RCN Council Chair resigns amid election chaos

Her resignation comes amid wide criticism that the union mishandled concerns raised during the presidential election campaigns. 

Matt Bodell
21 August 2020

An election for a new Chair of Council will now take place.

The Royal College of Nursing’s Chair of Council (RCN) has announced her resignation.

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Dee Sissons, Chair of the RCN’s ruling council, has today announced she will stand down from the role of Chair with immediate effect but will maintain her place on Council for the East Midlands.

Her resignation comes amid widespread criticism that the union mishandled concerns raised during the presidential election campaigns.

Members raised concerns after a decision was made by senior union officials to eliminate two presidential candidates for using the College’s social media groups to campaign.

Today #RCNResource has been used on Twitter to highlight issues with the current election rules during a pandemic.

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Honoured to represent members.

Ms. Sissons today wrote to members saying; “It is with great regret that I announce my resignation as Chair of the Royal College of Nursing’s governing Council.

“I have been honoured to represent members, particularly at such a critical time, as we all continue to work through the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I have always maintained a high standard of commitment and dignity in my work and want to thank everyone who has supported me in this role, which has been rewarding and challenging in equal measure.

“My passion for the nursing profession, and desire to remain a champion for the workforce, remain unchanged. Therefore, I will be retaining my East Midlands seat on Council, and look forward to continuing to fight for the changes set out in the Independent Governance Review.

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“An election for a new Chair of Council will now take place.”

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