I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy New Year and say a big thank you to the nursing and healthcare staff who have kept our health service running over the holiday period. For those of you who were able to take a break over Christmas, I hope it was restful and restorative.
As we look forward to new beginnings our focus will also remain fixed on ensuring our hard-working nurses achieve a pay award that reflects their efforts. The RCN has made its expectations very clear to the government, and we go into 2018 continuing to fight to ensure that a decent pay rise is delivered, from increased funding and without any unfair conditions attached.
Our fantastic members came out in force last year to stand up and be counted, and as we move into a new year and a new chapter of our campaign, we must continue to work together.
The health services is set to enter what promises to be another difficult winter - I want all of our members to know that the RCN London region will be there to support you along the way.
I wish you all a happy and successful year ahead.
Bernell Bussue, SEN, RMN, RGN, DMS, MBA
Regional Director, RCN London