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The RCN represents almost 400,000 nurses in the UK and is the country's largest nursing union.

Monday, 1 February 2010

Politics counts, votes count, nursing counts.

The next General Election is going to matter; not just to your working life as a nurse but also to the lives of your patients. The coming months will see politicians of all parties set out their vision for the care of future generations.

Whatever happens over the next few weeks, the nursing voice must be heard. It's becoming clearer and clearer that after this election, in this new decade; fundamental decisions about the future of healthcare will be taken.

With an average of over 1,800 nurses and healthcare assistants living and voting in each constituency, parliamentary candidates and political parties know that the nursing family is one they cannot afford to ignore.

Whether or not you have a politician knocking on your door, it is up to us as nurses to make our voices heard in the debates over the future of the health service.

To recognise the sheer importance of this election, we have launched our ‘Nursing counts' campaign and with it, this exciting new website. From this site you'll be able to sign up to our manifesto pledges, send them on to friends and family, upload photos, watch our latest films and interact with Twitter and Facebook.

Nurses represent one of the largest and most significant voting blocs in the UK, if we use our voice to stand up for quality care, for sustained investment and for the bright future that we know patients deserve, we will make a difference.

Politics counts, votes count, nursing counts.

Get active now, visit www.rcn.org.uk/generalelection

1 comment:

  1. Dr Carter. Health is a devolved matter and there is no such thing as a UK NHS.
    Our understanding is that the manifestos being prepared for the imminent UK General Election will only concern themselves with English health matters.
    In Scotland the Scottish Government is responsible for health and as a result Scottish health matters will be dealt with in the Scottish parties manifestos for the 2011 Holyrood elections!
    Similarly for Wales!
    Therefore to write to David Cameron, Gordon Brown and Nick Clegg on anything other than English matters is a waste of time
    Lesley is RN.Dip.H'ed (retired)