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RCN calls on nurses to join election debate

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The Royal College of Nursing is encouraging the profession to join the debate on the next government’s health polices via a special 2010 general election campaign website.

The interactive website allows nurses to read about the RCN’s election priorities, share ideas with colleagues and “tweet” their support using the social networking system Twitter. Nurses can also upload photographs and blogs about the election.

“I encourage all nurses to get involved, be active and join us online to help shape the future health landscape,” said RCN chief executive and general secretary Peter Carter.

As part of its election manifesto to politicians, the RCN is calling for parties to: stand up for staff who speak out, provide safer staffing levels, give nurses the time to train, protect the nation’s health, improve care for those with long term conditions and sustain healthcare investment.

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    I am a registered nurse and have been working now for nine years. There are reliable sources that David Cameron is planning a mass redundancy or lay off of nurses, doctors and managers if elected as prime minister so as to cut the deficit he is claiming to reduce. For this reason I fear for my job and the patients I care for.
    This was also confirmed last night Sunday 25/04/10 at 10.30pm on sky news evening papers review by Kelvin Mackenzi of the Sun Newspaper backing David Cameron conned party when he said that he cannot see why some private sector jobs are lost and sees that public service jobs must also go including nurses, doctors and others under David Cameron.
    This statement to me sounded like the works of a sinister. Remember that George Osborne during the last conned party conference had warned the British people about austerity measures he will implement in the public sector if the conned party get to power.
    There is evidence that Gordon Brown and the Labour party has built a solid NHS since labour came to power in 1997. Before 1997 the NHS under John Major, Thatcher was a laughing stoke in Europe and left the NHS in a sorry state, but after listening to C-Span the American television channel a few months ago on Sunday, an American diplomat said how he envied the NHS today. There was also an independent report produced a few weeks ago saying that the NHS had improved immensely under the labour government. In other words I am among the 80,000 nurses the Labour party have trained and recruited a record number since 1997.
    I see this country heading down the drain with an in-experience risky David Cameron and his conned party. I support Nick Clegg comments when he said that this country will suffer the Greece way with public demonstrations on the streets if British families will be forced to go through mental torture or accept what they do not want.
    This is not scare mongering and irresponsibility as some of the media had suggested who are backing David Cameron.
    It is a disgrace that some news papers even intoxicate the British public with less objective journalism when they even give a false image that the NHS can be safe under David Cameron who is in experience and has never been tasted.
    Under David Cameron I predict that nurses, doctors, carers, and all health professionals will go on the streets after the AUSTERITY policies, measures which will be implemented by David Cameron if he was elected. The danger is that patients will die in hospitals and the country will be grounded. I see this coming. I have carefully read and heard David Cameron and his conned policies, about cuts in the public sector and these are worrying. The conned party has not changed.
    When Gordon Brown was chancellor the economy was in good shape until the world economy crises stepped in. He is dealing with it the right way as we are out of recession to growth. A few weeks ago I saw the gigantic beautiful NHS building the Prime Minister visited in Birmingham as there are hundreds of such great similar buildings built by the Labour government in the country.
    This is money well spent, for a visitor who comes into the country will have a good taste of the complexes if he is in hospital. I have worked in three different NHS trust in the country and two of those trust had the Victorian type shattered buildings the Tories left behind. My message to all nurses, doctors, managers, and the British public is that please stop David Cameron and the conned party from destroying our NHS, do not let this happen, remember the NHS of the 80s and the early 90s under the conservative party. Finally I will not bite the finger that feeds me. I will say no to David Cameron on MAY the 6th the voting day. David Cameron you are risky to our NHS and the economy in general.

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