RCN Scotland calls on election candidates to show support for nurses
College gears up for Scottish elections with a healthcare policy wish-list
RCN Scotland is calling on candidates standing for election to the Scottish parliament later this year to support key nursing issues.
The college has published its own 'election manifesto', a policy wish-list that calls for the role of senior charge nurse to be recognised, respected and properly remunerated.
The RCN wants politicians preparing to stand for the Holyrood parliament in May to champion better pay and conditions for nursing team members.
The manifesto, Nursing Scotland’s future: professional voices; practical solutions, says politicians should attempt to shape health and care for generations, rather than focusing on short-term goals.
The college wants a government-led workforce and skills impact assessment carried out each time a health or social care policy is proposed.
RCN Scotland director Theresa Fyffe said: ‘This manifesto is the voice of our members. They see the pressures on Scotland’s health services day in and day out.
‘Scotland’s next group of MSPs have a difficult job ahead of them, and our members – nurses and healthcare support workers from across Scotland – are ready to work with them.’
Read the manifesto here.