UK Nursing
RCN welcomes Northern Ireland health service restructuring
Apr 1, 2005 - 5:18:38 PM

Commenting on the publication of the long-awaited proposals for the Review of Public Administration in Northern Ireland, the Royal College of Nursing has welcomed the proposed streamlining of the health and social services outlined in the consultation document.

RCN Northern Ireland Board Chair Dorothea Bradley said: "We are pleased to note that the review team has taken on board many of the recommendations made by the RCN in our original submission, particularly in relation to the accountability and governance arrangements for the new HPSS bodies. The RCN will be monitoring closely how these new arrangements are put into practice. It is vital that nurses, other health professionals and the wider public in Northern Ireland are able to have full confidence in the ability of the proposed new arrangements to deliver high quality health and social care."

RCN Northern Ireland Director Martin Bradley added: "This review will have significant implications for our members. We will be working hard to ensure that their views on the proposed changes are taken into account by the government and that nursing is appropriately represented at a senior level within the new bodies and structures that will be created."

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