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Readers’ panel: Does the government’s weakened position present opportunity or risk for nurses and the NHS?

Following the general election result, health unions and organisations are calling for the NHS to be made a priority, demanding that Brexit does not get in the way. Nursing Standard readers have their say.
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Following the general election result, health unions and organisations are calling for the NHS to be made a priority, demanding that Brexit does not get in the way. Nursing Standard readers have their say

Drew Payne is a community staff nurse in north London @drew_london

The NHS is low on the priority list for prime minister Theresa May, but her government is in trouble, and we must take advantage of this by putting pressure on all politicians. No support was announced for the NHS in the Queens Speech, but Theresa May has shown she can be easily embarrassed into a U-turn. The NHS does not have time to wait. Lets make this an uncomfortable summer for the prime minister until she finally acts to save it.

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Following the general election result, health unions and organisations are calling for the NHS to be made a priority, demanding that Brexit does not get in the way. Nursing Standard readers have their say

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Health unions want to shift the government’s focus to the NHS.
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Drew Payne is a community staff nurse in north London 
@drew_london 

The NHS is low on the priority list for prime minister Theresa May, but her government is in trouble, and we must take advantage of this by putting pressure on all politicians. No support was announced for the NHS in the Queen’s Speech, but Theresa May has shown she can be easily embarrassed into a U-turn. The NHS does not have time to wait. Let’s make this an uncomfortable summer for the prime minister until she finally acts to save it. 

 

Pete Hawkins is a staff nurse in an emergency department in Bristol 

Recent horrific events have put the crucial work of NHS nursing staff in the spotlight. This provides us with a strong moral platform from which to voice our disgust at the ongoing pay freeze, which is occurring against a backdrop of austerity and increased demand. But as Brexit was the issue on which the Conservatives’ campaign was based, I can see the government remaining wholly focused on it, and fear the degradation of the NHS will sadly continue. 

 

Liz Charalambous is a staff nurse in Nottingham 
@lizcharalambou 

A weakened government has created a leadership vacuum, which could lead to disaster for the NHS. The Conservative party’s track record shows nurses, healthcare workers and free NHS health care are not their priority, and with a neoliberal infrastructure and Brexit dominating the agenda, I fear the end of the NHS. We need an urgent change in political direction to turn risk into opportunity and save our NHS. But I fear this is one U-turn Theresa May will not make. 

 

Stephanie Cumming is a practice nurse and trainee advanced nurse practitioner in Warwickshire

With calls for more funding, better pay and safe staffing levels falling on deaf ears for many years, it would be naïve to think anything will change with a new government still consisting of Conservative MPs. While the NHS continues to haemorrhage nurses, with many resorting to using food banks or payday loans, we must continue to make our voices heard and fight for what nurses and the NHS need at this time of uncertainty. 


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