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RCN calls for nurse views on priorities for EU policy

The Royal College of Nursing is asking its members to identify their key priorities for the upcoming European elections to be held in 2014.

The union said feedback from its survey would help influence the RCN’s European election manifesto, which will outline a range of issues on improving patient care and supporting nursing staff in their work.

In a statement, the RCN highlighted that the European Parliament was responsible for many employment, public health, and equality issues that affect nursing staff.

“We will ask candidates standing for election to the European Parliament to support our proposals,” the RCN said.

Earlier this year the RCN welcomed the implementation of a new EU directive designed to protect staff from needlestick injuries, which it had campaigned on since its 2009 manifesto.

The college said that a focus group of members in September had highlighted a number of key issues for potential inclusion in the 2014 manifesto. These included the promotion of healthier lifestyles, reducing health inequalities and combating the stigma associated with mental ill health.

Howard Catton, RCN head of policy and international, said: “The next European Parliament elections will be held on 22 May 2014.

“The European Parliament impacts on the whole nursing workforce. Members’ responses will directly shape the content of our manifesto, which will be launched early next year,” he added.

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