I am angry and dismayed about the educational requirements needed to enter nursing. When I trained, one needed six GCSEs, including English language. Today one needs NVQ levels two and three. The NVQ does not teach literacy skills. Therefore, there is a high chance that candidates could be educationally poor.

This dramatic drop in standards has left the nursing profession ridiculed. Not only are patients' lives at risk from serious errors due to inability to read, but the professionalism has been taken out of nursing entirely. This makes a mockery of nurses who worked hard to achieve the past educational requirements. The government should not be allowed to boost its recruitment statistics by lowering the status of nursing.

Helen Fox St Annes Lancs