The good, the bad and the ugly of 2017

Nurses need to be applauded for their efforts throughout the year, writes Amanda Burston.

While friends and family will soon be celebrating Christmas and new year, for emergency staff this can be a time of extra stress as we greet the next Santa with a broken ankle or Christmas fairy with lower abdominal pain.

But looking back, 2017 will be remembered for many reasons. Our services have been pushed to the limits, with no break in the 'winter' pressures.

Emergency strategy was truly tested as colleagues responded professionally and promptly to terrorist attacks in Manchester and London.

No clarification over amount

The controversial 1% pay freeze continued to be debated, especially in Liverpool when RCN members gathered for an inspiring congress. Health secretary Jeremy Hunt said the cap would be scrapped so next April nurses could at last see a pay increase, although the amount remains to be seen.

The government also made


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