Health minister Ann Keen has defended the pledge that nurses will be asked to take following the report of the Prime Minister’s Commission on the Future of Nursing and Midwifery in England.
Nurses and midwives will be required to sign up to the six-point pledge that includes a promise to take responsibility for the “quality of care, service and outcomes for every service user in their care”.
Speaking to Nursing Times at 10 Downing Street, at the launch of the commission’s report, Ms Keen, who chaired the commission, promised that the pledge would not isolate nurses.
“Nurses will be taking responsibility, but they won’t be taking it alone”, she said.
“Employers and boards will also be expected to live up to their side of the bargain and pledging to take responsibility for the quality of care with us”.
Chief Nursing Officer Dame Christine Beasley also backed the pledge, telling Nursing Times: “We are a big workforce and nurses are often how people experience their care in the NHS. Nurses are the touchstone in many ways, but we will need to be backed up, up to board level.”
Patients Association director Katherine Murphy said: “Whilst the pledge is a good first step, ensuring every nurse and midwife lives up to it, and more importantly, is allowed to live up to it, is the only outcome patients are interested in”.