The RCN Calls for More Investment in School Nurses
The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has warned that children with asthma, epilepsy and diabetes are being put at risk due to the ever accelerating loss of school nurses.
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NHS Digital has recently published new data that revealed schools in England have lost over 550 nurses since 2010. Already this year we have seen the fall increase dramatically with more than 100 jobs lost.
With the number of school nurses ever decreasing, teachers are being left without vital training and pupils without necessary support. The RCN has warned that if this deterioration continues, pupils with health conditions may be unable to attend mainstream schools.
Fiona Smith, RCN Professional Lead for Children and Young People’s Nursing has commented: “Every child has the right to an education and it is the Government’s responsibility to make that happen.” She continues “School nursing is a critical service and it needs to be treated as such.”
The RCN wants the government to provide all local authorities with the necessary funds to ensure there are fully-staffed school nursing services. This will hopefully ensure every child can attend school safely.