As campaigning for December’s general election gets underway, the College says the lack of detail from all major parties on how they will tackle the issues facing nursing and the wider health care system has been disappointing.
RCN Chief Executive & General Secretary Dame Donna Kinnair said: “The election might have officially begun today but nursing staff have been unable to move for politicians and selfie sticks for over a week. With today’s level of uncertainty in politics, the debate to date has been deeply unambitious – a dearth of ideas and a palpable sense of inertia.
“Nurses and patients have heard that increased funding for their services might hinge on leaving or remaining in Europe; been treated to little more than radio silence from some; or heard policy mutterings that lack clarity and ambition.
“Politicians have already been warned not to use the NHS as a political football. But if they want to play on our pitch, then politicians need to step up and produce credible policies that will deliver for nursing and patients. Crises facing the profession and services undoubtedly require political solutions.”
Dame Donna added: “Any party leader or would-be MP knows our door is open. If you want to meet with members – as people, not props – and hear their concerns and solutions, this offer is open to every one of you.”
The RCN will be publishing its UK manifesto on Friday which outlines what the College wants to see from political parties during the election and in government.