Royal College of Nursing responds to appointment of new Prime Minister
Responding to the appointment of the new Prime Minister today, RCN Chief Executive and General Secretary Dame Donna Kinnair said:
"Never in recent history has a Prime Minister entered office with pressure so great in health and care services. A growing number of jobs left unfilled has contributed to a crisis in social care, huge pressure on accident and emergency departments, a healthcare desert in rural areas and longer waiting lists across the board, from hospitals to GP appointments. It’s patients and nursing staff who have to cope with the consequences of these problems. They will be desperate for a signal that things will improve.
“The new Prime Minister has much to gain in tackling these issues with urgency. Real investment in nurse education and a new legal duty to deliver safe and effective staffing across health and care settings would pay dividends in terms of improved health outcomes from cancer to childhood obesity, and ultimately a more productive economy.”