The manifesto was shared with candidates who attended two RCN hustings events in September where candidates were given the opportunity to sign up to the RCN asks and become a Nursing Champion.
The six manifesto asks focus on leadership, careers, terms and conditions, pay parity, future proofing and healthcare regulation.
Patricia Marquis, RCN Regional Director says: “The General Election is a massive opportunity for our members to really challenge the candidates on how they plan to support the nursing profession over the course of their term. Pay is one of several equally important issues, issues that are more than nursing they are issues that will affect each and every person on Guernsey in some way or another.
“The hustings we held were a real eye opener into what some candidates did, or in some cases, didn’t know about nursing. We hope that even more candidates will take the opportunity to speak to members and hear firsthand why nursing matters and why they should commit to become a nursing champion.
“Before COVID-19 hit, members were working with us to drawn up detailed strike plans and were fully intent on walking out at the end of March. The nursing voice is powerful and determined on Guernsey.”
RCN Manifesto in full:
- Leadership. An immediate commitment to recruit and appoint a Chief Nurse, as recommended by the NMC (2014) extraordinary review, as a matter of urgency.
- Careers. The promotion of nursing as an attractive career option through a commitment to adequate funding for nurse education and continuing professional development.
PAY TERMS AND CONDITIONS
- Terms & Conditions review. To review nursing pay terms & conditions using the States commissioned Royles Review (2018) as the basis for discussions in partnership with Trade Unions.
- Pay Parity. Eliminate the current inequity in pay experienced by nurses in comparison to other public sector workers, within a three-year period during the first States’ term of office.
HEALTH AND CARE PROVISION
- Futureproofing. Provision to be made at strategic and operational levels to accommodate the increasing needs for mental health, learning disability, community & elderly care services.
- Healthcare regulation. To ensure high quality safe health and care provision in Guernsey, continue development and implementation of an appropriate regulatory framework as approved by the States in 2019.
The full list of candidates that have signed to become Nursing Champions can be found here: https://www.rcn.org.uk/southeast/get-involved/branches/guernsey