‘Schools need more nurses’

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Research conducted by the Fabian Society, a UK-based left-of-centre think-tank, argues in favour of schools having their own nurse to help tackle child obesity, nutritional problems and teenage pregnancy.

Currently, there is only one nurse to every ten schools in England. The Fabian Society argues that every primary and secondary school needs a specially trained nurse who should be a recognised as a full member of the school team and be on site in schools able to give pupils medical advice when they need it. 

The think-tank’s research shows that in Finland, where school nurses have a significant role in the education programme with nurses based onsite in all schools, teenage pregnancy levels are much lower than in the UK. Experts also say that school nurses have played a key role in Finland’s health-education success. 

The Fabian Society report ‘Born Unequal’ will be published on 28 March 2007 and can be consulted on the think-tank’s website.

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