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Do nurses learn enough about basic hospital care?

16 September 2013 Last updated at 06:13 BST

Inside Out takes two nurses who trained in 1968 back to the wards to meet today's nursing recruits and see what current training is like.

The two nurses, Trudy O'Connor and Deborah Harrison, suspect standards have slipped since the days of matrons.

They spend a day on a nurse training course at Coventry University to find out for themselves.

Although they are impressed by many aspects of training, especially the holistic skills and medical technology, they remain sceptical about whether today's nurses are taught enough about basic care.

They also express doubts about untrained healthcare assistants who now carry out many basic care duties which nurses used to perform.

Inside Out is broadcast on Monday, 16 September on BBC One West Midlands at 19:30 BST and nationwide for seven days on the iPlayer.

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