were breaking the law on care for the elderly, while 40% did not offer dignified care.

The Prime Minister will say that everybody should be treated with dignity, compassion and respect.

"Nurses are some of the most caring, compassionate people in the country and I want to do everything possible to allow them to do a fantastic job," he said.

"That means learning from the best - and helping everyone to match those great standards.

"That's why I've asked the Nursing and Care Quality Forum to scour the country, find out what works best and share it across the NHS.

"We've seen how innovative changes to nursing can increase patient trust and confidence in their care. These are the kind of ideas we need to explore if we are to change the way nursing works and restore a sense of pride in the profession."


From Belfast Telegraph