RCN & BMA urge NHS focus in snap general election

RCN & BMA urge NHS focus in snap general election
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The Royal College of Nursing & British Medical Association are urging voters to remember the NHS during Junes general election and not be fixated on Brexit.

Prime Minister Theresa May has announced that there will be a snap general election in the UK on June 8, to “secure the strong and stable leadership the country needs to see us through Brexit and beyond”.

However, British Medical Association (BMA) the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) have both warned that the NHS needs to be a key issue and said voters shouldn’t be fixated on Brexit.

Mark Porter, BMA Council Chair, stressed that, with the NHS “at breaking point”, it must be “a central issue in the upcoming election”, and not “pushed to the margins in the focus on Brexit”.

He went on to warn that “hospitals and GP surgeries are full and social care is on its knees, with staff working under impossible conditions,” and that “crippling funding and staffing shortages” are “undermining the delivery of safe care”. Added to which, there are “serious question marks over the future of thousands of EU citizens who are a vital part of the NHS”.

Janet Davies, Chief Executive and General Secretary of the RCN, said: “Brexit is not the only issue the country faces – we will make sure that NHS and social care are on the ballot paper this June”.

She goes on to explain “The RCN will challenge all parties to give health and care services the funding and staff they need for safe patient care. We will be consulting our members on the RCN’s manifesto and the commitments they want to see from election candidates”.

The RCN is currently embroiled in an ongoing row with the government over the NHSPRB recommendation to extend the 1% pay cap on Agenda for Change staff.