Nurses will be trained to perform surgery under radical plan to slash NHS waiting times and tackle looming crisis of ageing population

23 February 2020 – Daily Mail

Nurses are to receive training to perform surgical procedures under a revolutionary NHS drive to reduce waiting times.

Nurses will be encouraged to take a two-year course to become ‘surgical care practitioners’ and help ease the workload of under-pressure surgeons.

Under the proposal, the qualified nurses will be responsible for procedures including the removal of hernias, benign cysts and some skin cancers, as well as undertaking key tasks during major surgery including heart bypasses and hip and knee replacements.

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