The head of the Royal College of Nursing has urged members to think more “strategically” after they held a show of hands “no confidence” vote in health secretary Jeremy Hunt.
An RCN member proposed a no confidence vote in the health secretary at the RCN Congress this afternoon, following a debate held in response to Mr Hunt’s criticism of the RCN.
Almost all hands in the hall went up when asked if they had lost confidence in Mr Hunt. Few said they still had confidence while the remainder actively abstained.
Chief executive and general secretary Peter Carter said he shared concerns at Mr Hunt’s response to the RCN’s “genuinely held concerns” about government policy but urged members to be more considered in their response.
He said: “We need a more measured discussion, not because I’m going wobbly on this, [but because] we need to think a little bit more strategically at this moment in time.”
Former RCN president Moira Buchanan also criticised the vote.
She said: “I don’t think we should be so stupid as to have a vote like that in the middle of that emotion.”