Call for assistant nurse role rethink
The creation of new nursing assistant posts should be scrapped and money invested in "real nurses", experts say after research suggested the use of lower skilled posts was a risk.
Rollout of the new nursing associate roles starts in England in December.
Research in the BMJ Quality and Safety journal linked the use of junior care roles to higher death rates.
But ministers rejected the criticism, saying the new posts were on top of investment in fully qualified nurses.
The new associate roles are seen as bridging the gap between nurses and healthcare assistants.
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