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Cross-party MPs back RCN specialist nursing campaign

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Specialist nursing provision for long-term conditions is being backed by MPs from all the main political parties following an RCN campaign.

Specialist nursing is one of the six health priorities for the next government, according to the RCN, and almost 60 MPs signed a proposal for debate on it.

The focus on specialist nursing forms part of the RCN’s “Nursing counts” campaign, which encourages nurses and members of the public to add their voices to the debate around the next government’s health policies in advance of the general election.

Since the campaign website launched five weeks ago, almost 20,000 people have signed up to pledge their support to the RCN’s six election priorities. There have also been 17,000 letters sent to party leaders in support of the RCN’s priorities. 

RCN England’s director Tom Sandford said: “We are delighted that so many people, from members of the public to members of parliament, have shown their support for the Nursing Counts campaign. With around 1,800 nurses and healthcare assistants in each constituency, there’s no doubt that nursing counts. We encourage everybody to join our online campaign to make sure the priorities for health are heard loud and clear.”

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  • Martin Gray

    This is one area that nurses can really make a difference, and will have the opportunity to become nurse consultants. Such an oportunity will appeal to many nurses, particularly those working in large surgeries or Darzi centres, and will give them the impetus to undertake further training if there is a career goal to be achieved.

    Nurses do already run most, if not all,of the specialist clinics in primary care. With diseases like obesity, diabets, asthma, COPD and coronary health we should push to have these taken over by suitably qualified nurses, thus freeing more time up for GPs to see patients.

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