This site is intended for healthcare professionals only

General election 2017: 'Nursing counts' in RCN manifesto

Written by: | Published:

The RCN's manifesto calls on all parties The RCN's manifesto calls on all parties

All political parties must remember that ‘nursing counts’ as the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) publishes its manifesto for the coming general election.

With party manifestos due in the coming weeks, the RCN has published its own independent manifesto which calls on candidates across the political spectrum to pledge support to ‘improving patient care, valuing nursing and investing in health and social care’.

Read more: 'Invest in the NHS': Nurses prepare for shock election

Immediately following Theresa May’s announcement that a snap election will take plan on 8 June, several nursing and medical organisations made similar calls to all parties to ‘invest in the NHS’. Nursing Counts is the RCN’s comprehensive follow-up to their initial statement.

Chief executive Janet Davies said: ‘The last thing public services need are sums that do not add up and irresponsible politicians offering ‘cheques in the post’. Slogans on buses and un-costed wish-lists let patients down and they must avoid the temptation.'

Read more: PM blames 'complex reasons' for nurses using food banks

Nursing Counts divides its three key concerns into nine points of action for parties to focus on.

Improve patient care:

  • Safe and effective staffing
  • Access to specialist nursing services
  • Regulation of healthcare support workers

Value nursing:

  • Fair pay
  • Guaranteed right to remain for EU nursing staff
  • Prevent downbanding and substitution

Read more: 'We cannot afford to lose them': Government called to keep on EU nurses

Invest in health and social care:

  • Investment in services
  • Put quality of care at the heart of health and care services
  • Protect and grow the workforce

‘The party leaders must put patients before politics this election by either committing the hard cash and numbers of staff the NHS needs or being honest with patients about what can be done. They deserve more than sticking plasters and warm words,’ Ms Davies said.

‘Nurses should not have to fund the NHS deficit from their own pay packets. After the election, for the sake of patient safety, the Government must scrap the pay cap and fill the tens of thousands of vacant jobs.’

The Nursing Counts web page also features a calculator which tells nurses what they ‘should’ be earning based on their current annual salary and taking into account how nursing pay has stalled against inflation.

Read more: Thousands of nurses take part in poll on possible strikes

It will also soon feature resources which will allow RCN members to support the manifesto.

What do you think? Leave a comment below or tweet your views to @IndyNurseMag

This material is protected by MA Healthcare Ltd copyright.
See Terms and Conditions.



Please view our Terms and Conditions before leaving a comment.

Change the CAPTCHA codeSpeak the CAPTCHA code

Read a free issue from Practice Nursing

Register to read a free issue from our sister publication, Practice Nursing.

Including articles on asthma, diabetes and more. Read your copy.


Sign up to the newsletter


Independent Nurse is the professional resource for primary care and community nurses, providing clinical articles for practice nurses and prescribers.


Subscribe to our newsletter and stay up to date with the latest nursing news.

Stay Connected

Stay social with Independent Nurse by following us on Twitter, liking us on Facebook or connecting on LinkedIn.


Need access to some of our older articles? You can view our archive, or alternatively contact us.

Contact Us

MA Healthcare Ltd.
St Jude's Church, Dulwich Road
London, SE24 0PB

Tel: +44 (0)20 7738 5454
Registered in England and Wales No. 01878373

Meet the team


Find out how to contribute to Independent Nurse here.