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District nurses 'take pressure off', Tina Donnelly says

The number of district nurses in Wales has fallen to its lowest level in six years, prompting concern patients who are cared for at home could be at risk.

In 2015, there were 412 district nurses in Wales, down 42% from 712 in 2009, figures have shown.

The Royal College of Nursing said it was placing pressure on GP surgeries and emergency departments.

The Welsh Government said overall, the total number of nurses providing community services had increased.

Tina Donnelly, director of the RCN in Wales, said it had "undoubtedly" contributed to to GP waiting times and possibly re-admissions to hospitals.

  • 19 Jul 2016
  • From the section Wales