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Will you sign the Prime Minister's nursing pledge?


The Prime Minister’s Commission on the Future of Nursing and Midwifery has called on nurses to reiterate their commitment to NHS values and the NMC code; ensure optimal use of public resources; and get more involved with health policy and the public health agenda.

The pledge, one of the commission’s key recommendations, is designed to to complement the NMC code of practice and underline the NHS Constitution.

But it has already caused some controversy among nurses. What do you think? Will you sign the pledge?

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Readers' comments (16)

  • What are the consequences if you don't? What a load of rubbish....every thing I read lately leads me to realise I have to get out of this stupid arena. I became a nurse to do a job of work. Yes, I have desire to help people, but it is not my life's cause to save the population by pledges and acting as a role model. What I choose to do in my own time is my business as long as I do the job I am paid to do...I say leave me the hell alone!!!

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  • I will not sign that pledge, as a nurse I care for patients not "service users".

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  • I will certainly not be signing any pledge!

    Again nurses are targeted for failings in the NHS. What about all the other professionals involved in the patient's journey? Why are they not being asked to sign a pledge? I am completely fed up of nurses being villified for everything that is wrong with the NHS, but I think we make ourselves easy targets. It is time for us to stand together, side by side and let Mr Brown know what he can do with his pledge! Now I will go back to caring for patients on the frontline, in the real world not the magical one where this commision comes from.

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  • No I will not sign this insulting pledge. I WILL continue to honour my NMC code of conduct ; that is if I'm allowed to do so by the corrupt and incompetent managers in my NHS trust. On the two occasions that I raised concerns about poor practice, I was hounded out of my post, by liars who call themselves managers.

    Gordon Brown and his commission should address the (well proven) culture of NHS bullying.

    Or would that be like asking the fox to look after the lambs!!

    Hard to believe that nurses and midwives sat on this comission.

    Where will the money for processing this farce come from ? the cash strapped NHS, or our NMC subscriptions ?

    If UNISON & RCN read these comments, please tell us what you intend to do about this.

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  • Nope!
    Already signed up to a code opf conduct.
    What are the implications for the NMC and the code then?
    Tell you what, I'll just carry on and nurse here while you lot choose the wallpaper, let me know when you've made a proper decision

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  • What a joke the NHS is becoming.Get in the real world you people who keep making up these absolutely ridiculous obsene rules. I am a nurse and do my job to the best of my ability with abismal staffing levels.Everyone is stressed out but instead of offering something worthwhile when they know nurses are stressed and stretched to the limit, they bring out something else to kick us in the teeth.I cant wait to get out of this thankless profession

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  • No I won't, and if you want to try and force me Brown, bring it on!

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  • What exactly will they do when every Nurse just tells them where to stick their pledge?

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  • As a nurse i would like to say that this is what i already do. Is the prime minister trying to say that we are not already doing this??

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  • Yes Anonymous 6-March-2010 5:37, looks like the prime minister is tarring all nurses with th few who should not be tolerated in our profession. Signing a pledge will not refresh the rotten apples.

    Inquiry after inquiry shows that the rot is caused by mismanagement and cultures of fear.

    We should not blame the PM, who knows very litle about nursing.

    What about the nurses,midwives and unions who sat on the comission?

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