Francis report: RCN labelled 'ineffective'
Robert Francis QC has described the Royal College of Nursing as “ineffective” both as a professional organisation and as a trade union, and it should consider separating its two roles.
In his landmark public inquiry report on the scandal at Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust, Mr Francis said of the RCN: “Little was done to uphold professional standards among nursing staff or to address concerns and problems faced by its members.”
He said the “prime reason” for the RCN’s failure was the lack of effective representation from officers on site at Stafford and the support available to them from the regional and national level.
Mr Francis concluded: “It appears there is a concerning potential for conflict between the RCNs professional role of promoting high standards in nursing, and its union role of negotiating terms and conditions and defending members’ material and other narrow interests.”