The RCN has said that nursing is about people and no matter how far away they may be.
British nurses have declared support for their overseas colleagues working in Afghanistan.
A statement of solidarity was released by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) late last night after the Taliban took the Afghanistan capital Kabul by force over the weekend.
While there have been no recent publically known cases of violence against healthcare workers in the country, the College says the international nursing community must now support their colleagues in the country.
The College reiterated; “nursing is about people and no matter how far away they may be”.
The statement reads; “The devastating situation in Afghanistan continues to leave the world in great distress and asking what more we and our political leaders can do.
“Those working in nursing in the UK are thinking about colleagues doing similar work in unimaginably different circumstances. Health workers in Afghanistan have already faced a great number of challenges in recent years, including incredible shortages of healthcare workers and deliberate acts of violence. We expect the international community to stand with nurses in Afghanistan now, and the communities they serve too.
“The RCN is committed to recognising and supporting nursing professionals internationally in their pursuit of safety, staffing, working conditions and development.
“As a country, we must not shy away from our international humanitarian obligations. As a profession, nursing is about people and no matter how far away they may be from our shores we are compelled to act.”
Female healthcare workers.
The RCN’s Feminist Network and We Are Global Nurses went on to raise concerns about the treatment of women and girls.
In a statement they added; “We call for the protection and support of this workforce as they continue to undertake their essential role.
“As Nurses and Nursing Staff it is our responsibility to speak out about human rights and we are deeply concerned about the risks the current political situation poses to some of the citizens of Afghanistan especially women and girls.
“We urge all UK Nursing Organisations to speak up for the people of Afghanistan to have equal human rights, access to safe healthcare services and education. “