Mandatory flu vaccination for nursing staff and an “honest debate” about the future of general hospital services will be among the issues debated at this year’s Royal College of Nursing congress.
The RCN has just released details of the agenda for the 2012 congress, which will take place in Harrogate between 13 and 17 May.
Matters for debate tabled so far include whether the “media is a friend or foe of nursing” and whether pre-registration nurses education is “fit for purpose”.
RCN Bedfordshire branch has also brought a resolution calling on congress to “recommend a career in nursing to the next generation” while the Suffolk branch wants the college to “lobby in favour of moves to offer financial incentives to be healthy”.
Last year’s conference was dominated by debate on the government’s health and social care bill, and speculation over whether health secretary Andrew Lansley would address congress about it.
He was heavily criticised for subsequently choosing to speak to a select group of members instead of addressing the full conference.