It would be reasonable to expect a few dissenting voices to an announcement like this but unanimous? It really does show how unsupported and scapegoated we feel. We expect to be regulated by our regulatory body but where is the balance?
I sincerely hope that members of the NMC read these columns and notice how many nurses decide to remain anonymous. It seems we daren't even express our opinions openly.
When I joined nursing in 1994, the government gave funds to GPs for them to manage themselves. They were called GP fundholders. They soon banded together into Primary Care Groups to save costs and concentrate managerial expertise. These groups grew into Primary Care Trusts; much bigger organisations that came to have often controversial managerial 'expertise'. We had what came to be called a post code lottery because different trusts had different priorities. Sadly, it didn't work and these PCTs are being abolished. Can anyone tell me why the current move is not an incredibly expensive re-enactment of this big mistake?
The idea of this pledge is a complete and utter insult, especially given who has proposed it and I would give up my registration rather than sign it.