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Public trust 'needs to return to nurses and midwives'

2nd March 2010

Nurses and midwives should demonstrate their commitment to delivering compassionate healthcare and their employers need to provide better support, a new report has claimed.

The Prime Minister's Commission on the Future of Nursing and Midwifery in England suggested that strong statements showing frontline staff's dedication to high-quality care will help to restore public confidence in the UK's heath system.

In its latest report, the organisation claimed that nurses should be offered more training, equipment and support to help patients with long-term and age-related conditions in both their own homes and hospitals.

The recommendation follows the recent announcement by health secretary Andy Burnham that the NHS will attempt to provide more services such as dialysis and chemotherapy in patients' homes.

Furthermore, the group highlighted the importance of public trust in skilled midwives to tackle persistent health inequalities and cope with a rising birth rate.

Ann Keen, chair of the commission, commented: 'Nurses and midwives are the lifeblood of the NHS and have always been at the heart of good healthcare.

'As a nurse, I know their great power and potential to improve the experiences of patients and influence the standard of care.'

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