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Call over nurse role.

THREE Midland health trusts have been criticised for not appointing a nursing director to their boards to champion patient care.

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) is urgently calling for Walsall, Sandwell and Solihull Primary Care Trusts (PCT) to create an executive director of nursing post with voting rights.

Dr Peter Carter, head of the RCN, has written to the three PCTs asking them to reconsider their position as a matter of urgency as they are the only trusts in the region that do not have a senior nurse in that pivotal role.

Patricia Marquis, director of the RCN in the West Midlands, said: "A minority of trusts have no executive director of nursing post in their governance structure with equal powers to, say, the director of finance.

"It's not only nurses that find this worrying, patients would probably question it, too.

"Nurses are on the front line, the 'canaries in the coalmine' for if things start going wrong with patient care. It is absolutely vital their voices are heard."
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