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Carter and Lansley in row over RCN support for bill


The Royal College of Nursing and health secretary Andrew Lansley entered a fresh war of words over the health bill this week.

Speaking on BBC 2’s Newsnight programme on Wednesday, Mr Lansley accused RCN chief executive and general secretary Peter Carter of having sat in his office “on more than one occasion” last year and said “we support the bill”.

He claimed the college had withdrawn its support for the bill in January because it was “angry with the government” over other issues such as pay and pensions.

This prompted Mr Carter to issue a statement on Thursday in which he said that “contrary to the secretary of state’s claims” the RCN “never actively supported” the bill.  

“We initially welcomed underlying principles behind the bill, however, the proposals will not deliver on those principles originally set out,” he said. “This is not an issue about pay or pensions – it’s about genuine, honestly held concerns about the quality of patient care and where the health service is headed.”


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  • Little One | 4-Mar-2012 7:21 pm
    Anonymous | 4-Mar-2012 8:14 pm

    sorry Little One i did not mean to put just younger nurses, i have found it amongst all age groups.

    It might be that the younger nurses do not realise though the impact of 25 years nursing and the toll it will take on our bodies. As one nurse said to me the other day 'when i was in my forties i never realised i would feel this bad in my 50's'. I think it eventually catches up with all of us, the shifts, the irregular meals, lack of breaks, leaving late, moving and handling, constant stress. It all takes its toll eventually. What would a government understand of what it really means to be a hard working nurse when the majority of them have been so pampered as far as the perks of their jobs are concerned. What perks do nurses have apart from their tin plated pensions and wrecked bodies.

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  • RCN passes vote of 'no confidence' in Lansley and reforms

    13 April, 2011 | By David Williams, Simon Lewis

    This was April 2011.
    Lansley 'liar, liar pants on fire' Just a part of Lansleys devious game to discredit nurses and make them even more pessimistic about the fight we have to win. If we lose now then it's over and the fat lady has sung.

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  • if david cameron backs Gay Marraiges and lansley and his bill for the nhs help !!!!!!!!

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  • I drop dead if you tell me Cam and Lan are now for Gay Marriage! who ever would have thought it!

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  • Are you sure?

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  • Lying, manipulating Lansley; we can see through you.

    And as for older nurses sitting back and being apathetic, I can't see a lot of the nurses who are in their 20's now, still doing the job when they are like me in their 40's. I'm not apathetic or lazy, and work very hard on a busy ward thank you.

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