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New Welsh Government announced

18 May 2016

Today Carwyn Jones has been nominated as First Minister of Wales, leading a Labour Minority Welsh Government.

Following the successful nomination of Carwyn Jones as First Minister of Wales at the Senedd this afternoon, the RCN in Wales would like to welcome the new Welsh Government and look forward to working closely together with them in order to ensure the highest standards for both patients and health care professionals, living and working in Wales. 

On hearing the news, Tina Donnelly, Director, RCN in Wales said: “As part of the newly-agreed Welsh Government agenda we will see an increase in the number of health workers in primary care, which was one of the key goals of our Time to Care campaign. We are delighted that this decision has been made, however, we will hope for an emphasis on recruiting more practice nurses and advanced nurse practitioners, whose skills and expertise will be critical to meeting the growing care needs of the Welsh public.”

“Our RCN election campaign in September 2015 highlighted the key issues of concern raised by our members, such as ensuring safe nurse staffing levels, dignity in care and valuing nurses. With the success of the Nurse Staffing Levels (Wales) Act 2016 we have seen Wales take an unprecedented step; leading the way in UK and Europe on legislation that will ensure sustainable staffing levels on the wards of our future Welsh NHS.”

“We will be looking to the new Welsh Government to develop this law by agreeing its process of implementation and ensuring that workforce planning figures for nursing accurately reflect the expectations and needs of the Welsh NHS. We will hope to work closely with the Welsh Government on this, with the expectation that this law will be extended to further clinical settings, such as community and mental health nursing. As well as this, the Welsh Government must focus on the other issues our members raised; dignity in the care of patients and valuing the nursing workforce.”

“As always, we look forward to working closely with all the political parties who make up the National Assembly for Wales, as well as those politicians who play a key part in governing Wales in other establishments across the UK and Europe. These individuals now have the opportunity to work together and make real and lasting change for the Welsh NHS and the patients it serves.”