RCN London staff met this week with Rupa Huq, the new Member of Parliament for Ealing Central and Acton, to discuss our work in the region. The RCN has been in touch with newly elected MPs from all political parties to offer introductory meetings to explain more about the political issues currently facing nurses and nursing.
Rupa met with RCN London Regional Director Bernell Bussue and Senior RCN Officer Sharon Bissessar. The meeting discussed how to support local health staff who have been affected by the recent series of hospital changes in North West London. The changes include the closure of several services at Ealing Hospital. There is also currently a threat of job losses for school nurses working in Ealing borough.
Rupa was supportive of the RCN’s campaign to address staffing shortages more generally across London. We also discussed the RCN’s work on NHS pay, as well as our current campaign to have nursing added to the shortage occupation list to combat the damaging effect which the Government’s recent immigration changes are having for London’s health service.
Our thanks go to Rupa for taking the time to meet and we look forward to working together in the years to come.
Do you want to lobby your MP about health issues?
The RCN aims to make sure the nursing voice is always heard when political debates about health care are taking place. It is important we reach out to local MPs here in London all year round, not just when an election is coming up.
We have had a number of successful branch meetings where we have brought London MPs to speak at their local hospital or health centre, and we have also supported lobbies of Parliament on issues ranging from NHS pay and staffing levels to international aid and climate change.
We are always looking for more people to get involved and we are able to support RCN members in getting meetings with your MP arranged and briefing ahead of going to see them. If you are a London member and you would like support with lobbying your MP about health issues, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org