Aug 25, 2017, UK Sunderland Echo: Lack of school nurses putting children at risk in the classroom, warn experts http://www.sunderlandecho.com/news/health/lack-of-school-nurses-putting-children-at-risk-in-the-classroom-warn-experts-1-8721057 Children who have asthma, epilepsy or diabetes are at risk in the classroom because of dwindling numbers of school nurses, experts have warned. The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) is calling on the Government to ensure local authorities are provided with the funds needed for fully-staffed school nursing services. It says the loss of school nurses is leaving teachers without vital training, and pupils without necessary support. The continued deterioration of services could leave pupils with health conditions unable to attend mainstream school, the RCN has warned. … Almost a quarter of 11-15 year olds in England report have a long term illness or disability, including asthma, diabetes, epilepsy and arthritis.