nursing professor Clare Hale has been questionning the
government's plans for healthcare education.
concern is that behind the interdisciplinary educational
agenda is another agenda to reconfigure nursing: the clever
nurses get creamed off to be clinical specialists (or
perhaps physicians' assistants) and the rest get reconfigured
as multitasking health care professionals at the basic
level," said Professor Hale in a paper for the institute
of public policy research (IPPR).
order to proceed, the government must give a clear policy
statement that the identity of existing professional groups
will be maintained. Furthermore, many of the practical
and logistical problems with inter-professional education
remain to be fully confronted."