Nurse leaders call on Tory candidates to invest in nursing
Author: Jo Carlowe
The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has today written to both candidates in the race to be the next Conservative Party leader and prime minister, calling on them to invest in nursing.
In letters to Jeremy Hunt MP and Boris Johnson MP, the RCN urges the candidates to take action to ensure nurses across the four countries of the UK are supported and ensure they have enough resources to enable them to give patients safe and effective care.
Ensuring there is clear accountability for the recruitment, retention, and remuneration of the current and future nursing workforce must be a priority for the next prime minister, the RCN states.
In the letter, Dame Donna Kinnair, RCN chief executive and general secretary writes: “Investing in the health and care workforce supports good health outcomes for our population which in turn, provides opportunities for growth and socio-economic mobility.
“It is reasonable for this to be the starting point of any decisions made by government.”
The letter also calls on the candidates to end the uncertainty over Brexit and ensure there is an immigration system that can attract and enable international nursing staff with the right skills to work and remain in the sector.
In addition, the RCN is asking its members to tweet both candidates to “take action to end the uncertainty and protect patient safety”.