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RCN calls on Lords to reject 'privatisation'

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The Royal College of Nursing has called on the House of Lords to reject new rules on competition in the NHS being proposed by the government.

The House of Lords is due to debate the section 75 regulations to the Health and Social Care Act this evening. An emergency resolution was tabled at RCN Congress earlier today calling on the House of Lords to reject the rules which it is feared could require all services to be put out to tender when they are recommissioned.

One delegate said the passing of the regulations would lead to the “privatisation” of the NHS.

The resolution was passed without debate with 98.4% of the 500 members present voted in favour.

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  • I sometimes just don't get on why we have layers of managers who actually are not hands on when the unit is about to sink instead will blame junior staff for lacking time management. One problematic patient can eat up your time assessing, monitoring, safety issues, expediting Doctors orders, explaining to family members, contacts with social services, transport, occupational or physical therapy arrangement and the list is endless and miss one vital need your neck will be on the managers guilotine. The problem with the NHS is that its eaten by private providers, under staffed and over managed. reduced the private firms, hire more frontline staff, nurses, nursing aides, domestic staff, kitchen and portering staff instead of relying to agencies and one centralised management system where each ward matron is accountable not layers of management bollocks. Reduce management to a minimum and more staff nurses you will see the promise land of the NHS.

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  • why would lords vote against this regulation...they have interest in private medical companies,,call me cynical!!

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