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Cameron defends nurse plans

The Prime Minister has defended his controversial plans to force trainee nurses to work as healthcare assistants, after the head of the Royal College of Nursing calling them a "really stupid idea".

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PM defends nurse plan: 'It's about the level of care'

David Cameron has defended the Government's proposals for all new nurses to work as healthcare assistants, carrying out basic tasks, before beginning their nursing training.

The head of the Royal College of Nursing, Peter Carter, branded it a "really stupid idea".

Speaking at a PM Direct event in Derbyshire, Mr Cameron said: "It's going to be controversial, but in the end the kind of health service we want is not just about making sure we've got he facts and figures and the money spent well it's about the level of care."

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