NHS cuts have led to specialist nursing posts being lost or downgraded, says a report by the Royal College of Nursing.
The ‘Our NHS – Today and Tomorrow’ report, launched yesterday at the RCN’s annual congress, highlights that specialist nurses are bearing the brunt of cutbacks.
The vast majority of specialist nurses (87 per cent) said that NHS cuts were having an ‘adverse’ effect on patient care and nearly half (47 per cent) were aware of service cuts in their specialist area.
In the diabetes arena, diabetes specialist nurses are seen by many as the lynchpin of their local diabetes service.
"The Government has to wake up and take note of this report and understand the value and effectiveness of specialist nursing," said Douglas Smallwood, Chief Executive of Diabetes UK.
"People with diabetes rely on being able to access the advice, support and skills of specialist diabetes nurses.
“Furthermore, diabetes specialist nurses have a key role in providing the education and support for general practice diabetes care teams who are providing an increasing proportion of direct care for people with diabetes.
"With over two million people diagnosed with diabetes in the UK and prevalence increasing at a worrying rate, diabetes specialist nurses are needed more than ever."