NHS nurses to spend a year on frontline care, says Hunt

The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt will today announce a more practical emphasis of policy for aspiring nurses.

"Frontline, hands-on caring experience and values need to be equal with academic training," Mr Hunt will say.

"These measures are about recruiting all staff with the right values and giving them the training they need to do their job properly, so that patients are treated with compassion."

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NHS reforms greeted

The chairman of the inquiry into the scandal at the Mid Staffordshire hospital trust has welcomed the government's response to his report - but warned that it will only be judged properly "over the next few months".