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Speaking Up For Nursing in RCN Eastern

19 Apr 2021

With council and mayoral elections taking place on 6 May, RCN Eastern members are encouraged to engage with local candidates on the issues that matter to nursing.

Our local community relies on its nursing staff – and not just in a pandemic. Your extraordinary work, even during more ordinary times, saves lives and leaves a great legacy on people’s health and wellbeing. In the last year, your work has reversed the outdated stereotypes about nursing. Everybody has seen – day after day – the leadership, skill and dedication of those who choose to work in nursing. You are the largest part of the country’s health workforce – working in hospitals, clinics, in social care, around our local areas, in people’s homes, schools and many other places. And the pandemic has revealed just how much the NHS, social care and other services need to pull together to keep people safe and cared for. 

Your local election candidates need to know about the issues that matter to you - as nursing staff and as local residents. If you get the chance to engage with local candidates, please use this as an opportunity to get your voice heard on issues such as pay, local services and staffing.

We have produced a Speaking Up For Nursing briefing which you can share with candidates or use as part of your conversations about the local elections.

We also continue to encourage you to speak to your local MPs. If you'd like support to meet with your own MP, please get in touch.

Page last updated - 15/10/2021