Labour leader Ed Miliband has urged nurses to speak out about what is happening where they work, and hold the government to account for the impact of its controversial NHS reforms.
Addressing the RCN Annual Congress, Mr Miliband (pictured) announced the launch of NHS Check: a website designed to highlight the problems caused by the government's shake-up of the national health service. He encouraged nurses to contribute.
In a well-received speech, the Labour leader said it was 'stubbornness and ideology' that had seen the reforms pushed through.
'The government have acted like they are the masters, not the servant of the NHS. They are not the masters - not this government; not any government,' he said. 'The British people own the NHS - and no government should forget it.'
Mr Miliband's speech came after health secretary Andrew Lansley had been branded a liar by some delegates at the conference.
The NHS Check website can be accessed at www.yournhs.com.