The Royal College of Nursing represents over 24,500 members within the nursing family in Wales. Our members are committed to delivering the best quality care they can for their patients and clients and improving the health of the people of Wales.The Manifesto sets out the key policies which are of greatest importance to the Royal College of Nursing in Wales at this time.
Nurses know very well the pressure on budgets at this time and fear this pressure will grow stronger. However, there is no substitute for the care of a registered nurse or qualified health care support worker. Providing unsafe care is not acceptable and will not be accepted by our members or the general public.
In addition to the majority of members who believe that protecting safe staffing levels must be the first priority for the next Welsh Government nurses also believe that ensuring dignity and quality in the personal care delivered to patients in their home is essential and nurses, midwives and health care support workers should be valued. Value takes the form of fair pay, protection from violence and access to continuing professional development.
Gaynor Jones, RCN Council Member for Wales and Chair of the RCN Welsh Board, said ‘All frontline nursing staff want time to care for their patients Nurses are ready to work with Local Health Boards and politicians in Wales to ensure the safety of the patient. Nurses are ready for the challenges that the next few years will bring, because they see it as an opportunity for more joint working and innovations in nursing to take shape. As nurses we have to ensure that our voice is strong and that the public are aware that Time to Care is essential to providing safe, dignified care.
”Tina Donnelly, Director, RCN Wales, said ‘We are proud to present our Manifesto for 2016. We have worked hard with our members to identify and develop policy areas that need addressing. We would urge all politicians in Wales irrespective of their party to read our document and take note of its content. By listening to the ideas of nurses and healthcare support workers we will be able to work together to improve the health of the people of Wales and safeguard healthcare services.’