CDNA renews call for wider community nursing services

Posted on September 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

A renewed call for the implementation of a UK-wide community nursing service has been made by the Community & District Nursing Association (CDNA). The association has written to the Departments of Health in England, Scotland and Wales, and the Department of Health & Social Services in Northern Ireland, supporting the introduction of 24-hour community nursing services and the re-allocation of NHS resources into primary care. CDNA national professional officer Heather Ballard said the Government¹s report on intermediate and long term care for elderly people recognised that most older people want to remain independent and live in their own homes for as long as possible, so it was important that the NHS had nation-wide, adequate round-the-clock community nursing cover. “Many elderly patients are simply unable to cope with a given clinical situation and must be admitted to hospital or other institutional care because there is no out of hours alternative,” Ms Ballard said. “Twenty four hour community services woul

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