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UKIP manifesto restates commitment to return of enrolled nurses


The UK Independence Party has confirmed it would bring back enrolled nurses in order to “put care and compassion back at the heart of nursing” in its election manifesto launched today.

The party pledged to fund 20,000 more nurses and 3,000 more midwives, investing in both training and return to practice schemes.

Overall, it promised to put £12bn into the NHS over the next five years and said the cash would be spent on “frontline patient care”.

In the manifesto document, which claims “Britain’s best-loved institution is in crisis”, UKIP highlighted a “chronic shortage of doctors nurse and midwives”.

“Not only will UKIP fund the training of nurses and midwives, we will also fund return to practice training for those have taken career breaks,” it said. “Because we believe nursing starts and ends on the ward, we will bring back the state enrolled nurse and put care and compassion back at the heart of nursing.”

The pledge on enrolled nurses confirms an earlier announcement made by UKIP health spokeswoman Louise Bours in February.

The party has also proposed radical changes to healthcare regulation, promising to scrap Monitor and the Care Quality Commission and put the task of inspecting healthcare services into the hands of county health boards.

These boards would be made up of “health and social care professionals elected locally by their peers” and “would have the power to inspect health services, conduct snap inspections and take evidence from whistleblowers”, it said.

UKIP also wants NHS managers to be subject to the same kind of professional regulation as nurses and doctors.

“We think NHS managers should be subject to disciplinary oversight in the same way as doctors and nurses who are regulated by the General Medical Council and Nursing and Midwifery Council,” said the party manifesto, which promised a new “licence to manage”.

This would help “prevent incompetent, negligent or bullying managers being moved sideways or re-employed by the NHS as external consultants”, it stated.

Other UKIP policies on the NHS include measures to alleviate pressure on hard-pressed accident and emergency departments by funding more consultants and trialling putting GPs on duty in A&E seven days a week.

“We will bring back the state enrolled nurse and put care and compassion back at the heart of nursing”

UKIP manifesto

UKIP has also promised to scrap hospital parking charges for patients and visitors at English hospitals.

In primary care, the party said it would train and employ 8,000 more GPs and reduce data collection tasks and bureaucracy to free up time for more direct work with patients.

The party has also said it would increase mental health funding by £170m annually – to be phased in during the first two years of the next parliament.

Among its promises on mental health, it pledged to “end the postcode lottery for psychiatric liaison services in acute hospitals and A&E”.

“Patients experiencing distress or exhibiting mental ill-health issues when admitted to hospital should have both their physical health and mental wellbeing assessed,” said the manifesto. “This must not just be an optional extra.”

UKIP election pledges on health:

  • Extra £3bn a year into the NHS in England
  • 20,000 more nurses and 3,000 more midwives
  • Train and employ 8,000 more GPs
  • Bring back State Enrolled Nurse
  • Improve working conditions for UK-trained emergency medicine consultants to stop them leaving to work abroad
  • Fund more emergency medicine consultants to tackle shortages
  • Pilot GPs in A&E departments seven days a week to ease burdens on emergency care teams
  • Scrap hospital parking charges in England
  • Increase mental health funding by £170m annually
  • Scrap Monitor and the Care Quality Commission
  • Inspections of healthcare services to be carried out by county health boards made up of health and social care professionals
  • New “licence to manage” for NHS managers
  • End the use of Private Finance Initiatives in the NHS
  • Ensure the NHS is excluded from the Transatlantic Trade Partnership
  • Stop so-called “health tourism” and insist migrants and visitors to the UK have approved medical insurance

Find out which party has pledged what about nursing and the NHS on the Nursing Timesspecial 2015 election web page




Readers' comments (8)

  • At least they are being honest about bringing back ENs. The other parties are trying to do this by the back door!

    Where will they get all the new nurses, midwives and doctors if they stop immigration!

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  • oh dear! every SEN I ever worked with said they wanted to be a RGN and had to wait for ages to get on a conversion course. Short sighted, going round in circles recycling old ideas, get up to date UKIP, or better still, get out.

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  • A vote for UKIP is a vote to kill the NHS with privatisation faster than the Tories or Labour would.
    I'll vote TUSC, socialism built the NHS and only a genuinely socialist party could save it.
    All the rest are hell bent on marketisation.

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  • Didn't Neil Hamilton say on UKIP's behalf that the NHS kill more people than the Taliban?
    Not exactly supportive of us then - ENs or not.

    And how are the others trying to get ENs in via the back door?

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  • bob cat

    UKIP policy for health has been clearly stated as moving to an insurance based system. No pay, No treatment.
    UKIP would also repatriate all immigrants and those born overseas, which would mean depleting the staff base by at least a quarter.
    UKIP are the far right wing even of the tory party which means separatist, elitist and feudal ideology, mainly based on 'racial origins'
    Any vote for these people is voting for people akin to Katie Hopkins
    See this for what it is

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  • Politics,politics why can we not look at the merits of the idea . (definanetly NOT a UKIP) supporter.
    I have in the past workd with Many EN's in the past mainly in Nursing Homes and for what it is worth I have not found them lacking . The only reason most SEN ,s wanted to upgrade was the restrictions put on them by their RGN collegues in the regisration Department of the Local Area Health authority that only RGNs could be "in charge" .When we questioned this we proved there no legal basis for this and the Act only required " a Registered Nurse" this was legally interpreted as any "Nurse" registered with the UKCC.
    This interpretation has been accepted by the CQC and now is current practice.
    Any previously side tract and down trodden Nurses out their should look into this as you would be more than welcomed in the Nursing Homes in senior roles depending only on experience of course

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  • It's about reality isn't it. We need SENs because we simply can't find enough people to undergo graduate training.

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