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Vital role of school nursing
  1. Fiona Smith
  1. Royal College of Nursing, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to: Fiona Smith, Royal College of Nursing, London W1G 0RN, UK; fiona.smith{at}

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Cuts in public health funding risk widening child health inequalities. A recent review by the Health Service Journal highlights children and young people are bearing the brunt of the cuts in local authority budgets,1 with school nursing services as a result being significantly reduced in many parts of the country.

School nursing is a universally accessible service that is non-stigmatising, with school nurses having a key role in promoting the health and well-being of children and young people. Essentially, the school nurse functions as health promoter and health educator, working in collaboration with families, teachers, youth workers and counsellors.2 ,3 The result of removing school nurses can have a serious impact on children and young people's health and …

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