Commentating on the launch of the NHS Review, Dr Peter Carter, chief executive and general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) said:
"The RCN welcomes the recognition by Lord Darzi's Review that future healthcare provision should aim for a more quality-based approach, and that nurses can play a lead role in its shaping and delivery.
"The overwhelming majority of care provided by the NHS is safe, but the RCN believes the ambition now must be to drive up patients' experience from a 'safe' to a 'high-quality' service. If fully implemented, these recommendations have the potential to achieve this ambition.
"We also welcome the Review's recommendation to increase investment in nurse education and training. And, that in the future the NHS will have a culture where nurse leaders are supported and empowered to effect meaningful change.
"We know that many NHS nurses who had considered setting up their own services were put off by the thought of losing their pension rights. The RCN is confident the proposal that nurses transferring from the NHS will be able to remain within the NHS pension scheme will lead to even more nurses setting up their own services to provide even more patients with faster and better care.
"The RCN looks forward to working closely with the government, patient groups and staff to achieve this transformation in healthcare."