Standing in solidarity with nursing staff in India

Professor Dame Anne Marie Rafferty CBE 27 Apr 2021 Prof Anne Marie Rafferty RCN President

RCN President Professor Dame Anne Marie Rafferty shares her message to members in response to the emerging COVID-19 wave in India.

I have been extremely saddened to see reports of the devastating surge of COVID-19 in India over the last few days.

This crisis proves that in the context of a global pandemic, no one is safe until everyone is safe. 

That’s why it’s vital, now more than ever, that the international community work collaboratively to develop global solutions to bring about a rapid end to the pandemic.

The UK Government's promise to send life-saving equipment surplus to our needs is a good start and I’m reassured to see reports today that the first shipment of medical supplies has arrived in India.

But long-term support is essential. 

We must continue to aid the worst affected nations for as long as they need, to help control this disease.

The Royal College of Nursing stands in solidarity with our nursing colleagues in India who are working tirelessly to provide lifesaving care to patients. 

Their expertise is crucial to meet the enormous challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and I can’t express my gratitude enough.

And I know that many of our members will be worried about loved ones in India at this time. Please remember, if you have been affected by this directly and need support, please contact us.

Professor Anne Marie Rafferty

Professor Dame Anne Marie Rafferty CBE

RCN President


Anne Marie is Professor of Nursing Policy at the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery and Palliative Care at King’s College London. 
Professor Rafferty has been involved in the RCN since she was a student in 1977. She has previously acted as an RCN representative on the Health Quality Improvement Partnership and currently acts as a member of the Safe Staffing Expert Reference Group. She was named one of the 70 most influential nurses in 70 years of the NHS.

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