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Saturday, 14 March, 1998, 15:25 GMT
'Diana's Angels' under consideration
Diana with sick kids
Nursing corps would reflect Diana's work with children
A nursing corps to care for sick children is among projects under "detailed discussion" to commemorate Diana, Princess of Wales.

The committee established to decide how best to honour the memory of the 37-year-old princess is set to give the go-ahead for a scheme which will enshrine her work with children.

On the way - Diana's Angels?
A spokesman for the Diana Memorial Committee, chaired by the Chancellor, Gordon Brown, confirmed that the idea of a roving army of paediatric nurses - already dubbed "Diana's Angels" - was one of the leading proposals.

He said: "It is one of the ideas that is being looked at very closely.

"We are in close consultation to see whether a nursing corps would be feasible and suitable. Whatever is chosen, it must fit in with existing services.

"From the very start it has been suggested that something will be done relating to nursing and childcare services. Obviously this is just one of several ideas put forward but I can confirm it is being examined in detail."

A memorial garden is also being discussed
The Treasury has approached the Department of Health "as a matter of routine" to explore the feasibility of the proposed new service, he added.

Although no final decision has been reached, an announcement by the memorial committee on how Diana will be remembered is expected before the first anniversary of her death on August 31.

Reports suggest the service has been provisionally called the Diana Community Nurses and will run on similar lines to the Macmillan Nurses who care for cancer patients in their homes.

Among other plans under discussion are a memorial garden at the princess's Kensington Palace home, and special issue coins.

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