School nurse shortage

15th May 2009 at 01:00

A shortage of school nurses is leaving children open to the risk of another Baby P tragedy, the Royal College of Nursing warned on Wednesday. A survey by the college found the average school nurse looks after more than 2,600 children, combining work in secondary and neighbouring primary schools. Peter Carter, general secretary of the college, told delegates in Harrogate that this left two-thirds of school nurses feeling overstretched, unsupported and unsure of spotting a potential tragedy. He said: "We do not think we are in a position to be able to offer all children the protection and assessments they need, simply because there are insufficient numbers of staff."

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