RCN welcomes new Health Secretary
Published: 04 September 2012
The Royal College of Nursing today commented on the Cabinet reshuffle and said that it looked forward to working with incoming Secretary of State Rt. Hon Jeremy Hunt MP.
Dr Peter Carter, RCN Chief Executive & General Secretary, said: “In challenging times for the health service, the RCN has not seen eye to eye with Andrew Lansley on the Government’s health reforms. However, we have welcomed the continuous dialogue between Mr Lansley and RCN members during his time as Health Spokesman and as Secretary of State.
“The RCN will now be looking to work with incoming Secretary of State Jeremy Hunt, to ensure that the nursing voice is heard. There are profound challenges facing health in the UK, such as the need to save £20 billion from across the NHS in England, staff being asked to do more with less, waiting lists lengthening and waiting times rising, threats to public health, the delivery of social care to an ageing population, and the demands of shifting care from hospitals into the community and an unnecessary shift to regional pay.
“We wish Mr Hunt well as he faces these considerable challenges and wish to meet with him soon to set out the concerns of the nursing profession.”