Thursday 23 November 2017

London's gain is Irish patients' sad loss

ON A recent visit to London with five nursing colleagues to observe how emergency departments achieve their target times, we heard the Chief Nurse of London, Ms Trish Morris Thompson, say the following: "Thank you Ireland for the wonderful nurses you have supplied to us, especially in the last year, and I wish to tell you that the quality of care for the patients of London and the NHS generally has improved greatly since the arrival of your most recent graduates."

So impressed is the Royal College of Nursing with Irish nurse graduates that it has decided to examine its own degree programme to see how it can be improved to emulate our system.

Perhaps, as our nursing-degree programme and clinical-placement year for student nurses comes under attack, Minister Reilly and his team would consider this positive endorsement.

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