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Janet Davies: it is time to get political and use your vote in the general election

The RCN’s general election manifesto is calling on all political parties to value nursing and healthcare, but nurses have a part to play too, says RCN chief executive Janet Davies. 
Janet Davies

The RCN’s general election manifesto is calling on all political parties to value nursing and healthcare, but nurses have a part to play too, says RCN chief executive Janet Davies.

The result of the general election on June 8 will affect patients and the nursing teams who care for them. Their votes will help determine which party is in charge of the NHS – and the country.

The next government has a huge task on its hands. Demand on health services has never been higher, the social care sector is unable to provide the services required, and we know that ongoing pay restraint is severely affecting our members.

Uncertain future

Staff shortages are also contributing to low morale, and the workforce is facing an uncertain future as it struggles to recruit and retain nurses.

That is why the

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