RCN comment on No.10 meeting on NHS reforms

Published: 18 February 2012

Responding to the news that the Government plans to hold a meeting on the NHS reforms on Monday without all the relevant groups, Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Chief Executive & General Secretary, Dr Peter Carter, said:

"It is difficult to understand how the Government believes it can hold a productive meeting on the NHS reforms without representation from the single biggest workforce in the NHS. They have continually pledged throughout this process to put clinicians in the driving seat, yet this decision would suggest an unwillingness to engage with the views of nurses. Nurses know how to improve care and it is vital for patients that they are listened to. The RCN has said that we will continue to raise the genuinely held concerns of our members with the Government, however our overall view remains that the bill as a whole risks damaging the NHS which our members work hard to build and support."