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RCN Congress 2013 LIVE

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Keep up to date with all the news from congress as it happens.

14:00 - Calls to reduce the £100m “wasted” on trainee nurses who drop out before their course is over by requiring applicants to have some care experience have been rejected by the Royal College of Nursing

12:00 - Almost 100% of voting members at the Royal College of Nursing Congress have backed a resolution calling for national guidelines on restraint of patients

13:00 - Student nurse, Molly, reads out her poem ‘Nursing the Nation’.


nursing the nation

10:09 - Members of the Royal College of Nursing have called for more training and education in end of life care for health professionals in light of the ongoing controversy surrounding the Liverpool Care Pathway.

10:00 - Senoir nurses at Congress have warned of rising pressure in accident and emergency departments across the UK leading to patients queuing on trolleys in corridors for hours and getting “lost” in hospitals due to repeated moves

09:30 - Third day of RCN Congress 2013 begins

17:00 - RCN extraordinary general meeting on leaving the International Council of Nurses



15.30 - The motion - who should support our patients to eat and drink. It is contended that if volunteers are going to help with mealtimes, they should get the same training as staff and know when to stop and when to carry on and how to identify choking hazards.

14.46: District nurse Kate McCandlish blogs that the ‘RCN Congress really makes you feel part of something big

14.38: Congress praises NHS Direct nurses who stepped into the breach following the disastrous launch of NHS 111 despite facing redundancy.

12.20: Standing ovation for GB Paralympics chief nurse Austin Thomas


Paralympics GB lead nurse Austin Thomas addresses RCN Congress

12:00 Take a look at this week’s RCN Congress 2013 in pictures so far

10:32 - The government and local councils should “protect and promote” referral and access to alcohol advice and support services, according to Congress

10.20 - Nurses called for better regulation of both the profession and healthcare support workers in a debate yesterday at the Royal College of Nursing’s annual congress

10:00 - A call for rotational posts to be made compulsory for newly-qualified nurses has been rejected in a vote at the Royal College of Nursing’s annual conference.


09:10 - Second day of RCN Congress 2013 begins

17:00 - Overwhelming majority of congress vote not to split roles of RCN.


15:50 - RCN ‘let down’ by the government over staffing - The Francis report was a “missed opportunity” to address nurse staffing levels, the head of the Royal College of Nursing has told congress.

15:15 - RCN president defends lack of minister at congress.


15:10 - Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has hit back at the RCN’s criticism of the Government today and said the union has “very serious” questions to answer over its conduct as the Mid Staffs scandal developed.

In a Sky News interview Mr Hunt added: “Let me say this, I think the Royal College of Nursing have got to be very, very careful. They missed what happened at Mid Staffs. The Francis report levelled some very serious criticisms about it. It said that they basically allowed their trade union responsibilities to trump their responsibilities as a royal college to raise professional standards and that they have a conflict of interest.

“I think that before they start criticising the Government for accepting recommendations that are going to improve compassionate care throughout the NHS, they need to answer those very, very serious criticisms themselves.”

Robert Francis QC criticised the RCN for being “ineffective” and suggested the union consider splitting its professional college and union responsibilities.


15:00 - RCN states that the public doesn’t grasp contribution of community nursing.

15:00 - Andrea Spyropoulos, RCN president, says nurses need to be “less humble”.

14:45 - Congress delegates vote on whether first year nurses should be subject to “compulsory rotation”. 83.49% vote against compulsory rotational posts, with 16.51% voting for.


14:20 - Nursing “must show the public it cares” following the spate of negative media reports about the profession in recent years, the Royal College of Nursing’s annual congress heard this morning

12:30 - Peter Carter recieves a standing ovation as he leaves the stage after putting forward the argument that nurses are forced to work in a system that prevents them giving “gold standard care”.





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