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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Nursing union boss brands govt proposal 'really stupid'

The head of the Royal College of Nursing, Peter Carter, has branded the government's championing of healthcare assistants a "really stupid idea".

The government proposal is for all new nurses to work as healthcare assistants, carrying out basic tasks, before beginning their nursing training.

Mr Carter said the measure would be a waste of taxpayers' money.

"I don't believe it will happen. I believe it is a really stupid idea that will not benefit patients," he added.

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