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RCN Congress 2014

Jane Cummings

CNO backs readiness of new transparency initiative on staffing levelsSubscription

The chief nursing officer for England claims her team is doing more to improve staffing levels than has ever been done before.


Nurses 'tired of being treated with contempt by politicians', warns RCN presidentSubscription

Nurses need to “use the power of the ballot box and the vote, and not their feet” to make their voices heard, according to the Royal College of Nursing’s president.

Robert Francis QC

Francis says nursing lacks 'unified voice' that ministers cannot ignoreSubscription

Nurses have the power to “transform” care in failing healthcare organisations but the nursing profession itself lacks a “unified voice” to challenge the government, according to Sir Robert Francis.   

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RCN rejects introduction of charges for GP consultationsSubscription

Millions of patients would die if charges were introduced for GP visits, according to members of the Royal College of Nursing.


RCN leader asked to justify lack of minister at congressSubscription

The chief executive of the Royal College of Nursing has defended his decision not to invite a minister to speak at this year’s congress, after suggestions it may have been a “tactical blunder”.

Sam Wallace

Charity music video launched to promote 6Cs of nursingVideoSubscription

A video of the “Care Makers song” featuring the 6Cs and a host of nursing VIPs, including chief nursing officer for England Jane Cummings, was shown live for the first time on the NHS Employers stand at lunchtime.


NMC hopes revalidation will fix 'weaknesses' in current systemSubscription

The Nursing and Midwifery Council has admitted that it has “weaknesses” in its current system of checking if nurses should stay on the register and says that the revalidation process is an opportunity for it to improve.

Roy Lilley

NHS chief execs should 'beg' nursing staff to raise concernsSubscription

NHS chief executives should crawl “on bended knee from one side of their hospital to the other” to beg staff to raise concerns, according to a leading health policy commentator.

Helen Donnelly

Tougher rules on staffing still needed, warns whistleblowerVideoSubscription

A leading nurse whistleblower has questioned the robustness and effectiveness of new measures to improve transparency on nurse staffing levels.

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District nurses are 'facing extinction', warns RCNSubscription

District nurses are “critically endangered” and face extinction by the end of 2025 if urgent investment is not made, the Royal College of Nursing has warned.


A&E units 'hampered' by lack of properly trained nursesSubscription

Accident and emergency nursing is in a “sorry state”, the Royal College of Nursing has warned, with better workforce planning and education a necessity.

RCN Congress 2014

RCN leader urges members to 'think carefully' before striking over payVideoSubscription

The leader of the Royal College of Nursing has used a keynote speech to the union’s annual conference to steer members away from strike action over pay.

Money pay coins

Nurses' pay floundering in wake of rises for NHS execs, warns RCNVideoSubscription

The amount of money the NHS spends on paying its senior managers has accelerated way ahead of that for nursing and midwifery staff, research by the Royal College of Nursing has found. 

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Call to support 'silent generation' of older people with HIVSubscription

Nurses are calling for more support for a “silent generation” of older patients with HIV at risk of being let down by the health service.