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Nursing Counts

General election 2019

The UK General Election will take place on Thursday 12 December.

This is an opportunity to influence would-be Members of Parliament (known as prospective parliamentary candidates) and the election manifestos of each political party to make sure the voices of nursing and our priorities for the profession and patient care are high on the next UK Government’s agenda.


Dame Donna Kinnair on the General Election

The contribution of nursing staff to health and care services is invaluable and our voices must be heard in this political debate. As the largest part of the health and care workforce, our contribution to health and life outcomes is unique.  

We have clear aspirations for the next UK Government and have published a manifesto of five key priorities, which will help build a sustainable and dynamic nursing workforce to meet the health and wellbeing needs of our population. 

We are encouraging all members to use the manifesto to influence prospective parliamentary candidates, asking them to become nursing champions by pledging to support our priorities. We’re calling for all Nursing Champions, if elected as an MP, to promise to advocate and speak up for nursing staff and patient care in the House of Commons. 

We want members to vote, and to use their democratic right to choose who makes up our next government.

Influence your Prospective Parliamentary Candidates

Email your MP

Email your PPC

Take two minutes to email your would-be MP encouraging them to become a Nursing Champion.

Download our election guide

Download our guide to influencing your MP and what to ask your Prospective Parliamentary Candidates.

Our priorities

Nursing staff deserve better and patients need more. We want the next UK Government to:

  • We want it written in law in each UK country who is responsible for workforce planning to ensure safe and effective care.
  • We want all four governments to produce a national workforce strategy which ensures nursing helps to meet the whole country’s health needs. This should include clear plans for getting the right numbers and skill mix of nursing staff.

  • We want a commitment to greater investment in health and care services across the UK in line with rising population need.
  • We want greater transparency from the UK Government on how they allocate funding to devolved governments. Funding needs to accurately reflect the needs of each country.  

  • We want students across the UK to have access to adequate financial support.
  • We want nursing staff in all health and care settings to have sufficient funding for CPD.

  • We want to continue to be able to recruit overseas staff and a commitment to ethical recruitment.
  • We want an immigration system that is transparent and easy to understand.
  • We want the Immigration Health Surcharge to be waived completely for nursing staff.

  • We want meaningful pay rises for all nursing staff providing publicly funded services.
  • We want a workplace culture which tackles work-related violence, bullying, discrimination and third party harassment.
  • We want recognition of the importance of NHS pensions in retaining staff.