Health Policy

13.12.19

Royal College of Nursing responds to the General Election

The results of the 2019 General Election have been announced today (Dec 13) with a Conservative party majority.

Responding to the results, Dame Donna Kinnair, chief executive and general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing has said priority should be placed on funding the future nursing staff:

“The Prime Minister must remember that the Government’s new mandate was secured on the back of health and care pledges over which we will hold them to account.

“Nursing cannot afford any more piecemeal workforce planning, nor underfunding and working conditions that both put off new recruits and cause experienced nurses to leave the profession they love. Nurses were yet again voted the most trusted profession in the UK last month – and the public wants action to address shortages. 

“Much was said about nursing during the election campaign, and now the nursing profession must be at the heart of the debate. 

"Any attempts to row back from what patients need will be met with short shrift from the nurses who serve them. Extensive expert research shows that registered nurses are the key to patient safety, and it needs to be clear in law who in Government and in the system is responsible for ensuring there are sufficient numbers of nurses to meet patients’ needs.  

“The new Government must take decisive and urgent action to address the growing shortage of nurses, the crisis in social care and any barriers that deter international nursing staff from coming to the UK.   

"Wherever they are in the UK, current nursing staff need to see real improvements to their working lives. Being properly rewarded for a highly complex and demanding job is no small part of that and when negotiations on pay begin around the UK in 2020, politicians across the board can expect our members to be very vocal in expecting things to change. 

“The promised student financial support must be released immediately, and the Government must use its first Budget to invest at least an extra £1bn a year in funding for both tuition fees and maintenance grants in England to attract the future nursing staff desperately needed. 

“Our future relationship with the EU, and any trade deals made, must not take us down the road of an NHS carve-up.  If handled poorly, EU withdrawal will exacerbate workforce shortages and hinder public health initiatives. 

“The new decade that begins in just two weeks’ time needs to be much better for nursing than the last one.  And we must seize the moment, as it kicks off with 2020’s global celebration of the profession, the WHO Year of the Nurse and Midwife”.

Comments

There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment

 

national health executive tv

more videos >

latest healthcare news

Number of nurses increases by 8,570 in the past year

27/02/2020Number of nurses increases by 8,570 in the past year

The Government has announced nursing numbers in the NHS have gone up by 8,570 nurses over the past year, as they work towards their ambitious goa... more >
NHS Digital annual report shows increase in adult social care workforce

27/02/2020NHS Digital annual report shows increase in adult social care workforce

An additional 1,000 adult social services roles were filled in local authorities across England, according to the latest NHS Digital annual repor... more >
NICE recommends new treatment for follicular lymphoma

27/02/2020NICE recommends new treatment for follicular lymphoma

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) have published final draft guidance approving a new treatment option for patien... more >

editor's comment

25/09/2017A hotbed of innovation

This edition of NHE comes hot on the heels of this year’s NHS Expo which, once again, proved to be a huge success at Manchester Central. A number of announcements were made during the event, with the health secretary naming the second wave of NHS digital pioneers, or ‘fast followers’, which follow the initial global digital e... read more >

last word

Haseeb Ahmad: ‘We all have a role to play in getting innovations quicker’

Haseeb Ahmad: ‘We all have a role to play in getting innovations quicker’

Haseeb Ahmad, president of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI), sits down with National Health Executive as part of our Last Word Q&A series. Would you talk us th... more > more last word articles >

the scalpel's daily blog

Too much emphasis on leadership development… and not enough

24/02/2020Too much emphasis on leadership development… and not enough

Words by Dean Royles and Kevan Taylor, who continue their regular contribution to NHE’s blog content. Kevan and Dean work in organisations and systems providing strategic support, advice and development. Every time the NHS goes through one of its many, many structural reorganisations, there is a renewed emphasis on the importance of... more >
read more blog posts from 'the scalpel' >

comment

NHS England dementia director prescribes rugby for mental health and dementia patients

23/09/2019NHS England dementia director prescribes rugby for mental health and dementia patients

Reason to celebrate as NHS says watching rugby can be good for your mental health and wellbeing. As the best rugby players in the world repr... more >
Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

21/06/2019Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

Taking time to say thank you is one of the hidden pillars of a society. Being on the receiving end of some “thanks” can make communit... more >
Nurses named as least-appreciated public sector workers

13/06/2019Nurses named as least-appreciated public sector workers

Nurses have been named as the most under-appreciated public sector professionals as new research reveals how shockingly under-vauled our NHS, edu... more >
Creating the Cardigan integrated care centre

10/06/2019Creating the Cardigan integrated care centre

Peter Skitt, county director and commissioner for Ceredigion Hywel Dda University Health Board, looks ahead to the new integrated care centre bei... more >

interviews

Mike Farrar, Swim England - Last Word

07/12/2019Mike Farrar, Swim England - Last Word

Mike Farrar Chairperson of Swim England Would you talk us through your previous roles within the NHS? I’ve held a number of ... more >
Matt Hancock says GP recruitment is on the rise to support ‘bedrock of the NHS’

24/10/2019Matt Hancock says GP recruitment is on the rise to support ‘bedrock of the NHS’

Today, speaking at the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) annual conference, Matt Hancock highlighted what he believes to be the three... more >
NHS dreams come true for Teesside domestic

17/09/2019NHS dreams come true for Teesside domestic

Over 20 years ago, a Teesside hospital cleaner put down her mop and took steps towards her midwifery dreams. Lisa Payne has been delivering ... more >
How can winter pressures be dealt with? Introduce a National Social Care Service, RCP president suggests

24/10/2018How can winter pressures be dealt with? Introduce a National Social Care Service, RCP president suggests

A dedicated national social care service could be a potential solution to surging demand burdening acute health providers over the winter months,... more >

health service focus

View all News