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BBC NEWS – Nurses are to be rated according to the levels of care and empathy they give to patients under government plans.
Health Secretary Alan Johnson told the Guardian newspaper that he wants the performance of every nursing team in England to be scored.
He said he believes compassionate care was as crucial to the recovery of patients as the skills of surgeons.
Nurse leaders welcomed the move and said they would work with ministers on developing the system.
Mr Johnson said plans were to be outlined in the forthcoming review of the NHS by health minister Lord Darzi.
Nurses work tirelessly to ensure that patients are treated with dignity, compassion and sensitivity Peter Carter, of the Royal College of Nursing
Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland are not planning to introduce a similar scheme, although nurse performance is already monitored through patient surveys and core standards.
Mr Johnson suggested the results, compiled by regulators using patient surveys, could be displayed on an official website.
But he ruled out rating individual nurses and also said it would not affect pay.
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