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Video: Gordon Brown at the Nursing Times Awards

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Prime Minister Gordon Brown made a surprise visit to last night's Nursing Times Awards in London

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  • A shameful, and weak performance, to an (presumably) intoxicated audience, who'd applaud anyone put in front of them. To compare Mandela's incarceration to that of Amy's husband's was an insult. More importantly, his reference to recent events in Haringey was grossly inappropriate. At the next election, please vote with your conscience.

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  • Not sure if you were there with us "intoxicated nurses" last night. We really appreciated the PM's appearance and what seemed a genuine dedication to our profession. He didn't compare Nelson Mandela’s time in prison to Amy Winehouse's husband's, he was quoting her light-heartedly. I do agree the reference to the Haringey tragedy was political after what happened in PMQ's yesterday, but was not offended. You obviously have a strong opinion about his speech, just not strong enough to give your name.

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  • I was at this awards ceremony and the reception that Gordon Brown got was phenomonal because what he was saying was funny and meant alot to the audience who were there in high spirits to celebrate their achievments. It was a fantastic evening and Mr Brown being there made it all the more special.

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  • As a 3rd year student nurse I am only to well aware of the considerable strain nursing staff face daily and thought the PM's accolade and praise of them sincere. The underlying issues of nurses and their working environment do not diminish with accolade though unfortunately. When nurses gain the respect and recognition such as our police force, civil servants, armed forces through increased pay, improved working conditions and safe working levels, then the refection of the country's gratitude maybe truly felt.

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  • I'm so pleased to see that Anonymous of Romford has been put in his place. How he/she thinks the PM was seriously comparing Amy Winehouse's husband to Nelson Mandela is beyond me. If there is any appropriate place to discuss the Baby P case, then it is a room full of the very nurses who could be charged with preventing similar care failures happening in future. For those of us who were there it wasa special night made all the more special by Gordon Brown's appearance. If you were not there, at least watch the video properly before spouting such Daily Mail-style nonsense about 'voting with you conscience'.

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  • My colleagues and i were at the awards , we all thought that Mr Brown was fabulous and sincere in his speech . We all had a drink but were not intoxicated as the anonymous person implied and even if we were so what ! we still had an incrediable time and more importantly we won the patient pathway award !!
    Thankyou to the nursing times for a fab night , Jo , Karen , Shelly , Jane and Heather x

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  • My colleagues and i were at the awards , we all thought that Mr Brown was fabulous and sincere in his speech . We all had a drink but were not intoxicated as the anonymous person implied and even if we were so what ! we still had an incrediable time and more importantly we won the patient pathway award !!
    Thankyou to the nursing times for a fab night , Jo , Karen , Shelly , Jane and Heather x

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