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What do you want the new prime minister to do for nurses?

We need your views on what actions they should take to benefit the profession 

We need your views on what actions they should take to benefit the profession 


Candidates for UK prime minister Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson. Photo: Alamy

The UK will have a new prime minister in less than a week, but what will their appointment mean for you as a nurse?

Either Jeremy Hunt or Boris Johnson is expected to be declared prime minister on July 23.

So far, both candidates have been quiet on whether they plan to make the UK’s nurses feel valued, or how the profession might be strengthened under their leadership.

Shining a light on nursing

What are the key nursing priorities they should be tackling? Safe staffing? Better pay? Protected training time? Reinstating the student bursary in England?

Nursing Standard wants to hear your views for a proposal we will take to the country’s new leader.

Have your say on social media via Twitter @NurseStandard or our Nursing Standard Facebook page, or send an email to news@rcni.com

What should be the next prime minister’s priorities?

Staffing

The RCN is currently campaigning for the secretary of state for health and social care to be held legally accountable for staffing levels in England. There are an estimated 40,000 nurse vacancies in England, but it could take years to fill those vacancies through training. What should the new prime minister do in the interim?  

Pay

What do you think the new prime minister’s stance on pay should be?

Education

In 2016, a total of 51,840 students applied for UK nursing degrees in England, when the bursary was still in place. Applications for 2019 stand at 36,810, a drop of 29%. Should the bursary be brought back?  

Northern Ireland

Nurses in Northern Ireland earn less than their colleagues across the rest of the UK. Voting for industrial action could take place if pay talks with the government fail. What should the new prime minister do to address possible industrial action?

Something else?

Is there an issue affecting the profession that you think the new prime minister needs to focus on? Let us know by commenting below, or on social media via Twitter @NurseStandard or our Nursing Standard Facebook page, or send an email to news@rcni.com

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